Prof. Yücel Acer graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences at Ankara University, Turkey, and went on the earn an LL.M. Degree in International Law from the Law Faculty at the University of Sheffield, UK, and a PhD in International Law from the Law Faculty of the University of Bristol, UK. His postdoctoral studies were at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaii, United States. Acer specializes in international law of the sea, international law of armed conflicts, and international human rights law. He is the author of numerous academic articles in addition to his books entitled The Aegean Maritime Disputes and International Law; Crime of Aggression in International Law (Uluslararası Hukukta Saldırı Suçu); The Asylum Strategy of Turkey from the Global and Regional Perspectives (Küresel ve Bölgesel Perspektiften Türkiye’nin İltica Stratejisi); and A Basic Textbook on International Law (Uluslararası Hukuk Temel Ders Kitabı). Acer has taught at the Turkish Military Academy, İzmir University of Economics, Eskişehir Osmangazi University, and Atılım University. Currently, he is a professor of International Law at the Faculty of Law at Yıldırım Beyazıt University in Ankara.
Natural disasters, wars, and economic collapse tend to seriously undermine social order and make it impossible to address even people’s most basic needs. During such periods, it becomes difficult for communities to feed themselves, find shelter, receive medical attention, relocate, and communicate with others. Individuals and communities have provided emergency assistance to such individuals, without expecting anything in return, to address basic needs like food, shelter, and medical treatment throughout history.
The ongoing reform efforts have made some modest achievements but have so far failed on major issues, such as reforming the Security Council in terms of membership and voting. Türkiye feels obliged to participate in discussions and contribute to reform efforts and proposals toward better global governance.