Michel Erpelding wins award for his PhD dissertation

5 July 2017

Dr Michel Erpelding, Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law, has been awarded the Varenne University Institute’s Dissertation Prize for his doctoral thesis on the prohibition of slavery.

Since 1989 the Varenne University Institute (VUI) has promoted the diffusion of knowledge in law and social sciences through its annual thesis competition.

Dr Michel Erpelding’s dissertation won the 2017 edition in the category “Domestic, European and international protection of fundamental rights”. His work focuses on the prohibition of slavery as one of the most important rules of present-day international law and specifically on the origins of this prohibition, as reflected in state practice and discussed by doctrine, before the emergence of an international human rights law following World War II.

Dr Michel Erpelding defended his PhD thesis, entitled “The International Anti-Slavery Law of ‘Civilized Nations’ (1815-1945)” at Sorbonne Law School (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) on 22 March 2017. The defense committee was composed of Prof. Emmanuelle Tourme-Jouannet (Sciences Po Paris), supervisor; Prof. Denis Alland (University Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas), Prof. Evelyne Lagrange (University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne), Prof. Anne Peters (Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law), and Prof. Hélène Ruiz Fabri (Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law). The doctoral degree was conferred with highest honours to the candidate.

The laureates' works are published by LGDJ as part of the VUI’s “Collection des thèses” series. The award ceremony will take place in Paris on 12 December 2017. On this occasion, Dr Michel Erpelding will receive the first copy of his book.