💫🎓 Leiden 24-08-22 • Unaware of what the year still has in store of course, this was most probably one of the most special days to me. Very grateful to have graduated from the Advanced LLM Programme in Law & Digital Technologies after a wonderful year at @universiteitleiden
. It was special to graduate cum laude, be awarded a 9.5/10 for my thesis on the profiling of children for commercial purposes and have the honour to address all professors and other members of the academic staff, my fellow students and our family members including my husband and father, as “class valedictorian”, closing the graduation ceremony at the magnificent Academy Building, the oldest university building in the Netherlands.
And though it was all so very festive, I couldn’t just celebrate without drawing attention to matters I care about, being granted the floor on that special occasion. Citing my valedictory address, “I wish I could say the names of all girls and women in Afghanistan and elsewhere in the world deprived of the right to education and in dire need of the world’s attention, but I cannot. Let us think of them.”
I’m tremendously grateful to Professor Simone van der Hof as my thesis supervisor and Dr. Mark Leiser @fertalizer
as thesis coordinator for all valuable lessons learned, their sheer kindness when I juggled thesis writing and pregnancy, and for instilling their trust in me, working on 2 academic articles now, on effectively safeguarding the rights of children online.
I’m excited and honoured to have joined @vuamsterdam
as Lecturer/Researcher Internet Law for the coming year: a chance I cherish to further explore academia and this very relevant field of law. One more big thank you to Dr. Mark Leiser @fertalizer
who was my lecturer last year and is my colleague now. Life is like a box of chocolates and I’m thankful for such a warm welcome in Amsterdam.
What a day to cherish this was, accompanied by two men most dear to me - my husband and father. Thank you @willemdijckmeester
once more for being the partner I hope our girls will find one day: loving me always, regardless of stress over exams or petitions. You are my rock.
Cheers to dreaming big 🥂