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Evaluation Criteria

Each year a jury awards a prize to a young faculty member for the best publication of the Amsterdam Law School.

  1. Each year a jury awards a prize to a young researcher for the best publication of the faculty. 
  2. The members of the jury are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Law. 
  3. There is one prize which consists of an amount of €1.000,- to be used to stimulate the research activities of the prize winner. The amount will be added to the budget of the research group the winner is affiliated with. 


  1. Articles of an author who is currently a PhD candidate or who received his/her PhD less than five years ago will be taken into consideration. The base date for this rule is the 1st of January 2019. Books are not allowed. 
  2. Submitted articles were published in between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019. 
  3. In order to determine in which year a piece was published, the volume of the medium in which the piece was published will be decisive, in case a discrepancy exists between the volume and the actual year of publication. 
  4. Co-authored articles can also compete if all authors comply with the criterium mentioned in point 4. 


  1. The evaluation takes place in line with the criteria mentioned in points 9-12, which will be interpreted and applied according to the jury’s best judgment. 
  2. Scientific originality: the research question is relevant and original. The approach and/or method are effective and novel. The elaboration of the question, the motivation and argumentation, and the outcomes are innovative. 
  3. Thoroughness: the extent to which the publication reaches the level of completeness with regard to answering the research question and the extent to which the research is based on relevant sources. 
  4. Cross-border nature: concepts deriving from different legal systems are compared to each other in a substantive and in-depth manner (i.e. not merely describing one concept placing it next to another one). ‘Crossing borders’ can occur in different respects:
  • external legal comparison: a comparison of different national legal systems in time and space; 
  • internal legal comparison: the inclusion of different legal subdisciplines in answering the research question; the research results should also be relevant to other domains of law; 
  • multidisciplinarity and/ or interdisciplinarity: including other fields of science in order to answer the research question; the research results are also relevant to other scientific domains. 
  • legal-historical comparison: this concerns a comparison over a period of time. 

Preferably pieces (that are included in publication media) focus on a European or an international audience.