Mr. Senel is a practicing lawyer admitted to the Istanbul Bar Association and a Ph.D. candidate at Tel Aviv University, the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies. After receiving his LL.B. from Istanbul Bilgi University, Senel received his MBL degree from Freie Universität Berlin upon his thesis titled as the Enforceability of Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements as to Antitrust Claims for Damages. Subsequently, Senel received his LL.M. from Tel Aviv University, where he pursues his Ph.D. candidacy under the supervision of Professor Birnhack.
In his Ph.D. dissertation titled as Digital Remains Succession amidst Proprietary and Personality Rights, Senel seeks an answer to the primary question of whether to conceptualize a deceased user's account and content as inheritable property or to develop a personality right-based doctrine to protect personal interests embedded in digital remains. Upon his exploration on legal implications of digital remains, Senel elaborates on the notion of quasi-property as a private law tool to encompass both post-mortem privacy and data protection, as well as proprietary claims.
While initially Senel’s interest had been in fields of intersection between private and public law (e.g., private enforcement in competition law or data trusts as means of privacy protection) his focus broadened in the course of his doctorate research. Thus, conventionally marginal legal subjects (e.g., deceased, non-human animals, algorithms) and objects of precarious legal status (e.g., digital objects) are of novel interest in Senel’s academic pursuit. Despite his widening interest topics, however, Senel remains in touch with his first favorite, that is international arbitration, in terms of extracurricular activities, hence continues to undertake duties in Willem C. Vis Moot and FDI Moot as a judge, an arbitrator, and a coach.