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Sofia Fernandes Da Silva Ranchordás

Assistant Professor

Mr.dr. S.H. Fernandes Da Silva Ranchordás
+31 71 527 3416

Sofia Ranchordás is an Assistant Professor of Constitutional and Administrative at Leiden Law School since June 2016, where she teaches Dutch Administrative Law and EU and Comparative Administrative Law.

More information about Sofia Fernandes Da Silva Ranchordás

From January 2015 to June 2016 Sofia Ranchordás was a Resident Fellow of the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. During this period her research was focused on the study of the regulation of digital platforms in particular in the context of the sharing economy. While in the United States, she remained affiliated with Tilburg Law School where she had been appointed Assistant Professor of Administrative Law in January 2014. At Tilburg she taught Constitutional and Administrative Law, Comparative Administrative Law, and Legislative Studies. Sofia Ranchordás defended her PhD entitled “Sunset Clauses and Experimental Legislation: Blessing or Curse for Innovation?” in May 2014 at Tilburg Law School and University of Antwerp (joint PhD). Her research was supervised by Professors Rob van Gestel (Tilburg) and Patricia Popelier (Antwerp) and financed by the Dutch National Research Council (NWO). Her PhD dissertation was distinguished with a cum laude (highest honors in the Dutch system, top 5%). In 2014 she was awarded the Prize for Best Dissertation of Tilburg University and her PhD dissertation has since then been nominated for several prizes. In July 2014 Sofia Ranchordás (co-applicant) and her colleague Linze Schaap (applicant) from Tilburg University were awarded a Dutch National Research Council grant (NWO) to start a research center on the study of Regional Law and Governance (+/- €500,000). In October 2014 she received a Niels Stensen Fellowship to conduct research in the United States. She has visited at several international universities (University of Antwerp 2012-2014, George Washington University Law School 2014, University of International Relations in Beijing 2016) and collaborated with the University of Valencia in an international project on the sharing economy.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Utrecht (L.L.M Law and Economics) with a thesis on the trade-off between fairness and efficiency in the regulation of insider trading which was awarded a 10/10. She practiced EU and competition law at a prestigious law firm in Lisbon between 2008 and 2009. She graduated summa cum laude from Law School in Portugal (Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Porto, Portugal).

Sofia Ranchordás has been invited to speak at multiple international conferences and she has numerous international publications on temporary and experimental legislation, innovation and the law, comparative public law, the regulation of digital platforms, and citizen participation. In 2015 and 2016, Sofia participated in different initiatives organized by the Federal Trade Commission and European Commission on the regulation of the sharing economy. Her work has been featured by multiple media outlets such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Wall Street Journal. At the moment she is particularly interested in the relationship between lawmaking and technology, citizen mobilization and citizen narratives, comparative administrative law, and participatory democracy.

Assistant Professor

  • Faculteit Rechtsgeleerdheid
  • Instituut voor Publiekrecht
  • Staats- en Bestuursrecht

Work address

Kamerlingh Onnes Building
Steenschuur 25
2311 ES Leiden
Room number B 1.16



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