Sophia is Leiden Law School’s International Study Association for international students at the Law Faculty. It is the international branch of Grotius which is the Dutch Law Study Association.
Sophia is derived from the Greek word ‘sophos’(σοφός), which means wisdom and it was founded in the summer of 2014.
During its first years several activities for its members have been organised. These activities aim to accomplish Sophia’s two goals, which are:
- more interaction between Dutch law students and international law students;
- organising interesting and more intellectual minded activities for the international law students.
Sophia has organized various activities. One of its activities is attending The Hague's International Day in September. During The Hague’s International Day various International institutions (such as the ICC, ICTY, OPCW) open their doors for public, so this is a good opportunity to see these institutions and to ask questions. There has also been a visit to the embassy of Israel in The Hague, where even the ambassador made some time for our students, which was really great. Furthermore there has been a lecture given by Dr. Jonathan Price about whether Grotius should or should not be considered the father of modern Public International Law. Other activities were the lecture on the European Refugee crisis and a presentation by EUROJUST.
Apart from these more intellectual activities there have also been several social drinks (“borrels” in Dutch) for the members of Sophia and two social drinks have even been together with Grotius. The aim of having these “borrels” together with Grotius is to have the Dutch and the international students mingle with each other. Another social activity was the a trip to an Escape Room in The Hague.
You can become a member of Sophia by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.