Meet Nevfel Akkasoglu

This is part of a Columbia News series introducing members of the University's Scholarship for Displaced Students, a program administered by the Columbia Global Centers. 

May 12, 2021

Nevfel Akkasoglu is a Columbia Law School student from Turkey. In an interview, he shared his goals for the future and what he wishes more people knew about Turkey.

What are you studying?

I am a master’s student at Columbia Law School specializing in data privacy and cybersecurity law.

Where are you living currently?

I live in Morningside Heights in New York City.

What are your goals for the future?

Advancing to a comprehensive legal education to best practice in technology law is my prominent goal. A legal profession in this sense excites me mainly because it allows discovering possibilities of how legal instruments can address new technological developments and thus help humanity move forward in a connected age.

What do you wish more people knew about Turkey?

Despite having political issues lately, Turkey has a very diverse, deep-rooted cultural and historical heritage, as well as great potential and a relatively healthier democracy tradition at the junction of the Middle East and Europe. I believe that Turkey will persevere in upholding its democratic progress again soon and set a good example of the rule of law in the region. Also, with incredible natural beauties and exceptional cuisine, Turkey has a lot to offer.