The IDEAS-ELJ Best Paper Award

The IEE will launch, during the upcoming Interdisciplinary conference on European Advanced Studies (IDEAS), the IDEAS-ELJ Best Paper Award, in collaboration with the prestigious European Law JournalELJ stands for the advancement of research on European integration from a post critical perspective which aims to shed an original light on some puzzling issues while also providing an innovative conceptual framework in which to rethink problems and find new solutions. EU law and policy are analysed in their multifaceted context, be it political, economic, historical, philosophical, social or cultural, an interdisciplinary approach in line with the Institute’s work.  

To be considered for the IDEAS-ELJ best paper award, confirmed speakers to the conference will be invited to submit a 5000-word paper by April 30th, 2022 at the latest by sending an e-mail to Participants will then be allowed to enrich their submission with the feedback received during the IDEAS conference. A final version, in compliance with ELJ’s Author Guidelines must be submitted by May 31st, 2022. 

The laureate will see their paper published in the ELJ and will also receive a yearlong subscription to the journal. For the relaunch of the IDEAS conference, in May 2022, only one prize will be awarded.  

 About EUqualis and the IDEAS conference 

Starting April 2022, and for three years, the Institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles hosts the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence EUqualis, focused on the overarching topic of (in)equality and the European Union. 

Directly involving a dozen academics and researchers affiliated with the Institute, EUqualis aims to investigate how the EU deals with the problem of inequality among individuals, territories and states. Conceived using a bottom-up, interdisciplinary approach, EUqualis builds on the success of the previous IEE Centre of Excellence dedicated to ‘European Solidarity’ (2016-2019). 

The project’s principal investigator is Prof. Amandine Crespy , whose research interests are focused on the politicization of EU integration in relation with socio-economic policies. 

The Interdisciplinary conference on European Advanced Studies (IDEAS), taking place from May 11-13, 2022, in Brussels, will be the first event hosted by the newly awarded Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence EUqualis. It will focus on “(Dis)integration from an (in)equality perspective”. Participation is free, but registration is mandatory.  

IDEAS organised by the Institut d’études européennes of the Université libre de Bruxelles (IEE-ULB) in collaboration with the Institute for European Studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (IES-VUB) and the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick (PaIS-UoW). 

More about the ELJ 

In order to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century, the European Law Journal aims to push further the contextualisation of EU law in space: taking stock of globalisation, tectonic geopolitical shifts and interconnections between international, European and national legal orders; in time: tackling topical issues, from e.g. climate change or migration to the digital revolution; and in methodology: enhancing interdisciplinarity and openness towards other professionals involved in shaping the European Union of tomorrow with due respect for everyone’s unique standpoint and original perspective. 

In sum, the ELJ aims to build bridges to create unity in diversity reflecting and strengthening the heart of European integration. 

The European Law Journal is essential reading for scholars, policymakers and practitioners who would like to deepen their understanding of European integration through cutting-edge, thought-provoking, and conceptually original analyses.