Florentine Sneij grew up in Antwerp, Belgium. With both her parents from different nationalities, she never knew anything different than living in a multicultural environment.
Because of her interest and determination to understand the legal framework of society, she studied law at the University of Leuven and completed an exchange year at Queen Mary University London, specialising in international and economic law. She could gain meaningful practical experience in these fields during internships at companies and law firms, such as the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and Belgian law boutique van Cutsem, Wittamer, Marnef and Partners. Florentine is currently pursuing an L.L.M. at the Graduate Institute of Geneva, where she specialises in international trade and international public law under the supervision of the most prominent lawyers teaching at the Institute.
Florentine's main research areas are related to the Middle East. In particular, her expertise covers the history of the law of the Levant and current arbitration investment laws in Syria and Lebanon. Florentine is vice-president of the Middle East North Africa initiative at the Graduate Institute of Geneva and aims at showing a different, positive image of the Middle East.