Research Prizes

Daniƫlla A. Dam-de Jong
PhD dissertation:
International Law and Governance of Natural Resources in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations.

Supervisors: professor N.J. Schrijver, professor L.J. van den Herik
Nomination: Leiden University, Leiden Law School

Report of the Selection Committee
Many armed conflicts, for example in Angola and Congo, are funded with revenue from natural resources such as diamonds, gold, wood and oil. Two main questions arise: How can we prevent those resources from being deployed for warfare? And how can we improve the management of those resources in a way that helps solve armed conflict? This thesis investigates how international law can play a more effective role in that process. Daniëlla Dam does this in a systematic and original manner. The analysis offered in this thesis is based on solid foundations. The book is highly relevant to both scholarship and practice, an achievement for which the author deserves high praise.

Daniëlla Dam-de Jong (Utrecht, 1978) is a university lecturer at the Department of Public International Law and the Grotius Centre for International Legal Studies at Leiden University. She obtained her PhD from Leiden University for her thesis entitled International Law and Governance of Natural Resources in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations. A book of the same name will be published in June 2015 by Cambridge University Press. Daniëlla studied Law at the VU University Amsterdam, specializing in International and European Law. In addition, she also studied French language and culture at the University of Lausanne and at the VU University Amsterdam. She previously worked as an intern at the Dutch Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV); as a policy officer in the field of international law and security at Campus The Hague; and as a research assistant and PhD candidate at the department of public international law. Daniëlla’s areas of expertise include issues related to sustainable development as well as peace and security. She looks at the role of international law in ending armed conflict and the reconstruction of states after armed conflict, focusing in particular on the jurisdiction and practice of the UN Security Council and the socio-economic aspects of reconstruction.