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LSGL Research Award

LSGL Research Award

The LSGL Research Award aims to recognize and reward outstanding collaborative legal research. Awarded biennially, the prize honors the best research paper authored by scholars from two or more member institutions of LSGL. Through this award, we seek to celebrate the highest standards of collaborative research within our global network and to inspire further transnational cooperation among our institutions.

Paper eligibility

In order to be eligible for the award, papers must meet the following cumulative requirements:

  • The papers must be authored by at least two researchers from at least two member institutions of the LSGL;
  • The authors must be doctoral researchers, post-doctoral researchers or faculty members at their member institutions;
  • The papers must have a maximum of 25.000 words, including footnotes, but excluding bibliography and annexes;
  • The papers must either not have been published at the time of submission for the award or, in case they have been published, the publication date must fall within the two previous years counting from the submission deadline.

Award presentation

The winning paper is selected based on its academic rigor, originality, methodology, and contribution to the advancement of a field of law. The winning authors will be honored during an LSGL Deans’ Meeting, where they will receive a certificate and have the opportunity to present their paper to the schools’ Deans.

Applications are now open for the LSGL Research Award 2025.


To be considered for the LSGL Research Award 2025, send your paper in Word format to by 31 March 2025 with “LSGL Research Paper | [Author Name] & [Author Name]” on the subject line. The winning authors will be invited to present their paper at the LSGL Deans Meeting in July 2025.

Before submitting your paper for consideration, please read the award’s rules and check whether your paper is eligible.

LSGL Database of Researchers

If you are a researcher at a member school and want to find possible co-authors for a research paper or other project, you can check the LSGL Database of Researchers, which includes 200+ researchers divided among several fields. Please ask your school’s representative (Dean or Vice-Dean for International Relations) for the password to access the file.

Innovation in Legal Education Award

The LSGL Innovation in Legal Education Award (ILEA) addresses professors, scholars and researchers who have successfully conceived and implemented an innovative idea related to legal education. For the first year of the project, the theme is “the use of technology in classrooms”. The best applicant will be awarded with an honorable certificate of Innovative Leader and will be invited to attend the LSGL Annual General Meeting with full expenses covered.

The main goals of this LSGL project are: (i) stimulate integration, interaction and continuous follow up on inside innovation between the members of the League; (ii) raise awareness and encourage debate on how to foster legal innovation, disseminating the innovative spirit and democratizing the innovation impulse; (iii) set benchmarks on legal education innovation, creating a backlog of best practices, “mapping” successful experiences and setting new paradigms.


LAWARDS: Innovation in Law Awards


In the first year of our new initiative, we are very proud to inform that we have received a considerable number of excellent applications from many countries. The Evaluation Committee has also carefully considered any electronic or audio-visual materials explaining in more detail the product, as well as examples of its use or explanations of potential uses. After careful consideration and in dept evaluation of all applications in light of the guidelines prepared for that purpose the below projects have been decided to be awarded

Winner: “LAWBOT” (Ugochukwu Nnaemeka, Egbuna Linda, Adebukola Fatunde, Nigeria)

Finalists (ex aequo): “LAWMATE” ( Gautami Raiker, India) and “Preventing human rights violations in the context of large-scale infrastructure projects: the need for an early alarm system” (Flavia Silva Scabin and Isabella Jagg, Brazil).

We wholeheartedly congratulate each projects on their successful applications and look forward to celebrating this at the Award Ceremony to be held at ITAM on July 20th, 2017.

The Law Schools Global League is an association that brings together law schools from all over the world that share a commitment to the globalization of law in teaching, research, and practice. One of the core goals of the LSGL is to engage in a debate with stakeholders in all fields of legal practice, and to stimulate and facilitate international cooperation and mobility of legal practitioners.

To pursue these goals, the LSGL has decided to launch LAWARDS, an award that recognizes innovative ideas in the legal industry. In this first edition, the award will recognize actors within the legal sector that standout for their efforts to develop technology-based, innovative solutions that serve to bring justice closer to those that traditionally have been underserved by the legal system.

The main objective that the LSGL pursues with the award is to provide both visibility and an exclusive access to a global network of academics, students, alumni and public and private organizations to those excellent innovators. The winner of the award will gain visibility by having exposure and special access to the websites and social media platforms of all member schools and websites of LSGL and Ontier, exclusive sponsor of LAWARDS.

Additionally, the LSGL will take specific actions to ensure maximum visibility and exposure of winners of the Award.

  • The deadline for applications is 31 May 2017.
  • Applications should be sent to and
  • The applicants should add to the application: Full names of the applicants, affiliations, email addresses and phone numbers.
  • A declaration stating that the applicants are the owners of the product/solution.

The applications shall be evaluated by Committee composed by representatives of the LSGL members with expertise in the field of law, technology and entrepreneurship.

  • Social impact and sustainability of the product/solution (50%)
  • Originality and uniqueness of the product/solution (25%)
  • Vision underlying the product/solution (25%)

The decision of the Committee shall be final and thus not subject to review. By submitting their products or solutions, applicants fully accept this requirement.

The winners of the Award will be announced by 30 June 2017. The Award Ceremony will take place during the annual conference of the LSGL at the headquarters of the ITAM, in Mexico City on the evening of 20 July 2017. Two representatives from the winner and finalist group will be invited—travel and accommodation fully covered for three nights at Hotel Camino Real Polanco—to attend the Award ceremony.

In this first edition, the Award is fully sponsored by Ontier, a global law firm that fully shares LSGL´s vision and mission on spreading the cause of justice at a global level.

Ontier, headquartered in London, has a presence in 14 countries and is currently the international firm with the largest footprint in Latin America, which makes Ontier the best legal partner for any company with interests in the region.