Güneş Ünüvar


Güneş Ünüvar is a Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg and an Of Counsel for the Ankara-based law firm Özgür Ünüvar Bakiler. He also acts as Counsel on International Space Law and Governance for the Luxembourg-based Alpha Persei DAO, which focuses on blockchain-based investments in the space sector and tokenization of space assets. He is the incoming Managing Editor of the Journal of World Investment and Trade, and the Editor-in-Chief of the space law blog, Pulsar. As of January 2024, he will be affiliated with the University of Luxembourg. He obtained his LL.M. in international and European law from the Institute for European Studies (now the Brussels School of Governance) at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and his Ph.D. in international investment law from the Centre of Excellence for International Courts (iCourts), University of Copenhagen. Before his current position, he was a Carlsberg Foundation postdoctoral researcher at iCourts. He was also a visiting researcher at Columbia University and the Energy Charter Secretariat. His research interests include international economic law, international investment law, and dispute resolution; as well as international space law and the role of private capital in outer space activities. He is currently working on a book which focuses on the intersection between the protection of foreign investments and international space law.

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The Mandate Conundrum: Reflections on the 46th Session of the UNCITRAL Working Group III on ISDS Reform

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