Three NWO grants for talented Leiden researchers
Three Leiden researchers have been awarded a grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) within the Social Sciences field. The grants can be used to appoint a full-time PhD candidate for a maximum of three years. A total of 42 of the 206 applications submitted were honoured.
'Research talent' is an NWO subsidy programme for Social and Behavioural Sciences (MaGW) to finance high-quality PhD research by young, talented researchers who demonstrate the ambition to build a scientific career. The subsidy will cover the staff costs of appointing a PhD candidate for a maximum of three years full-time.
Prof. E.A.M. Crone, Institute for Psychology, Developmental and Educational Psychology
There has been intensive interest in understanding adolescent brain development as a way to gain insights into many of the vulnerabilities that emerge during this maturational period. This has led to the notion emphasizing an imbalance between fronto‐cortical and limbic brain areas as a crucial dimension leading to problem behavior in adolescence. However, the frontal‐limbic imbalance also confers both advantages—for learning and rapid adaptation to different social contexts. Using neuroimaging studies we aim to demonstrate that social influence affects reward and social decision making in typically developing adolescents; and reveal the neural basis of social influence differences in autism.
Prof. B. Wessels, Institute for Private Law, Company Law
In the absence of an international legal framework governing sovereign debt defaults, the resolution of debts by sovereign states misses legal rules to deal with these issues efficiently and effectively. The proposed research presents and analyses the existing proposals for statutory reform in the sovereign debt context, and investigates the feasibility of a legal framework combining arbitration and insolvency law regimes to address State Insolvency from both procedural as well as substantive aspects.
Prof. W.J. Zwalve, Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Law, Historical Development of the Law
The aim of the proposed project is to publish the text of the judicial decisions (sententiae), taken by the Roman emperor Septimius Severus and some of his successors as judges of highest instance, which were reported by the jurist Paulus and are scattered throughout Justinian’s Digests today. The larger study will consist of an extensive commentary of all 25 surviving fragments and a broader survey, exploring the specific political, institutional and socio-economic background of Paulus’s reports.
(15 May 2012 - NWO / MLH)