Gizem Alper has earned a PhD from Istanbul University and has masters degrees from Leiden University (the Netherlands) and Pace University (New York). She is an attorney in New York and Istanbul, with experience in cross border commercial matters, arbitration and mediation. She runs the CISG Database at the Institute of International Commercial Law at Elisabeth Haub School of Law (Pace University). She is also a mediator with the Volunteer Layers for the Arts (VLA) in New York. She is a member of LCIA, BVI Arbitration Group and secretary for Commercial Law and Uniform State Laws at the City Bar of New York.