Sophie Starrenburg

Job title
PhD Candidate, Grotius Centre, Law Faculty at Leiden University

Sophie obtained her BA at Leiden University College in the Hague, majoring in Global Justice. She graduated summa cum laude in 2014, and her bachelor thesis on the topic of cultural genocide was selected to be presented at Leiden University’s Dies Natalis in February 2015.  

After her bachelor’s degree, Sophie continued on to the LL.M programme in public international law at Leiden University, where she was a member of the Telders Moot Court team.  

After graduating cum laude from her degree at Leiden, she went on to pursue a second LL.M at the University of Cambridge as a Rotary Scholar. She graduated with First Class honours and was awarded the De Hart Prize in Law from Christ’s College. During her time at Cambridge she was involved as an editor in the Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law. 

She has a particular interest in the intersection between cultural heritage and public international law, and worked for several years as a researcher for the Advisory Committee on the Assessment of Restitution Applications for Items of Cultural Value and the Second World War in the Hague. Her current research interests are focused on the balance between local and global interests in the protection of cultural heritage.

Sophie is currently a PhD candidate at the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies, where she is pursuing her research on cultural heritage governance and human rights, supported by an NWO ‘Research Talent’ grant.

Sophie Starrenburg
Phone number
+31 71 527 4103