In 2020 Professor Akseli was awarded with the Fulbright Award to spend time teaching and researching in the USA at Elon University Law School in 2021/2022. He taught Secured Transactions, and International Business Transactions to JD students.
He was awarded £10,000 funding (together with Professor John Linarelli) by the Society of Legal Scholars to organise the 2017 SLS Annual seminar "The Future of Commercial Law: Ways Forward for Harmonisation". The proceedings from this prestigious conference were published by Hart Publishing in 2021.
Professor Akseli was awarded £4000 funding by the Modern Law Review in 2010 and sponsored by the World Bank for the purpose of organising The World Bank and the Modern Law Review Conference on International Legal Standards on Secured Transactions and Financial Crisis. This prestigious and competitive award, as well as the generous support of the World Bank, enabled the development of academic and practical debate on how international legal standards on secured transactions might faciliate credit in the face of financial crisis. The proceedings from this conference were published by the Cambridge University Press.