Van Eemeren Prize

ECA Frans van Eemeren Prize for Outstanding Student Paper

An international panel of leading argumentation scholars, chaired by Professor Ulrike Hahn , will act as the jury for the ECA Frans van Eemeren Prize, with the aim of selecting an outstanding student paper in each ECA edition. ECA organisers strongly encourage students’ contributions jointly fulfilling the following conditions:

  1. They are regular or long  papers accepted to the conference
  2. With a student (undergraduate or graduate) as first author (no PhD defended before 15 January 2022)
  3. Without any non-student scholar as co-author.

Students interested to submit their work for the prize during ECA Rome 2022 should use – like any other participant – the EasyChair platform. When submitting an abstract, make sure to tick the corresponding box for the Frans van Eemeren Prize. If the abstract is accepted, the student should commit to submitting the final paper by 15 July 2022.

The chair of the jury for the ECA 2022 edition is: Professor Ulrike Hahn.

Springer – the publisher of the Argumentation journal and the Argumentation Library book series – will award the author of the outstanding student paper with a 500 EUR (around 575 USD) cash prize and an additional 300 EUR (around 345 USD) voucher for books from Springer’s catalogue. In addition to that, the winning author will be invited to publish the paper in a top journal.

The prize will be awarded during the next ECA conference in Rome in 2022.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline:                             15 April 2022
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection:                15 June 2022
  • Paper submission deadline:                                  15 July 2022

Winner 2019 – Peter Bodlović: “Structural differences between practical and cognitive presumptions”

Winner 2017 – José Ángel Gascón: “Virtuous arguers: Responsible and reliable

Winner 2015 – Jacky Visser: “Speech acts in a dialogue game for critical discussion


eemeren-f-h-vanProfessor Frans H. van Eemeren has been a central figure in argumentation theory since the early 1980s. He is internationally recognized for the pragma-dialectical theory of argumentation, developed with his colleagues at the University of Amsterdam. Through a consistent research programme, their work has substantially consolidated the field and provided a continuous source of inspiration for others.

Frans van Eemeren is the founding father and chairman of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) with its quadrennial conference held in Amsterdam. He is also a founder and editor-in-chief of the main journals (Argumentation, Journal of Argumentation in Context) and book series (Argumentation Library, Argumentation in Context) in the field.

Importantly, Frans van Eemeren has dedicated much of his academic effort to educating students – he has been a respected teacher and supervisor of many active argumentation scholars. The appreciation of students’ work is part of his academic dedication. This makes him the ideal patron of the ECA Prize for Outstanding Student Paper.