About the SIEL–Hart Prize

The SIEL–Hart Prize is awarded every two years to an outstanding unpublished manuscript by an early career scholar in the field of International Economic Law and is sponsored by Hart Publishing and the Society of International Economic Law.

The manuscript can be a doctoral thesis or an original, book-length piece of scholarship and can focus on any field of, or perspective on, International Economic Law.

The winner of the SIEL–Hart Prize will receive a contract for publication within the Hart series Studies in International Trade and Investment Law; a £250 Hart book voucher; a SIEL bursary of up to £750 to cover travel and accommodation expenses to, and waiver of the registration fee for, the next SIEL Global Conference .

Entries for the 2020 edition of the Prize will be accepted from 1st September to 1st December 2021.

Eligibility Criteria

– Individuals may enter the Prize if they have completed either (1) a doctoral degree; or (2) a law degree that satisfies the academic requirements for the relevant national bar, no earlier than ten years before the submission deadline (1st December 2021).

– SIEL officers are not eligible to enter.
– Co-authorship is permitted provided all authors meet the stated conditions.
– Manuscripts/theses submitted for consideration must not be under review for publication elsewhere at the time of application.

Entries must include:
– The doctoral thesis or full manuscript
– An author CV (not longer than five pages)
– Thesis examiners’ reports (if applicable)
– A completed Entry Form, in which all Prize entrants will be required to provide an abstract of up to 1,500 words, including a description of the monograph’s contribution vis-a-vis existing literature

If the manuscript is a doctoral thesis all Prize entrants will be required to provide:
– A detailed revision plan explaining how the thesis will be revised for publication as a monograph. The revision plan must address the feedback received by the thesis examiners and must illustrate in detail any other changes that the author intends to make to the structure and content of the thesis with a view to transforming it into a monograph. The revision plan must include a revised title and Table of Contents.

Please note: some universities do not permit revisions, or allow only minimal revisions, in the published thesis. Please check your institution’s policy in this regard before entering the Prize.

Selection Process

The series editors of the series Studies in International Trade and Investment Law will shortlist the best entries by the end of January 2022. Following that, the shortlisted manuscripts will undergo external peer-review.

The winner of the SIEL–Hart Prize will be selected by the Prize Committee, consisting of the Series Editors of the series Studies in International Trade and Investment Law and designated SIEL members.

The winner will be announced in May 2022 on the Hart Publishing and SIEL websites as well as on social media.


SIEL/Hart prize

Timothy Masiko
Flexible Economic Integration in Africa: Lessons and Implications for the Multilateral Trading System
Nneamaka Vanni
Narratives and Counter-Narratives in Pharmaceutical Patent Law Making: Experiences from 3 Developing Countries’ (thesis defended at Warwick University in 2017)