In line with ESIL’s goals of encouraging high-level scholarship, developing a greater awareness and understanding of international law, and promoting younger researchers, the ESIL Board decided to award the ESIL Young Scholar Prize (YSP) at each ESIL Annual Conference for an outstanding paper submitted and presented by an early-career scholar. The Prize was first awarded in 2015.

The Prize consists of two years’ free membership of the Society, plus a contribution towards the costs of travel and accommodation at the conference.

The winner of the ESIL Young Scholar Prize is announced in the conference programme and the Prize certificate is awarded during the conference dinner. The prize-winning paper will be published in the European Journal of International Law (subject to review).

ESIL is very grateful to Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP (Wilmer Hale), a global law firm, for their sponsorship of the Prize.

 

Eligibility conditions

The YSP will be awarded for the best paper submitted to the conference or to a pre-conference Interest Group event by scholars at an early stage in their career. Early-career scholars are (i) candidates for a postgraduate degree in law; (ii) PhD candidates or those who have had their oral defence no longer than 3 years prior to the submission of an abstract; or (iii) those who are within the first 5 years of their career following the award of their last academic degree and who can provide evidence of their contribution to legal scholarship through academic publication.

Candidates for the Prize have to be ESIL members at the time of submitting their abstract. Co-authored articles will only be considered for the prize if all authors fulfill the eligibility criteria.

In order to be considered, candidates are asked to provide the following information when submitting the abstract:

  • An expression of interest in competing for the ESIL Young Scholar Prize
  • Details of academic background, which indicate how the eligibility criteria are met e.g. date of PhD defence, etc.
  • Date of joining ESIL

Upon acceptance of the abstract for presentation at the conference or at an Interest Group event and confirmation that they are eligible for the YSP, authors must submit a paper of between 8,000 and 12,000 words (including footnotes) to the ESIL Secretariat by 1 July for consideration by the YSP jury.

ESIL strongly encourages young scholars to apply for future conferences and compete for the Prize. The YSP jury consists of three ESIL members selected by the ESIL Board.

 

Previous Prize-winners: 

  • The 2018 Prize was awarded to Ríán Tuathal Derrig, PhD researcher at the European University Institute, for his paper Educating American Modernists: The Psychoanalytic Jurisprudence of the ‘New Haven School’.

    The jury also awarded an honourable mention to Cheah W.L., Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, for her paper Courts as Cross-cultural Translators: An Expressivist Analysis of the Judicial Accommodation of Cultural Evidence in International Criminal Law Trials.

  • The 2017 Prize was awarded to Joshua Paine, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, for his paper Evaluating the Distinctive Contribution of International Adjudication as a Global Public Good.

  • The 2015 Prize was awarded to Malcolm Langford, Postdoctoral Fellow, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights and Pluricourts Centre of Excellence, University of Oslo, for his paper Managing Backlash: The Evolving Investment Treaty Arbitrator? (co-authored with Daniel Behn). 

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