Call for Submissions - 'EJLS New Voices Prize'

The European Journal of Legal Studies is very happy to announce the launch of the ‘EJLS New Voices Prize’.

Since the winter issue 2014/15, the European Journal of Legal Studies (EJLS) features a new section entitled ‘New Voices’. Its objective is to promote young talented scholars by giving them the opportunity to put forward an original argument in an appealing way. To further enhance the European Journal of Legal Studies’ and the EUI Law Department’s commitment to young innovative legal scholarship,our Journal will in the future reward the authors of the best ‘New Voices’ essay of each academic year with the ‘EJLS New Voices Prize’.

For the current academic year 2016/17, all New Voices submissions that have been accepted for publication will be submitted to a jury composed by four professors of the EUI Law Department being part of the Journal’s Advisory Board. The jury will select the best ‘New Voices’ essay out of all the ‘New Voices’ published during the academic year. The author of this essay will be announced as winner of the ‘EJLS New Voices Prize’ on our website and will receive a cash prize of 500 EUR.

Pieces submitted should challenge a particular mainstream claim, idea or statement. This may be anything from an argument prevalent in the literature, to a traditional way of thinking, to current regulatory proposals or recent court decisions. Clarity is paramount: authors should state precisely what they disagree with and the reasons for which they do so. Originality is likewise important: contributions should aim at surprising the reader by making them re-think well-established beliefs or assumptions. A topical issue paired with a critical approach should be the basis of each piece.

To ensure that the articles are hard-hitting, concise and provocative, the length of contributions will be limited to a maximum of 6000 words. Furthermore, authors are asked to make their writing accessibleand engaging. An essay rather than a standard academic article should be the inspiration; pieces may contain footnotes, where appropriate, though within reason.

‘New Voices’ is open for researchers currently enrolled in a LL.M., Ph.D. (or equivalent, including J.S.D.) and Post-Doc program as well as for young assistant professors having defended their doctoral thesis within the last five years. Ph.D. and LL.M. researchers currently studying at the EUI, as well as current Max Weber fellows are encouraged to submit New Voices essays, but are not eligible for the prize.

Publication will be, as with every submission to the EJLS, subject to double-blind peer review. To give the New Voices articles optimum visibility, accepted articles are pre-published and advertised on social media as ‘appetizers’ before each full issue; also, the ‘New Voices’ section features at the top of the EJLS issues before the general contributions.

For examples of previously published 'New Voices' pieces, please take a look at Pablo Solano Díaz’ essay ‘Price Parity Clauses: Has the Commission Let Slip the Watchdogs of War?’ in our last issue In order to be considered for the for the next issue, the articles should be submitted by August 1, 2017. All essays submitted after this date will be reviewed for our Summer issue. 

We would like to thank the EUI Law Department for its generous support and we are very much looking forward to receiving your submissions!

The EJLS Editorial Board

Call for Submissions - “Empirical Legal Studies”

Methodological questions often play a subordinate role in academic legal research and publication. This is particularly the case for empirical, qualitative and quantitative methods. In light of the self-perception of legal scholarship as being part of social sciences and its general claim of “scientificity”, it is rather puzzling that – in particular in Europe – the role of empirical legal studies remains underdeveloped. Indeed, a major part of legal research and publications confines itself to theoretical, hermeneutic or normative approaches, instead of engaging with empirical qualitative or quantitative methods in order to test its theoretical claims and hypotheses. By contrast, in other disciplines, such as political sciences and sociology, empirical, quantitative and qualitative methods and research designs are nowadays regarded as basic and indispensable methodological tools.

In light of this methodological monoculture in legal research, the European Journal of Legal Studies plans a new section for its upcoming issues that prominently features submissions analyzing legal questions by means of empirical qualitative or quantitative social sciences methods. The goal is to explore the potential and limitations of qualitative and quantitative methodology in informing legal research and to enhance the methodological diversity of the journal. Thus, the European Journal of Legal Studies aims at providing a new and dynamic platform for the empirical approach in legal studies.

The European Journal of Legal Studies, therefore, welcomes articles discussing or drawing upon empirical legal methods in the fields of international law, European law, comparative law and legal theory. These contributions could, for instance, rely on empirical quantitative or qualitative analysis of legal institutions and actors, behavioural experiments modelling legal issues or decision-making processes, as well as interview or survey-based research.

To be considered for publication in the upcoming EJLS Winter 2016 issue, articles should be submitted to by July 1, 2017.

The European Journal of Legal Studies is a double-blind peer-reviewed, open-access online journal founded in 2007 and run by Ph.D. researchers of the law department of the European University Institute in Florence.

To learn more about the European Journal of Legal Studies and to find out about the requirements for submissions, please see

We are very much looking forward to receiving your submissions!

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