ELFA Award 2014

The second ELFA Thesis Award was presented at the European Parliament in Brussels by Richard Corbett MEP on 1 October 2014 to Dr. Anzhela Yevgenyeva, for her thesis Direct Taxation and the Internal Market: Assessing Possibilities for a More Balanced Integration, defended at the University of Oxford. She is now a Research Fellow at the Centre for Business Taxation at the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Proxime Accessit was Dr. Vesselin (Vesco) Paskalev, for his thesis The Power of Reason(s): Argumentative Rationality and EU Regulation, defended at the European University Institute, Florence. He is now a Lecturer in Law at the Law School, University of Hull.

Richard Corbett, MP


Finalists: Dr. Anzhela Yevgenyeya and Dr. Vesselin (Vesco) Paskalev


A number of senior EU officials were present at the ceremony, as well as the President (Professor Halûk Kabaalioğlu) and the First Vice-President of ELFA (Professor Laurence W. Gormley). The laureates gave brief presentations of their research topics and findings.

Richard Corbett, MP, Dr. Anzhela Yevgenyeya, Dr. Vesselin (Vesco) Paskalev and Prof. Laurence W. Gormley, first vice-president of ELFA

Commenting on the Award, Professor Gormley observed that there had been a very strong field of candidates – as indeed there was the first time when the Prize was awarded in 2013. He thanked the jury, Professor Dagmar Schiek, from the University of Leeds, Professor Martin Trybus, from the University of Birmingham, and Professor Manuel Bermejo Castrillo, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid for their sterling works in reading a very large number of theses and reaching their decisions. He also thanked Richard Corbett MEP for finding time amidst the busy schedule of confirmation hearings for nominees for the new European Commission to present the Award. 

Dr. Anzhela Yevgenyeya and Richard Corbett, MP


Dr. Vesselin (Vesco) Paskalev and Richard Corbett, MP

The jury of ELFA Award 2014 included:

Professor Dagmar Schiek
University of Leeds

Professor Manuel Bermejo Castrillo
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

Professor Martin Trybus
University of Birmingham

The ELFA Thesis Award seeks to stimulate and recognize outstanding legal research. It has attracted a very high standard of applicants from numerous European countries. Theses may be written in English, French, German or Spanish. Applications for the third Award will be invited in due course.