Call for nominations for the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award

Published 4 June 2019


The Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR) and Tilburg Law School are calling for Dutch and Flemish university faculties to submit nominations for the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award. The award, with € 2,500 in total prize money, is meant for outstanding doctoral dissertations and academic articles by young researchers in the field of human rights.

The Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award, jointly organised by Tilburg University and NNHRR, is an incentive for young researchers conducting graduate, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral work. This year, two awards will be presented: one for the best doctoral dissertation; and another for the best non-dissertation academic text, such as a paper published in a peer-reviewed or academic journal or a Master thesis.

All law faculties linked to universities in the Netherlands and the Flemish community, as well as the Asser Institute (in its coordinating capacity of the NNHRR), can submit one individual candidate per award category.

Please note that there are two separate submission deadlines for the manuscripts:

  • Category 1: doctoral dissertations (deadline for submission is 1 July 2019);
  • Category 2: non-dissertation academic texts (deadline for submission is 1 October 2019).

Early December 2019, The Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2019 will be presented at Tilburg University. The exact date will be announced closer to the date. The jury will distribute the prize money of € 2,500 between the awardees.

All manuscripts will be evaluated and the award winners selected by an international jury that is composed by Tilburg University and the Steering Committee of the NNHRR. This year’s jury members are:

  • Prof. Jos Dute, Professor of Health Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen; Commissioner at the Netherlands Human Rights Institute (2010-2019)
  • Prof. Dr Ernst Hirsch Ballin, Distinguished University Professor at Tilburg University and president of the T.M.C. Asser Instituut (Chairman of the Jury)
  • Prof. Dr Koen Lemmens, Professor of Human rights Law at KU Leuven
  • Dr Eva Rieter, Assistant professor of International and European Law at Radboud University, Nijmegen

In 1995, Tilburg University introduced the award to recognise outstanding academic publications on human rights, aiming for more attention to this field of study. In 2002, the award was renamed to honour Mr. Max van der Stoel, Dutch Minister of State, first OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and former UN Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iraq. Early this year, Tilburg Law School and the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR) decided to jointly organise the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award on a bi-annual basis, starting in 2019.

For more information, please visit the dedicated page on the NNHRR website.