Virginia Passalacqua receives Ius Commune Prize for outstanding work on EU law

Virginia Passalacqua, Post-Doc Fellow at the Collegio Carlo Alberto, was one of the two recipients of the Ius Commune Prize 2020 for her paper: “Altruism, Experts’ engagement and open EU Legal Opportunity Structure: Empirical insights on the conditions for legal mobilization before the CJEU”, which addresses national variations in preliminary reference rates before the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The Ius Commune Prize, established in 2001, is an award given by the Ius Commune Research School, a cooperation between the law schools of the Universiteit Maastricht, the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, the Universiteit Utrecht and the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The prize goes to a PhD student or starting researcher who wrote an article of outstanding quality which falls within the material scope encompassed by the objectives of the School.

The jury selected Virginia’s paper among 35 contributions; the full text can be found at