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Hakan Sahin

Dr Hakan Sahin

Senior Lecturer

Nottingham Law School

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Nottingham Law School staff


Dr Hakan Sahin is a Senior Lecturer (teaching & research) in Law specialising in International Energy Investment Law at Nottingham Law School, NTU.

As a research-active member of academic staff within NLS, he designs and develops modules (including International Energy Investment Law, Regulation of Cryptoassets and Blockchain) and leads and teaches the following modules at postgraduate level: International Commercial Transactions, International Energy Investment Law, Regulation of Cryptoassets and Blockchain.

Hakan is a research ethics reviewer for the Schools of Business, Law, and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (BLSS REC). As a research ethics reviewer, he works closely with the Research Ethics Committee and its administrative team to review and provide feedback on research ethics applications made by multi-disciplinary colleagues.

He is well-connected in his field and has harnessed his network to organise conferences and events to raise the profile of the Law School and help attract new streams of revenue. For this purpose, as a member of the Centre for Business and Insolvency Law within NLS, he organises the Annual Conference on the Intersection of Corporate Law and Technology on behalf of the research centre. In this capacity, he chairs the panels of the conference, sourcing, engaging, and briefing academics and practitioners from all over the world.

Hakan also works closely with the NLS Research Steering Group and supports senior colleagues by contributing to research strategy development discussions for the REF 2027/28.

Career overview

Hakan undertook his LLM Postgraduate Programme in ‘International and European Business Law’ at Anglia Ruskin University and subsequently completed his PhD with the same university. Before joining the NTU, he worked as an Assistant Professor in the department of Private International Law at Maltepe University, Istanbul, Türkiye.

Research areas

Hakan’s research interests are mainly Political Economy Theory, Political Institutions, International Energy Investment Law and Arbitration, Law & Technology, and in particular Regulation of Cryptoassets and Blockchain.

He welcomes PhD proposals that take multidisciplinary approaches such as Law and Sociology and/or Psychology. He supervises both LLM and PhD students’ independent research projects.

External activity

Hakan is a member of the Energy Disputes Arbitration Centre (EDAC), Ankara, Türkiye.

Sponsors and collaborators

As a research-active member of academic staff, Dr Sahin is the grant holder of an internally and externally funded international research project. He is the Principal Investigator of the following funded research project: Regulation of Crypto Assets and AI as a Corporate Crime Prevention Method research project.

With the aforementioned research project, he has received two internal and one external research grants:

  • BTCTurk Cryptocurrency Exchange Company, Istanbul, Turkey: £2500 (External)
  • Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Law School, £2170
  • Vice Chancellor’s Future Leadership Programme, Nottingham Trent University, £1500


Authored Book

Hakan Sahin, ‘Host Government Agreements and the Law in the Energy Sector: The Case of Azerbaijan and Turkey’. (Routledge, 2019).

Journal article

Hakan Sahin, ‘Production Sharing Agreements in the Caucasus and Central Asia: A Contextual Study of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan’, Transnational Dispute Management, (2019) (TDM, ISSN 1875-4120)

Hakan Sahin, ‘Political Risk in Energy Related Investment Disputes’, World Arbitration & Mediation Review Vol. 11:3 (2018) 353-381

Hakan Sahin, ‘Project Finance Lenders, Insurers and Credit Rating Agencies: Do They Play an Active Role in Inclusion of Stabilisation Clauses in Investment Contracts?’, Bahcesehir University Law Review, Vol.127-128 (2015) 131-168

Chapter in Book

Hakan Sahin, ‘Production Sharing Agreements in the Caucasus and Central Asia: A Contextual Study of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan’ Chapter 24, in Anna Aseeva and Jedrej Gorski (eds) The Law and Policy of New Eurasian Regionalisation: Economic Integration, Trade, and Investment in the Post-Soviet and Greater Euroasia Space (Brill 2021) (ISBN:97890044478)

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