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Honored Guests, ILI-Istanbul
Leadership, Faculty and Supporters
gather at the inception of
ILI's newest institute in
Istanbul, Turkey
Ümit Hergüner Founding Partner
Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership;
Ambassador Bilge Cankorel of Turkey;
Prof. Don Wallace, Jr, Chairman of ILI;
Turgut Tarhanli, Dean of Bilgi Law School
Ümit Hergüner, formally announces
the formation of ILI-Istanbul


The International Law Institute (ILI), together with Istanbul Bilgi University and the Corporate Governance Association of Turkey (TKYD) proudly launched the newest ILI regional center in Istanbul, Turkey.

The launch event took place at Istanbul Bilgi University and attracted law professionals, academicians and national media. Chairman of ILI, Prof. Don Wallace, was one of the speakers at the event and stated: "I am very pleased to participate in this launch of our regional center in Istanbul. ILI has trained approximately 30,000 individuals-lawyers, civil servants, engineers and managers, judges and young academicians-over the years. Our Istanbul institute will have its own board, and is intended to serve not only Turkey but the countries within the region."

Ümit Hergüner, founding partner at Hergüner Bilgen Özeke Attorney Partnership and a driving force in creating the regional center, also shared his views. So too did Javade Chaudhri, Executive Vice President of Sempra Energy, who served as principal instructor at one of the regional center's first courses being given at the time of the launch, on the subject of "Board Development and Independent Board Members."

It is intended that ILI's Istanbul regional center will serve the needs of participants in Turkey, as well as participants from neighboring countries and in the Balkins, Caucasuses, Central Asia and the Middle East. ILI's programs, generally intended for government officials, practitioners and the private sector, cover a wide variety of issues relevant to good governance and the rule of law. Some of the courses that will be undertaken by the Istanbul center include international procurement, international trade, project financing and management, arbitration and mediation, court administration, and capital market regulation. TKYD, which participated in the launch, is serving as ILI's partner in organizing the regional center and has helped ILI in planning and conducting its initial programs at the center. ILI is organizing strategic plans which will allow the center to eventually operate independently of TKYD.

ILI offers training to assist government officials, practitioners and the private sector in finding solutions to the legal and economic challenges faced by emerging economies. ILI participants are exposed to best practices in good governance, management, and transparency standards that will give them the tools to improve the performance of government agencies, promote public accountability in government and achieve economic growth.

ILI currently has global affiliates in Uganda, Nigeria and Chile, among other places. Participants from over 185 countries have been trained over the years by ILI and its affiliates. In teaching its courses ILI relies on a network of hundreds of prominent legal practitioners, government officials and academicians who are among the leading experts in their fields.



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