Awards and Honors

ASIL Honors The Society recognizes excellence in the field of international law with three annual honors.  Honorees are selected by the Society's Executive Council, on the nomination of the Honors Committee and are presented each year at the Society’s Annual Meeting.  The 2014-2015 Honors Committee comprises Peter Tomka, chair, Payam Akhavan, Gerald Neuman, Catherine Powell, and Anna Spain.

The Manley O. Hudson Medal is awarded to a distinguished person of American or other nationality for outstanding contributions to scholarship and achievement in international law.
The 2014 medalist was Alain Pellet.
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The Goler T. Butcher Medal is awarded to a distinguished person of American or other nationality, for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights.
The 2014 medalist was M. Cherif Bassiouni
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The Honorary Membership Award is awarded to an individual of American or other nationality who has rendered distinguished contributions or service in the field of international law. 
The 2014 Honorary Membership award was presented to Fatou Bensouda
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The Francis Deák Prize is awarded to a younger author for meritorious scholarship published in The American Journal of International Law (AJIL). The prize was established by Philip Cohen in 1973, in memory of Francis Deak, former head of the international law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor of American International Law Cases, 1783-1963, the first volume of which was published in 1971, the year before his death.
The 2014 Francis Deák Prize was presented to Kristina Daugirdas
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Nominations Sought

The nomination period has ended.


ASIL Book Awards 

The Society annually bestows three book awards, known as ASIL Certificates of Merit, for a “preeminent contribution to creative scholarship;” “a specialized area of international law;” and “high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars.” The awardees are selected by the Society's Executive Council on the nomination of the Scholarship Awards Committee and presented at the Society’s Annual Meeting. The 2014 Awards Committee comprised Jacob Katz Cogan (chair), Jutta Brunnee, ​Jean D’Aspremont, Duncan Hollis, and Saira Mohamed. 

2014 Certificate of Merit winners: 
 
  • Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship: Ryan Goodman and Derek Jinks, Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights through International Law (Oxford University Press)

  • Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars: Robert Kolb, The International Court of Justice (Hart Publishing)

  • Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law: Bardo Fassbender and Anne Peters eds., The Oxford Handbook of the History of International Law (Oxford University Press)

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Nominating Process

The Scholarship Awards Committee is now accepting applications for the 2015 Certificates of Merit. Books by authors of any nationality, in any language, and of any place of publication that have been published in the 24 months preceding February 1, 2015, are eligible. In order to apply, please send six copies of each book you wish to nominate, along with a list of titles being nominated, to the following address by October 1, 2014:

Lara Townzen
American Society of International Law
2223 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

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