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ICON·S | The International Society for Public Law is pleased to open the Call for
Nominations for its annual Book Prize.

In line with the Society’s mission, the prize will be awarded to an outstanding book in the field of public law, understood as a field of knowledge that transcends dichotomies between the national and the international as well as between administrative and constitutional Law. Preference will be given to scholarship which, in dealing with the challenges of public life and governance, combines elements from all of the above with a good dose of political theory and social science.

The Book Prize will be awarded at the Society’s next global meeting on July 8-10 in Madrid, Spain to the author(s) of a book or books published in 2022 or 2023. The winner(s) will be selected by the Society’s Book Prize Committee which includes Tom Ginsburg (Chair), Anna Dziedzic, Berihun Adugna Gebeye, Chien-Chih Lin, Patricia Popelier and Silvia Suteu.

Eligibility criteria

English-language monographs on public law as defined above are eligible for nomination

Only English-language books published in 2022 and 2023 are eligible for nomination. The relevant criterion is the official publication year as stated in the book’s front matter. Books nominated for the 2022-2023 Book Prize.

Books written by members of the Society’s Executive Committee are not eligible. Nominated books must moreover be the first original edition.

Nomination procedure

Members of the Society’s Executive Committee and Council, groups of at least three ICON·S members, editors or book review editors of academic journals, as well as scholarly publishers are invited to nominate books, up to a maximum of 5 (five) each.
The Book Prize Committee is authorized to consider books that have not been nominated and that it considers particularly worthy of consideration. Please note that authors are not eligible to nominate their own books. Furthermore, edited books are not eligible for consideration. The Society especially welcomes nominations of scholarly works focused on Global South public law issues and perspectives.

Nominations must be submitted by filling out this form. This form uses Oxford Abstracts, a web platform we use to receive and manage all submissions. When you click on the aforesaid link, you will be directed to the Oxford Abstract website, where you will either need to create an account or log in via Google or LinkedIn.

Please submit one form for every book you intend to nominate, should you plan to nominate more than one.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is December 20, 2023.

Please note that the nominators must send (or make arrangements with the publisher to send) one hardcopy for each member of the Book Prize Committee no later than January 20, 2024, directly to each of the members of the committee. Addresses will be provided after nomination. E-books or scans can substitute hardcopies with the approval of the Chair (, in particular, if providing hardcopies poses a considerable financial burden or is otherwise problematic. Failure to deliver the required number of hard copies or substitutes may lead to non-consideration of the proposal. Please direct other queries regarding the Annual Book Prize to The Deputy Secretary General of ICONS, Michaela Hailbronner (