Thinking of publishing your PhD Thesis? Try the IALS PhD Thesis Book Prize

The Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is pleased to announce its PhD Thesis Book Prize, the winner of which is awarded a publishing contract for their doctoral thesis to be published as an ‘open access’ monograph.

The competition for the IALS PhD Thesis Prize is an exciting opportunity for researchers whose doctoral thesis has been awarded in the preceding two years.

IALS PhD Thesis Book Prize 

This book prize is an initiative of the IALS Open Book Service for Law, an open access monograph imprint of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Accordingly, the open access monograph series has the stature of ‘traditional’ academic publishing: the editorial board comprises distinguished legal scholars and law librarians, with Richard Hart (of Hart Publishing) as consulting editor. The winner will be awarded a publishing contract for their doctoral thesis to be published as an ‘open access’ monograph under a creative commons licence (i.e. free to download but with ‘print on demand’ options available to purchase for a price).

Eligibility: Doctoral thesis in law which has been conferred in the preceding 2 years (after 1 Nov 2015 and before 1 Nov 2017). The current competition is open to an eligible PhD in law from any institution (London, UK and potentially wider).

  • The competition opened on 16th November 2017 at the launch of IALS Digital as part of the IALS@70 anniversary celebrations.
  • The closing date for submissions is 16th February 2018.
  • A shortlist of the 4-5 best submissions will be announced in May 2018.
  • The prize will be awarded in early June 2018. One to three prizes will be awarded annually.

How to apply

Please register online and complete the proposal form:

The Judging Panel (drawn from the IALS Open Book Service for Law Editorial Board and Advisory Board) will be looking for original work of legal scholarship or scholarship in a strongly related cognate field, with the potential to set the scholarly agenda and also to reach a wider audience of readers.

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