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Tolga Yalkin

Adjunct Professor



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Tolga Yalkin is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa. He teaches constitutional law, civil procedure, private international law, and legal writing. Before coming to work with the University of Ottawa, Mr. Yalkin served as a Retained Lecturer in Constitutional Law at the University of Oxford, where he taught British Constitutional Law. His research interests are diverse, covering a wide range of legal and economic issues. He is particularly active in the fields of constitutional, international, criminal, and immigration law.

Mr. Yalkin also pursues his diverse interests through his work with the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO). He holds the position of Senior Financial Advisor-Analyst on the Expenditure and Revenue Analysis team. His work with the PBO focuses largely on analysis of defence and criminal justice costs. In this capacity, he generated estimates and reports on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter acquisition for the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Joint Support Ship acquisition for the Royal Canadian Navy. Mr. Yalkin also provides strategic and policy advice, and he recently participated in the 5th Annual Meeting of OECD Parliamentary Budget Officials and Independent Fiscal Institutions, where he presented on Independent Financial Institutions and Access to Information.

Mr. Yalkin has spoken at conferences organized by the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and the World Bank. His publications include articles in the European Journal of International Law, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Business, and the Journal of Political and Parliamentary Law. 

Mr. Yalkin speaks English, French, and Turkish, and has studied and worked on three continents. Growing up in Canada, he began his university career at the University of British Columbia where he completed an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in Business and Managerial Economics.

Following graduation, he moved to Australia where he received his LLB from the University of Sydney, and was admitted to the Supreme Court of New South Wales. While in Australia he was employed by the office of the Legal Services Commissioner and by Clayton Utz, where he worked primarily in banking and financial regulation.

After leaving Australia, Mr. Yalkin pursued graduate studies at Oxford University. He received both a BCL and an MPhil in Law, graduating with distinction from both programs. Throughout his career, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Australian Bicentennial Scholarship, the Hague Academy of International Law Scholarship, and the Banking and Financial Services Law Association Scholarship. During his time at Oxford, Mr. Yalkin served as Sub-Dean at Wadham College, Editor-in-Chief of the Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, and President of Oxford Pro Bono Publico.

In 2010, Mr. Yalkin returned to Canada, where he took up his current positions with the University of Ottawa and the Office of the Parliamentary Budget Officer.

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"Expenditure Analysis of Criminal Justice in Canada," Parliamentary Budghet Office, March 20, 2013

"Feasibility of Budget for Acquisition of Two Joint Support Ships," Parliamentary Budget Office, February 27, 2013

"Before the Ink is Dry: The Canadian Parliamentary Budget Officer,” 6 Journal of Political and Parliamentary Law 3 at 339

"Memorandum Opinion for the Parliamentary Budget Officer," June 18, 2012.

“Cabinet Confidential: Limiting Freedom of Information,” (2012) 30 National Journal of Constitutional Law 86

“The Impact of Bill C-10 on Immigration Status,” (2012) 23 Canada’s Immigration & Citizenship Bulletin 1

“The Fiscal Impact of Changes to Eligibility for Conditional Sentences of Imprisonment in Canada,” Parliamentary Budget Office, February 28, 2012

“An Estimate of the Fiscal Impact of Canada’s Proposed Acquisition of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter,” Parliamentary Budget Office, March 10, 2011

“Comparing PBO and DND Cost Estimates on Canadas Proposed Acquisition of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter: Some Preliminary Questions and Answers on Key Issues,” Parliamentary Budget Office, March 23, 2011

“The International Minimum Standard and Investment Law: The Proof is in the Pudding,” European Journal of International Law, July 30, 2009

“Ecuador Denounces ICSID: Much Ado About Nothing?,” European Journal of International Law, July 29, 2009

“Corporate Social Responsibility Soft-Law Developments in the European Union,” United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Business, August 13, 2009

“Fools Gold? Legitimate Expectations as Understood in Glamis Gold v US,” European Journal of International Law, July 28, 2009

“International Investment Arbitration: Poisoned at the Root?,” European Journal of International Law, June 23, 2009

“Obstacles to Justice and Redress for Victims of Corporation Human Rights Abuse,” United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Business, July 28, 2009

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