Prof. Dr. Ayşe Odman Boztosun 1998-1999 Academic Year Jean Monnet Scholar
Antalya Akdeniz University Faculty of Law
Teaching Assistant at the Department of Commercial Law
Could you tell us a little about yourself? How has your career been shaped until today?
I was born in Istanbul in 1973. After graduating from Robert College, I studied at Istanbul University Faculty of Law. After doing two master's degrees at Oxford University, I got my PhD degree from Istanbul University. I preferred an academic career. I worked as a research assistant in the Department of Commercial Law at Istanbul University Faculty of Law for six years. After that, I continued my career at Erciyes University and Akdeniz University. As of 2021, I have completed twenty-five years in the academy. I have been a professor in the Department of Commercial Law at Antalya Akdeniz University Faculty of Law for eight years. Along with commercial law, I work in competition law and intellectual property law. I also have a book called “Anayasa Candır” in the field of constitutional law aimed at contributing to the knowledge of citizenship.
Could you give us information about the university and the topic you studied with the Jean Monnet Scholarship Program?
I was accepted into the Master of Studies in Legal Research program at Oxford University. I wrote a thesis where I critically examine the provisions on the protection of competition in the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) from the Agreements of the World Trade Organization. The thesis was found successful with a degree of "distinction". The paper produced from the thesis was also published in the Journal of World Intellectual Property.
How did the education you completed through the Jean Monnet Scholarship Program affect your view of the European Union?
In addition to having the opportunity to examine the European Union regulations and practices in depth, I had the opportunity to observe the social, political and economic reflections of the aforementioned membership of the United Kingdom, which was a member of the European Union in those years. I personally witnessed the climate of cultural fusion and reconciliation created with the European Union.
What would you like to recommend to Jean Monnet Scholarship candidates?
I suggest that they see the period they will spend in the European Union countries as an important opportunity not only from an academic point of view, but also in social and cultural terms, and to make efficient inferences to define and internalize the cultural values of the country they will go to and of our own country with a comparative perspective by keeping their communication channels more open than ever.