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For the ninth year in a row, the Faculty Prize for the best publication of the year has been awarded to a young researcher and this year the top and second prizes have been awarded to ACIL members.

The jury (Martin Senftleben, Ingo Venzke and Or Brook, last year's winner) judged the publications on three criteria: originality, thoroughness and the interdisciplinary character of the research. According to the jury, all entries this year were of very good quality. 

1. Svetlana Yakovleva, PhD researcher at ACIL and IViR

The jury unanimously agreed on the first prize: Svetlana Yakovleva with her article, Privacy Protection(ism): The Latest Wave of Trade Constraints on Regulatory Autonomy. The jury praises the article for its analytical depth and the strong combination of theory and practical questions. The article poses a clear and relevant research question: how do you draw the line between the legitimate protection of privacy rights and digital protectionism? It has potential to advance the debate', according to the jury. 

2. Daley Birkett, Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Fellow, Northumbria Law School and Research Fellow, War Reparations Centre, ACIL

The second prize went to Daley Birkett with his paper Managing Frozen Assets at the International Criminal Court. The article focuses on the specific Bemba case, but is at the same time 'a thorough analysis of the legal regime and the practice of asset management', according to the jury. 

3. Laura Burgers, Assistant Professor ACT

Laura Burgers came third with her article, Should Judges Make Climate Change Law. According to the jury, Burgers offers 'a fresh perspective' on climate change legislation and builds on discussions that were triggered by the Urgenda rulings.