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Evaluation Criteria

Faculty Prize for the Best Publication of the Academic Year 2017 – 2018 for Young Researchers

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 faculty member for the best publication of the Amsterdam Law School.
  2. The members of the jury are appointed by the Dean.
  3. There is one prize which consists of an amount of €1000, -.


  1. Only articles of an author who has not yet received her/his PhD or who received her/his PhD less than five years ago will be taken into consideration. The base date for this rule is 1 January of the year for which the prize will be awarded (i.e. 1 January 2018). Books are not eligible for this prize.
  2. Submitted articles must be published in between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018.
  3. In order to determine in which year a piece was published, the volume of the medium in which the piece was published in print 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 on the base of the criteria as 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. International focus: Preferably the work addresses a European or an international audience.
  5. 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:
  • 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.
  • 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;
  • legal-historical comparison: this concerns a comparison over a period of time.

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