Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award
In 1995 Tilburg University decided to introduce a Human Rights Award for academic publications in the area of human rights, with a view to draw more attention to this field of study in academic education and research. In 2002 the award was renamed the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award in honour of the Dutch Minister of State, first OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities and former UN Rapporteur on human rights in Iraq, Mr. Max van der Stoel. In 2019, it was decided that the Tilburg Law School and the Netherlands Network for Human Rights Research (NNHRR) will jointly organise the Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award on a bi-annual basis starting in 2019.
Nominations for this award can be submitted by all faculties linked to universities in the Netherlands and the Flemish community, as well as the Asser Institute (as the coordinator of the NNHRR).
The award is conceived as an incentive award for junior researchers, and the nominations are limited to graduate, pre-doctoral and post-doctoral researchers. Senior academic staff cannot compete. Awards are presented in two categories:
- Category 1 for the best doctoral dissertation; and
- Category 2 for the best Master thesis.
Each faculty can nominate only one candidate in each category. The total prize money is € 4,000, to be distributed as indicated by the jury.
‘Human rights’ are conceived of in a broad sense, to include such traditional human rights as the right to free speech and the right not to be tortured, as well as social and economic rights, such as the right to food, housing, education, and health care. Publications may also look at human rights enjoyment by specific groups, for instance through the lens of gender, age or ethnicity, or human rights in specific situations, such as emergencies and during or after violent conflicts. Studies can focus as well on human rights procedures, institutions, and other forms of implementation, monitoring and enforcement. They may be theoretical in nature or based on empirical research.
To be eligible for nomination, doctoral dissertations must have been defended between 1 July 2021 and 1 June 2023; manuscripts in the second category, Master theses, must have been defended 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2023. Only manuscripts written in Dutch or English will be considered.
Candidates or nominators must inform their faculty board of their intended submission in due time. Each faculty can nominate only one candidate in each category and nominations will be made according to the faculty’s internal procedures.
Requirements for doctoral dissertations:
- Each applicant must submit a PDF version of their dissertation, together with a nomination letter signed by the relevant authority at the faculty level by 1 July 2023 via email to email@example.com, with the subject heading “PhD Nomination: Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2023”. The thesis or letter of nomination should clearly indicate the names of the doctoral supervisor(s) and dissertation committee, as well as the contact details of the candidate.
- The Prize organizers reserve themselves the right to request printed copies of the dissertations at a later stage. Faculties and nominees will be informed about the procedure for this around the beginning of September 2023.
Requirements for Masters theses:
- Each applicant must submit a PDF version of their masters thesis, together with a nomination letter signed by the relevant authority at the faculty level by 1 October 2023 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the subject heading “Masters Nomination: Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2023”. The thesis or letter of nomination should clearly indicate the names of the thesis supervisor(s), as well as the contact details of the candidate.
- The Prize organizers reserve the right to request printed copies of the dissertations at a later stage. Faculties and nominees will be informed about the procedure for this second submission around the middle of October 2023.
Between 1 July 2021 and 01 June 2023
1 July 2023
Between 1 September 2021 and 31 August 2023
1 October 2023
All manuscripts will be evaluated, and the award winners selected by an international jury that has been assembled by Tilburg University and the Steering Committee of the NNHRR. This year’s members of the jury are:
- Prof. Dr. Koen Lemmens
- K.U. Leuven, Professor of Human Rights Law. Chair of the jury
- Dr. Lize Glas
- Radboud University Associate professor of International and European Law. Winner of the Max vd Stoel prize in 2016
- Dr. Antenor Hallo de Wolf
- University of Groningen. Assistant Professor International Law and Human Rights
- Dr. Gerhard vd Schyff
- Tilburg University. Associate Professor of Comparative and European Constitutional Law and Fundamental Rights
- Dr. Ingrid Westendorp
- Maastricht University. Senior Lecturer and Researcher in International Law and Woman and Law
The Max van der Stoel Human Rights Award 2023 will be presented at Tilburg University around the 10th December, international human rights day (exact date and more details to be announced).
For more information, please contact Ms. Hanna Thuránszky at email@example.com.