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Inaugural International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) Book Prize

Richard Albert, Boston College Law School

The International Society of Public Law (ICON-S) is pleased to announce the launch of the International Society of Public Law Book Prize. In line with the Society’s mission, the prize will be awarded to an outstanding book in the field of public law, understood as a field of knowledge that transcends dichotomies between the national and the international as well as between Constitutional Law and Administrative Law. Preference will be given to scholarship which, in dealing with the challenges of public life and governance, combines elements from all of the above with a good dose of political theory and social science.

The first book prize will be awarded at the Society’s next annual meeting taking place on June 25-27, 2018 in Hong Kong to a book published in the two calendar years prior to the conference (2016-2017). The winner is selected by the Society’s Book Award Committee which for the period 2017-2018 consists of Anne Peters (chair), Jeff King, Nico Krisch, and Joana Mendes.

The nomination process is open now!

Members of the Executive Committee of the ICON-S and the Society’s Council, groups of at least three ICON-S members, book review editors of academic journals, as well as publishing houses are invited to nominate books. Please note that proposals coming directly from authors will not be considered and that edited books are not eligible for nominations. The deadline for the submission of nominations is the 31st of December 2017.

Nominations can be made via e-mail, together with an up to 200 word long justification of the proposal, to (reference: Book Prize, attn. of the chairperson of the Book Prize Committee).

Please also consult the procedures for the ICON-S book prize on the webpage of the ICON-S for further information on the nomination procedure.


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