2017 Madame de Staël Prize
Koen Lenaerts, President of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and Professor of European Law at the University of Leuven, receives the 2017 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values
In honour of his extensive scholarly work on European law and his reflections on European jurisdiction, Professor Koen Lenaerts became the fourth scholar to be awarded the ALLEA Prize, kindly co-sponsored by Compagnia di San Paolo.
The 2017 ALLEA Prize Award Ceremony took place at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest on 4 September 2017, following the ALLEA General Assembly and as part of the opening ceremony of the ALLEA-Academia Europaea joint conference on “Sustainability and Resilience.”
The 2017 ALLEA Prize Laureate Koen Lenaerts was introduced by former ALLEA President Günter Stock and the laudatory speaker Sir David Edward, former judge of the European Court of Justice and Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.
ALLEA President and chairman of the Prize jury, Professor Günter Stock, emphasised that the Madame de Stael Prize serves to remind us that, despite variations in definition and geographical boundaries over the centuries, there has always been a deep-rooted understanding of European culture as rooted in an inherent openness supported by a dynamic and vigorous intellectualism. He added that:
“This Prize feels especially pertinent this year – in a time when the cultural diversity of Europe seems to be increasingly threatened by scepticism, extremism and instability. Law is at the origin of the European idea and the basis for free societies, and this year the Prize Jury decided to honour a scholar with a truly European track record in law. President Lenaerts is an outstanding scholar and at the same time an exceptional promoter of European jurisdiction.”
Laureate Koen Leanerts later gave a lecture titled “The European Court of Justice in times of societal changes.”