Page 2 / De iure September 2018
Note from the Dean
On the occasion of the publication of
the Faculty's New Year magazine
Welcome to De Iure, the Buchmann Faculty of Law magazine
brought to you twice a year, at Rosh Hashanah and Passover,
in Hebrew and English. Out of the rich and varied activities
at TAU Law, the current issue reviews in detail some of our
news and latest developments.
This year has seen a tremendous leap forward in achieving
new heights of student success. To begin with, 14 students
at the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies have
been awarded PhDs in 2018. This is a record number of
doctoral recipients in one year. In addition, 19 students
have been offered prestigious clerkship positions with the
Supreme Court of Israel, another TAU Law record. These
achievements are a testimony to our vision, our mission,
and to our continued commitment to academic excellence.
But this commitment means more than just delivering a
first-class legal education; it is also about fostering an
environment where our students, across the wide spectrum
of communities in Israel, feel engaged and supported.
TAU Law is also experiencing a period of monumental
growth and prosperity through funding collaborations and
new partnerships. We are grateful to the Coller Foundation
for their generous support for the “Animal Protection Law”
course. Another outstanding contribution is the David Berg
Foundation’s renewal of support for the David Berg Institute
for Law and History over the next two years, allowing us
to extend the reach of the current program. The continued
trust that is placed in us by our generous supporters is a
significant factor in our success. As part of our ongoing
efforts to expand the international opportunities for our
faculty and students, we have established a new partnership
with Sciences Po Law School in Paris, and look forward to
the new collaboration. We have also strengthened our
connections with the University of Toronto Faculty of
Law and held a joined doctoral conference, along with an
ongoing student and faculty exchange program.
In the current edition you will find a mixture of news and
features on a wide range of topics that showcase the
high-quality, broad-scope research and activities we are
involved in. To kick things off, you can read a fascinating
interview with Prof. Ariel Porat about the personalization
of default rules and disclosure, and the way Big Data is
transforming every industry, including the legal disciplines,
from inheritance law to consumer contracts, medical
malpractice, privacy and torts. Also in this edition, we
review some of the programs and services aimed at
broadening access and fostering holistic student success.
Lastly, we talk to one of our graduates, Adv. Mustafa Senel,
originally from Turkey, about his experiences at TAU Law
and why he feels at home here.
On the eve of the Jewish New Year, I want to thank
each and everyone involved in our mission for helping
to showcase the rich diversity at TAU Law. Our students
and faculty are drawn from all across the globe, and the
diversity they bring unites us as a community across a
range of dimensions, including language, culture and faith.
Wishing you and your families a joyous holiday and all the
best for a happy and healthy Rosh Hashanah!
Prof. Sharon Hannes, Dean