Louis Sicking

Louis Sicking has received the 2016 Descartes-Huygens Prize. He has been awarded the prize for his outstanding research and his contribution to Franco-Dutch relations.

The Descartes-Huygens Prize will allow Sicking to devote more time to his study of maritime conflicts between 1200 and 1600. He has already planned a series of seminars at the universities of La Rochelle, Bordeaux, Paris IV, Rouen and Montpellier.

About the laureate


Louis Sicking (born in 1966) has been a university lecturer in medieval and early modern history at Leiden University since 2001. He also holds an endowed chair in the History of Public International Law at VU University Amsterdam, a position to which he was appointed in 2013. Taking the Netherlands as his point of departure, Sicking analyses and compares the maritime history of nations on the Atlantic side of northwest Europe by studying such diverse areas as shipping technology, ship-building, naval warfare and maritime economics.

The jury praised Sicking’s impressive body of work, his broad historical outlook, his outstanding knowledge of the languages, documents and archives of west and northwest Europe, and his ability to bring people together.