EALT Award

The European Award of Legal Theory is assigned to the author of the best doctoral thesis in the area of legal theory and philosophy of law. The award entails publication of the thesis by Hart Publishing Ltd (Oxford) and the appointment as a lecturer at the European Academy of Legal Theory, in charge of a seminar for a period of one academic year.

The award will be assigned, as a rule, once every three years, the next time to be in 2018.

Authors should send in their theses before April 1, 2018.

A doctoral thesis competing for this award should meet the following conditions:

  1. It was examined after January 1st, 2015, in Europe.
  2. The version submitted should be written in (or translated into) Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.
  3. Five copies of the complete thesis should be submitted and ten copies of an English summary of 20-50 pages, before April 1, 2018, to:
    European Award for Legal Theory
    c/o Prof. Mark Van Hoecke
    Universiteit Gent, Department of Legal Theory and Legal History
    Universiteitsstraat 4
    B-9000 Gent - Belgium
  4. The thesis will not be contracted by an internationally operating commercial publishing house before the Award is assigned.

The award is assigned by a jury of seven members, from different countries, the members fairly representing the various sub-disciplines within legal theory and philosophy of law. The jury will be appointed in cooperation between The European Academy of Legal Theory and Hart Publishing.
If the (revised) thesis is written in publishable English, the publisher will pay royalties on the net sales receipt to the author. If language correction is necessary the publisher will pay for this up to a maximum of £ 1500. In this case no royalties will be paid. If the thesis has been written in another language the prize winner will take care of a translation into English, which the publisher then will correct as to the language or provide financing as above.

For additional information, please contact Prof. Mark Van Hoecke or Prof. Mauro Zamboni.

Prize winners

Prize winners with EALT-president Prof. M.Van Hoecke during the prize awarding ceremony in Frankfurt in August 2011. From left to right: M.Paroussis (1994), Maris Köpcke (2011), Emilios Christodoulidis (1996), M.Van Hoecke, Scott Veitch (1998), Amalia Amayo (2008), Mauro Zamboni (2005). Not on the picture: Fernando Atria (2000) and Matthias Klatt (2002).

2015

Irena Rosenthal won the shared EALT Award for her thesis "Democracy and Ontology. An Agonic Encounter between Political Liberalism, Foucault and Psychoanalysis", defended at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (The Netherlands) on October 4th, 2012. Irena currently works as an assistant professor for legal theory at VU University Amsterdam. The picture shows her together with EALT president Mark Van Hoecke during the award ceremony on 13 November 2015 at the Goethe University Frankfurt/Main Law School.


Andrej Kristan (from Slovenia) won the shared EALT Award for his thesis "Law & Other Enigmas.Three Arguments in Favour of a Relativist Theory of Legal Discourse", defended at the University of Genoa (Italy). His current positions are visiting lecturer at the University of Girona and non-stipendary fellow at the Tarello Institute for Legal Philosophy in Genoa. The picture shows Andrej together with EALT president Mark Van Hoecke during the award ceremony on 13 November 2015 at Goethe University Frankfurt/Main Law School.

2011

Dr. Maris Köpcke Tinturé, Tutorial Fellow at Worcester College and Lecturer at Brasenose College (University of Oxford), has won the European Award for Legal Theory in 2011. Dr Köpcke's doctoral thesis (University College, Oxford, 2009) studies the moral function of legal validity. It argues that the mechanism of legal validity enables a diverse population to coordinate action around shared standards and that, for this reason, it is morally necessary that legal validity does not (primarily) turn on moral considerations. The award ceremony took place on 18 August 2011, at the International Association for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy World Congress. Dr Köpcke (at the right) is pictured with the former winner, Amalia Amaya, with her daughter. Maris Köpcke’s thesis will be published with Hart Publishing, Oxford, in 2013 or 2014.

2008

Dr. Amalia Amaya Navarro, won the European Award for Legal Theory in 2008, for her thesis on ‘An Inquiry into the Nature of Coherence and its Role in Legal Argument’ (European University Institute 2006). In the meantime her thesis has been published by Hart Publishing, Oxford, in 2015 ('The Tapestry of Reason. An Inquiry into the Nature of Coherence and its Role in Legal Argument'). She is currently Professor of Jurisprudence at the Universidad Nacional de Mexico (UNAM).

2005

Dr. Mauro Zamboni (University of Stockholm) obtained the European Award 2005. His thesis was published with Hart Publishing, Oxford, in 2007, as ‘The Policy of Law. A Legal Theoretical Framework’. He is now Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Stockholm.

2002

Dr. Matthias KLATT (University of Kiel) obtained his doctoral degree in 2002 at the University of Kiel (Christian-Albrechts-Universität) (Germany), with a thesis on Theorie der Wortlautgrenze. Semantische Normativität in der juristischen Argumentation (Theory of the Limits of Meaning. Semantic Normativity in Legal Argumentation). He obtained the European Award 2002. The thesis was published with Hart, Publishing, Oxford, in 2008, as ‘Making the Law Explicit. The Normativity of Legal Argumentation’. He is currently Junior Professor at the University of Hamburg.

2000

Dr. Fernando ATRIA (University of Edinburgh) with professor Neil MacCormick, during the ceremony for the awarding of the European prize for the best doctoral thesis in legal theory (European Award for Legal Theory 2000). Fernando Atria obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Edinburgh, in 1999, with a thesis on 'The Powers of Application' (about the influence of concrete applications on the meaning of a rule). It was published with Hart Publishing, Oxford, in 2001, as ‘On Law and Legal Reasoning’. He is currently Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Santiago de Chili.

1998

Dr. Scott VEITCH (MacQuarie University, Sidney) during the ceremony for the awarding of the European prize for the best doctoral thesis in legal theory (European Award for Legal Theory 1998). Scott Veitch obtained his doctoral degree at the University of Edinburgh, in 1996, with his thesis on 'Moral Conflict and Legal Reasoning. Contradictions between Liberalism and Liberal Legalism'. It was published with Hart Publishing, Oxford, in 1999, as ‘Moral Conflict and Legal Reasoning’ and as the first book in the European Academy of Legal Theory Series). He is currently Professor of Legal Theory at the University of Hong Kong.

1996

Dr. Emilios CHRISTODOULIDIS (University of Edinburgh) with prof V. Peter (Mùnster) (left) and mr. H.-J. van Leusen (Kluwer Academic) (right) after the ceremony for the awarding of the European prize for the best doctoral thesis in legal theory (European Award for Legal Theory, 1996) by Kluwer Academic Publishers, and the European Academy of Legal Theory. It was published with Kluwer Academic in 1998 as ‘Law and Reflexive Politics’. He is currently Professor of Jurisprudence at Glasgow University.

1994

Dr. Michel PAROUSSIS (University of Freiburg) during the ceremony for the awarding of the European prize for the best doctoral thesis in legal theory (European Award for Legal Theory, 1994) by Kluwer Academic Publishers and the European Academy of Legal Theory. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at Patras University, Greece.
At the first row: prof. W. Van Gerven, dean Ph. Gérard, vice-chancellor F. Gotzen, prof. F. Rigaux, prof B. Bouckaert, vice-chancellor M. Van de Kerchove.