Mr Joel Hirv was awarded Alfred Cahen Prize 2018 for his thesis – an outstanding CERIS research paper of the academic year 2017-2018. Joel Hirv, born on 23 November 1985 in Estonia, graduated from the University of Tartu with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics in 2007, having written his thesis on ‘Correlation between Integration Theories and Political Integration of the European Union in the Framework of Historical Institutionalism’.
Between 2007 and 2013, he was advising Estonian Members of the European Parliament, focussing on matters relating to foreign affairs, security and defence, human rights, and development. He was coordinating campaigning activities of the International Campaign for Tibet in the European Parliament from 2014 to 2015. From 2015 onwards, he has been working in the Directorate for Legislative Acts, Directorate‑General for the Presidency of the European Parliament. (Photo by Marian Lasak).