Jeremias Prassl wins St Petersburg International Legal Forum Prize

17th May 2019


Magdalen Fellow in Law Jeremias Prassl has been awarded the prestigious St Petersburg International Legal Forum Prize (SPBILF) for his book Humans as a Service: The Promise and Perils of Work in the Gig Economy.

The prize was conferred by the Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, in the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg on Wednesday 15th May.

The SPBILF Private Law Prize was established in 2017 to reward global excellence in legal thought, and is judged by a committee of world-class academics who have informed generations of lawyers.

In addressing the Plenary, Jeremias expressed his surprise and delight at ‘the recognition that private law has a key role to play in ensuring fair and decent working conditions for all. I’m incredibly grateful to my colleagues for all their support and inspiration: this book couldn’t have been written without it.’

Humans as a Service examines the complex world of work in the gig economy. Jeremias asks whether the entrepreneurial flexibility that the gig economy offers outweighs the uncertainty, and whether the sophisticated disruptive technology it uses is a distraction from an underlying business model which has existed for centuries.