At the opening of the academic year 2019, research director of the Utrecht University School of law Anna Gerbrandy presented the G.J. Wiarda Prize to Machiko Kanetake. According to the jury, her article 'UN Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Bodies before Domestic Courts' excels in originality, in-depth analysis and attractiveness.
The jury praises Machiko Kanetake's working method for the fact that her publication, which is based on extensive research work, is written in such a way that pulls the reader right in. The article analyses both cooperative and confrontational interactions between domestic judges and UN human rights treaty monitoring bodies. The renowned British Institute of International and Comparative Law published it in its ‘International & Comparative Law Quarterly’.
The G.J. Wiarda Prize has been set up by the School of Law and its Board of Research to highlight excellent Utrecht publications. The prize is named after Prof. Gerard Wiarda, between 1947 and 1950 professor of Administrative Law in Utrecht and former chairman of the Supreme Court.
Earlier this year a jury, consisting of Ivo Giesen (chairman), Alex Oude Elferink, Philip Langbroek, Ferry de Jong, Merel Jonker and Ton van den Brink, nominated three articles from the many entries to win the prize.