Ömer-Faruk Kafali graduated from Istanbul Şehir University School of Law with an "Honorary Degree" in 2016. He completed the Master of Private Law Program at the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences of İstanbul Şehir University with the thesis “Arbitral Decisions and Final Awards in Arbitration”.
Between 2017-2019, he worked as a Research Assistant at Istanbul Şehir University School of Law, Civil Procedural Law and Execution-Insolvency Law Department. Since October 2019, he has been working at Ibn Haldun University School of Law, at the Civil Procedural Law and Execution-Insolvency Law Department where he is furthering his Ph.D. in Private Law at the School of Graduate Studies. Ömer Faruk Kafali is also the Erasmus Coordinator for the School of Law. During 2022, Mr. Kafali was a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for International Procedural Law (Luxembourg).
Mr. Kafali participated at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition and FDI Foreign Direct Investment Moot Court Competition as a team member in 2015 and 2016. He also acted as an arbitrator at Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition. Since 2017 he has beens coaching various teams from different universities for national and international law competitions.
Mr. Kafali has authored several books and edited volumes, including "Final and Interim Arbitral Decisions" in the International Dispute Resolution Series. He has also contributed numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to international arbitration, COVID-19, and legal issues in Turkey.
In addition to his academic work, Mr. Kafali has extensive experience in dispute resolution, serving as a mediator and secretary to arbitral tribunals in both national and international contexts. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the International Chamber of Commerce Young Arbitrators Forum.
He speaks German and Turkish (native), English (advanced) and French (beginner).