- Each year a jury awards a prize to a young researcher for the best publication of the faculty.
- The members of the jury are appointed by the Dean of the Faculty of Law.
- 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.
- 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.
- Submitted articles were published in between 1 September 2018 and 31 August 2019.
- 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.
- Co-authored articles can also compete if all authors comply with the criterium mentioned in point 4.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.