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For the seventh year running, the faculty prize for the best publication of the year is awarded to a young researcher. The jury unanimously agreed on the winner: Irina Domurath, for her article 'Mortgage debt and the social function of contract'.

The Faculty Prize was established at the behest of the dean and the Scientific Advisory Committee (the present Research Council). Its aim is to make the research environment within the Amsterdam Law School stronger and to provide young researchers with a platform for presenting their work.  The three winners will receive €1000, €500 and €250 respectively to be used for research activities.

The winners

In 2017, there were nine entries. The jury (Chantal Mak, Ingo Venzke and Rogier Bartels) assessed the publications on the basis of three criteria: originality, thoroughness, and the interdisciplinary character of the research.

1. Irina Domurath

The jury agreed unanimously on first prize: Irina Domurath, for her article Mortgage debt and the social function of contract. According to the panel, the article offers a new perspective on European contract law. “Irina combines thorough legal analysis with the principles of justice and fairness in a very well written article. Her analysis clearly demonstrates its direct relevance for European consumers, particularly with regard to mortgages.”

2. Jeanrique Fahrer

Second prize went to Jeanrique Fahrer for his article Revisiting the human right to democracy: a positivist analysis. “Jeanrique offers a very complete overview of the theoretical discussion and historical development of man's alleged right to democracy, providing many relevant practical examples along the way,” according to the jury.

3. Anna van Duin

Third prize was awarded to Anna van Duin for her article Metamorphosis? The Role of Article 47 of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in Cases Concerning National Remedies and Procedures under Directive 93/13/EEC. “She produced a well-written and highly informative article, also readily accessible to people who are not all that well versed in EU legislation.”