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Joanne van der Leun on Leiden Top 50 list with Leiden Law Park initiative

International Women’s Day 2020 saw the first edition of the Leiden Top 50. The list that was announced includes 50 women who made a difference in Leiden in the past year.

Joanne van der Leun, Dean of Leiden Law School, is listed in the category Science and Higher Education. In the past year she was committed to achieving a future-proof faculty that has firm links to the city, and also to establishing a thriving Leiden Law Park in the vicinity of the Van der Werfpark.

Joanne van der Leun (bottom row, third left) at the announcement of the Leiden Top 50 (Photo: Leidse Glibber)

Van der Leun is delighted to have been selected for the list. 'Who would have thought it, when I came to Leiden twenty years ago. It is a huge honour for me and I congratulate all the other women included on the list! The University and the Law School are a part of this city, and I hope that this will be felt more in the future. This new network is already talking about setting up joint initiatives in a range of areas, and we came up with some great ideas straight away.'

No ranking

The initiators Liang de Beer and Jenny Bruin stress that the Leidse Top 50 is not a ranking of the fifty most powerful women in Leiden with one winner. It is a list of women who made a difference in Leiden in 2019.  The list was compiled on the basis of nominations received from city residents. Around 280 nominations were submitted.

The women included on the list are divided over ten categories: Science and Higher Education, Politics, Government, BioScience Park, Entrepreneurs and Business Sector,  Cultural Sector, Education, Health Care, Social and Voluntary Organisations and Associations, and finally a category for all those who didn’t fit into one of the other categories, but did deserve a place on the Leiden Top 50 list.

The jury members were Marleen Hogendoorn, Carolien Stolte, Pim van Vliet, Angela van Steijn, Gemma Lago, Hanneke de Winter and Fien van Rossum.

Dean Joanne van der Leun about the Leiden Law Park (interview in Dutch)

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