VWR Dissertation Award
The Association for Philosophy of Law has the VWR dissertation prize every two years to the best dissertation in the field of legal theory in the Netherlands and Belgium. The prize was awarded for the first time in 2011. The following award ceremony will take place during the spring meeting in 2013.
Winner 2011: Luigi Corrias
The winner of the VWR-dissertation award 2011 is Luigi Corrias. He received the award for his thesis “The passivity of Law. Competence and Constitution into The European body politic. “
His dissertation examined the philosophical foundations of Corrias constitution and jurisdiction of the EU legal order. Based on the work of Merleau-Ponty and Wittgenstein, he developed an alternative theory of constituent power and constitutionalisation via an analogy with art. It is emphasized that the creation of something new while the unfolding of what already exists. Through an analysis of the jurisprudence of the Court of Justice of the EU powers, Corrias shows that something similar also applies to the creation of a new legal order. In its report, the jury praised the originality and depth of the thesis.
The Dissertation of Luigi Corrias is avaiable at Springer under the title: ‘The Passivity of Law. Competence and Constitution in The European Court of Justice’. ISBN 978-94-007-1033-7.
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