meet Svetlana

Svetlana Evliya MCIArb

Svetlana Evliya is Jones Swanson’s Of Counsel working out of Istanbul, Turkey. She specializes in investor-state and international commercial arbitration, with a particular emphasis on disputes arising out of bilateral investment treaties. Svetlana has a wide experience in the representation of private-sector companies and sovereign states or state-owned entities in investment treaty and international commercial arbitrations arising from a wide range of disputes, particularly in construction, agriculture, pharmaceutical, and energy sectors. Svetlana’s experience includes arbitration proceedings under the auspice of major arbitral institutions, including the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Svetlana has recently been involved in several high-stakes arbitrations arising from large infrastructure projects in Africa, many of which involve Turkish entities.

Svetlana also lectures on international arbitration at Yeditepe University Law School in Istanbul, Turkey.


  • Moscow State University, Law Faculty, LL.B., summa cum laude
  • Denver University, Sturm College of Law, Russia-DU Law Student Fellowship Program
  • University of Salzburg, Law Faculty, Ph.D. Student Exchange Program


  • Lomonosov Scholarship, Moscow State University
  • Gold Medal, Moscow State University
  • Denver Rotary Club Scholarship for the Russia-DU Law Student Fellowship Program (co-sponsored by Ved Nanda Center for International Law, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Colorado Bar Foundation and Moscow State University)


  • Russian Federation


  • International Bar Association
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Arbitral Women
  • ThoughtLeaders4 FIRE
  • Istanbul Arbitration Association
  • International Women of Istanbul


  • Dogan v. Turkmenistan: ICSID arbitration brought under the Turkey-Germany BIT, involving a large scale agribusiness project
  • Garanti Koza v. Turkmenistan: ICSID arbitration brought under the U.K.-Turkmenistan BIT, arising from a contract for the construction of highway bridges
  • Caratube v. Kazakhstan: ICSID arbitration brought under the U.S.-Kazakhstan BIT, arising from the termination of an oil exploration and production agreement
  • Ruby Roz v. Kazakhstan: UNCITRAL arbitration brought under the Kazakh Foreign Investment Law involving a large scale agribusiness project
  • Etrak v. Libya: an ICC arbitration brought under the Turkey-Libya BIT arising out of the government’s non-payment of compensation under a settlement agreement related to various constructions projects



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