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Page 21 / De iure September 2018 Tell me what you found unique about the Tech track and what drew you to it. Adv. Mustafa Senel feels at home in Israel you everything they have. Compared to my experiences in Turkey, Germany and France, studying at TAU Law has been a much more collaborative experience.” Can you give an example? “In France, a professor would give a lecture, and that would be the end of it. You would not see him again. In Germany my experience was a little better, but still nowhere near as collaborative. In Istanbul, too, you knew your place. The degree of informality and open channel of communication between faculty and students in Israel is something I have never experienced before. Another example is that Israeli professors insist on being addressed by their first name, which was new for me. They acknowledge your presence on an individual and personal level, which is amazing.” How would you describe some of the cultural differences and similarities between Turkey and Israel? “Culturally we are kind of the same. Geographically, Turkey is just ‘up the road’ from Israel… so we share many cultural similarities. I can immediately get the signals. For instance, I’m sure you know the cliché about ‘rude Israelis’, I know that’s not true because I know the signals. Day to day life and social interactions are similar. This br ings me to the next point; if you develop a friendly rapport with a professor, then there is often no hierarchical difference. They really do support you and allow you to take your time, etc. Opening the door is much easier here. In Istanbul, professors are also friendly, I am still in contact with some of my old professors, but you have to push much harder to open that door. The process of collaborative learning is much better and smoother in Israel.” “I was an arbitration lawyer; business, mergers and acquisitions, and then I decided to complete my master’s in business law. At the end of it, problems arising from big data, and data protection and privacy, were becoming major issues. I decided to bring privacy and competition law together for a PhD. From a research standpoint, while I had a good understanding of competition law, my problem was with data protection. I didn’t know where to start and how to distinguish it from consumer or competition law. I needed to set a structure and devise a brand new methodology. The program helped focus my head and gave me the tools I needed. My main courses were with Prof. Michael Birnhack, head of the Program. In the second semester, I attended a workshop by Prof. Avraham Tabbach and Dr. Shay Lavie and had to put a lot of effort into honing my knowledge and skills of economic analysis of the law, but it really paid off. Aside from that, I took American Privacy Law, which is important because they have a totally different approach to privacy, and some IP issues. I am overjoyed with my experience at TAU Law.” So what’s next? “Hopefully a PhD. I’m happy here. I feel at home. Another thing I like in Israel is the sense of humor, a kind of crude and cynical British humor, like in Turkey. I feel at home here. I’m at peace. You know, people always say to me ‘Oh, wow, you really picked the place to be at peace!’ but to be honest, in my personal life, I am at peace… and most importantly I am absolutely delighted with the standard of education here.” •