Call for Nominations: ISA RCSL Podgòrecki Prize 2017

The Podgòrecki Prize

The ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Law established the Podgòrecki Prize in 2004, to honour the memory of Adam Podgòrecki, the founding father of RCSL and a leading figure within the international sociological community.

A jury of RCSL, chosen by the RCSL President, awards the prize annually for outstanding achievements in socio-legal research, in alternate years for either distinguished and outstanding lifetime achievements, or outstanding scholarship of a socio-legal researcher at an earlier stage of his or her career.

The prize for lifetime achievements will be awarded as an honorary prize, symbolised by a commemorative certificate, to honour outstanding and exemplary colleagues who have produced guiding and inspiring work. The prize for emerging socio-legal scholars will be a commemorative certificate and a money prize, to honour and encourage colleagues that have yet to leave a mark on the international level of production of socio-legal research but who have published one or more significant works within no later than 10 year of his or her doctorate.

General information about the prize and the Podgòrecki Prize rules can be found at:

Call for 2017 nominations

The ISA RCSL Jury Committee for the Podgòrecki Prize calls for nominations for the Senior Prize, which will be awarded in 2017 to a socio-legal scholar for their outstanding lifetime contribution to socio-legal scholarship and research. Previous winners of this prize have been: 2015: André-Jean Arnaud (France), 2013: Volkmar Gessner (Germany) and Terence Halliday (USA), 2011: David Nelken (Italy), 2009: Boaventura de Sousa Santos (Portugal), 2007: Richard Abel (USA) and Vincenzo Ferrari (Italy), 2005: Erhard Blankenburg (The Netherlands). The 2017 Committee notes that all the previous winners of this award have been men. Although our decision will be based strictly on the merits of the candidates, and the case presented in nominating them, we would particularly welcome the opportunity to consider nominations on behalf of some of the outstanding women scholars in our field.

Nominations require the support of at least two members of the RCSL, and should include the candidate’s CV and a brief letter of support from each nominator. It is desirable, but not essential, that nominees are members of RCSL. Previous nominees may be re-nominated in this 2017 round, with updated letters and CVs. The Jury does not have access to previous correspondence or reviews.

Publications can be in any language. For works in languages other than those familiar to the Prize Committee, the nominations should give some indication of the value of the work and provide selected translations. To consider works in less well-known languages, the Jury Committee can co-opt and consult other RCSL members.

Nominations should be sent to the Chair of the jury, Prof. Terence Halliday ( to be received by midnight GMT on 15 December 2016. The prize will be awarded at the International Law and Society meeting, June 20-23, 2017, jointly sponsored by the Law and Society Association and the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law, in partnership with the Socio-Legal Studies Association, the Japanese Association of the Sociology of Law, and the Canadian Law and Society Association.

The 2017 Prize Jury is composed of Prof. Terence Halliday (US), Prof. Jose Ramon Bengoetxea (Spain), and Prof.  Malgorzata Fuszara  (Poland).

Law and Society Association Prize

Susanne Karstedt (Griffith University) has received this year's (2016) International Prize of the Law and Society Association for significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of law and society.

Susanne Karstedt is truly an international scholar, as demonstrated by the places of her academic appointments, her research topics, and her service in and for professional societies and institutions.

At the core of Susanne Karstedt’s impressive body of work are the questions of how power, moralities, inequality, democracy, and justice interact in various contexts. Her work characteristically combines approaches and questions to discover new and often surprising insights. Her essay “Coming to Terms with the Past in Germany after 1945 and 1989: Public Judgments on Procedures and Justice” (1996 in German, 1998 in English, Law & Policy 20(1): 15-56) earned her much acclaim, and was the starting point for a number of publications and further research: the edition of Legal Institutions and Collective Memories (2009), various articles on transitional justice, i.e., “From Absence to Presence, from Silence to Voice: Victims in Transitional Justice since the Nuremberg Trials” (2010 International Review of Victimology 17(1): 9-30) and “Contextualizing Mass Atrocity Crimes: Moving Toward a Relational Approach” (2013 Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences 9: 383-404).

Besides her prolific research and writing, Susanne Karstedt has served on a great number of editorial boards of national and international journals and book series and on advisory boards of research institutes and research foundations. Her service extends to a variety of national and international professional societies, including the Law and Society Association, the ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Law, and the American Society of Criminology. Her international engagement is perhaps best demonstrated by her service on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Criminology, and as Scientific Director for this organization; in this capacity she organized the World Congress of Criminology in Philadelphia in 2005.

