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Dissertation prizes awarded to Melissa Lewis and Camille Hébert

Published: 22nd January 2021 Last updated: 22nd January 2021

The Tilburg University prizes for the best dissertations defended in 2019 have been awarded to Melissa Lewis of Tilburg Law School and Camille Hébert of the Tilburg School of Economics and Management. They received their awards during an online session of the Tilburg Campus Dialogues on January 21st.

The jury, composed by the vice-deans of research, selected the dissertations based on outstanding scientific quality. Both researchers had been awarded their PhD degrees ‘cum laude’.

The thesis of Melissa Lewis, supervised by Prof. Jonathan Verschuuren, was entitled 'An appraisal of the African-Eurasian waterbird agreement and its role in the conservation and management of migratory birds at flyway level'. According to the jury it stood out within international wildlife law for its unique scope and ambition, and for its extreme complexity. Lewis was awarded first prize worth 4,000 euros.

Camille Hébert was awarded second prize (2,000 euros) for the thesis 'Essays on corporate ownership and human capital', supervised by Prof. Luc Rennenboog. In this thesis Hébert explains what a firm’s organizational structure looks like in its life cycle: early-stage, growth and business group.

The awards were presented by rector magnificus Prof. Wim van de Donk during the online talkshow Tilburg Campus Dialogues (after 30 mins):