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Sophia MO

PhD Researcher in International Law
Teaching Assistant for the LL.M. Programme
Spoken languages
Tagalog, English, Cantonese, Hokkien, Filipino, Mandarin, Spanish, French
Areas of expertise
  • Public International Law
  • International human rights law
  • International Environmental Law
  • Media and Democracy
Geographical Region of Expertise
  • East Asia
  • Southeast Asia

PhD Thesis


Title: Scientific Knowledge Production and International Law

PhD Supervisor & Co-supervisor: Anne Saab and Janne Nijman

Expected completion date: 2024

This research looks into the interface between scentific knowledge production and international law. It examines how the complex relationship between science and international law has affected the credibility and legitimacy of both disciplines.




Sophia Mo is a PhD researcher in International Law at The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies. Her doctoral research examines the interface of international amd sciemtific knowledge production. Before joining the LLM programme as a teaching assistant, she was a research assistant at the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy where she assisted in developing a research pillar on media and democracy. She also supported the research activities of Ms. Irene Khan, the current United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression.
Sophia has been a member of the Philippine bar since 2014 and has an interdisciplinary approach to the practice of law. She has taught courses in Media Law and Ethics as a Senior Lecturer in the University of the Philippines. She also has advocacy and consultancy work experience with the Philippine government and international NGOs.
She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Communication cum laude and Juris Doctor from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Laws in Advanced Studies in Public International Law from Leiden University. She was a member of the editorial boards of the Philippine Law Journal and the Journal of Public and international Affairs and a student editor for the Leiden Journal of International Law.


Research Interests


  • Legal Philosophy
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Human Rights
  • Knowledge Production
  • Self-Determination