Professor Ataergin started career as a commercial yacht captain while studying Law at Istanbul Uni. After completing his articleship became fully fledged advocate at Istanbul Bar Association, then joined the academic surrounding, reaching this career at the chair of Commercial Academic Unit at Faculty of Law, Marmara Uni. He obtained LLM at Southampton University in 1992 and fulfilled internship under the supervision of Judge Geoffrey Jones at Leicester County Court.
He is involved in international & domestic arbitration as an arbitrator at LMAA and CIArb(London), also an arbitrator in SHIAC(CHINA) and STK(Turkey). He teaches at Law School of Shanghai Maritime University (CHINA) and in Istanbul University Marine Sciences Ins, Marmara University, Piri Reis Maritime University, Gaziantep University Law School and Istanbul Maritime Ins (Turkey). He has been in Southampton University Institute of Maritime Law as a visiting scholar and City University Law School(London) as a visiting academic. He is in Insurance Research Group in Southampton Uni.
He has represented Turkish Foreign Ministry and Maritime Under secretariat in working groups of UNCTAD at UN in Wien and New York in March 2003, Nov 2008 and Feb 2009. He was designated for ILO on behalf of Turkish Government voting for the Maritime Labour Convention-2006 which in Geneva. He was an international affairs advisor for Seafarers Union and Turk-Is Union Confederation at ITF London between 2000-2004 and 2006-2008.He has written and published various articles and books on maritime & insurance law.
Currently, he practises maritime & trade consultancy business at “consultant wise maritime trade & training”(UK). He is also founding partner of “ataergintanriverdi law & consultancy”(Istanbul) providing consultancy, litigation, arbitration and mediation services on the law of international trade, all types of carriage of goods, maritime, aviation, marine casualties, insurance, corporates, mergers and acquisition, recognition & enforcement, employment contracts, real estate.