Summing up, Susanne Karstedt has made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of law and society by her remarkable research; her bridging of sociology, socio-legal studies, and criminology; her world-wide service in and to law and society academia; and, not least, bringing together in conferences, small and large, researchers from all over the world who understand their combined work as a transnational and international endeavor. Hence we believe Susanne Karstedt is a highly deserving recipient of the LSA International Prize.

The Podgorecki Prize Committee awards its 2016 Prize to Dr. Leonidas Cheliotis.

Laudation by Professor Ralf Rogowski on the occasion of the award of the 2016 Podgorecki Prize at the ISA Sociological Forum in Vienna on 14th July 2016 to Dr. Leonidas Cheliotis

It is my great pleasure to deliver the laudation on behalf of the 2016 Podgorecki Prize Committee, which I had the honour to chair. Our prize-winner, Dr. Leonidas Cheliotis, is currently assistant professor at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He obtained his doctorate at the University of Cambridge and taught at Queen Mary University, London, and Edinburgh University before joining the LSE. He received in 2013 the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award of the American Society of Criminology and in 2015 the Outstanding Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award of the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences.

The Podgorecki Prize Committee awards its 2016 Prize to an emergent scholar who has shown originality in his work on topics in criminology and sociology of law, in particular concerning the sociology of punishment and criminal justice policy. The focus of his articles, published in leading international journals, has been on the Mediterranean region and the Anglo-American world from both national and international comparative angles. Methodologically, his research brings together theoretical concepts and insights from a variety of fields, especially from sociology, law, anthropology, psychology and history, also fusing them with findings from fieldwork he has undertaken in criminal justice settings. In undertaking empirical research, he actively seeks to combine a range of research methods, qualitative as well as quantitative.

The Podgorecki Prize Committee wants to mention in particular the following peer-reviewed articles:

Three articles published in the journal Punishment & Society:

 ‘Punishment and Political Systems: State Punitiveness in Post-Dictatorial Greece’, Punishment & Society 2016. (with Sappho Xenakis)
‘Neoliberal Capitalism and Middle-Class Punitiveness: Bringing Erich Fromm’s “Materialistic Psychoanalysis” to Penology’, Punishment & Society 2013.
‘How Iron is the Iron Cage of New Penology? The Role of Human Agency in the Implementation of Criminal Justice Policy’, Punishment & Society 2006.

Two forthcoming articles in the European Journal of Criminology:

‘Punitive Inclusion: The Political Economy of Irregular Migration in the Margins of Europe’, European Journal of Criminology.
‘“Glocal” Disorder: Causes, Conduct and Consequences of the 2008 Greek Unrest’, European Journal of Criminology. (with S. Xenakis)
And finally the article:

‘What’s Neoliberalism Got to Do With It? Towards a Political Economy of Punishment in Greece’, Criminology & Criminal Justice 2010. (with S. Xenakis)
Lastly, I want to mention that Leonidas was proposed for the prize by two eminent, active RCLS members: Professors David Nelken and Susanne Karstädt.


Prof. Dr. Ralf Rogowski
Chair, 2016 Podgorecki Prize Committee
University of Warwick
School of Law
Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

The winner of the Adam Podgòrecki Prize 2015 is André-Jean Arnaud.
Report from the Jury

We received three nominations this year, any of whom would have been a worthy winner of the award. We structured our discussions by reference to the lifetime contribution of the candidates, their contributions to both theory and research, and their service to the socio-legal community.

After careful consideration of the candidates’ CVs and letters of support, the jury decided that the Podgorecki Prize for 2015 should be awarded to Professor Andre-Jean Arnaud.

Professor Arnaud’s scholarly contributions extend back almost fifty years and represent an extraordinary and exemplary body of work. This has been foundational in relation to scholarship throughout the civil law world, particularly in France, Italy and South America. He has also been prominently engaged with international organizations, notably UNESCO and the UNDP. His writing embraces both theoretical and empirical concerns, from his early work on the history of the French civil code to later studies of legal reasoning. In terms of his service to the socio-legal community, we would highlight particularly his contributions to the creation of the IISL in Oñati, recognized by his honorary life membership of the Governing Board. However, we also noted his role in the creation of the important journal, Droit et Societé, his continuing engagement with postgraduate supervision and support for early-career scholars and his record of involvement with the RCSL. We are pleased to make this award to a scholar who has done so much to establish and sustain the sociology of law, both intellectually and institutionally, over so many years.
Maria Ines Bergoglio
Robert Dingwall (Chair)
Stephan Parmentier
Speech given by Prof. Arnaud

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