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 2018–2019 ASIL Honors Committee, consisting of Jeffrey Dunoff (chair), Marcella David, Harold Koh, Margaret McKeown, and Sergio Puig, invites nominations (including self-nominations) for the following ASIL honors. The deadline for submission is August 15, 2018.

ASIL Honors

The Manley O. Hudson Medal

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 2018 medalist is Peter Trooboff.
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The Goler T. Butcher Medal

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 2018 medalist is Rosalie Silberman Abella.
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The Honorary Membership Award 

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 2018 Honorary Membership award will be presented to Olufemi Elias
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To nominate an individual, please complete the form below or e-mail the nominee's name, organization, and justification for nomination to awardsandhonors@asil.org. Please indicate for which honor the nominee should be considered. Deadline is August 15, 2018

 
 
 

ASIL Book Awards 

The Society annually bestows three book awards, known as ASIL Certificates of Merit, for a "preeminent contribution to creative scholarship;" in "a specialized area of international law;" and for "high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars." The winners are selected by the Society's Executive Council on the nomination of the Book Awards Committee and will be presented at the Society's Annual Meeting in 2019. The 2018–2019 Book Awards Committee, consisting of Anna Spain Bradley (chair), Karen Alter, David Gantz, Christina Hioureas, and W. Michael Reisman, is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Certificates of Merit. Books of any nationality or place of publication that have been published in the 24 months preceding February 1, 2019, are eligible.

Nominating Process

The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2018. Publishers may nominate a maximum of 10 books, and should send one copy of each book nominated to the Society and one copy to each member of the Book Awards Committee. For shipping instructions or other information, please contact ASIL Awards and Honors at awardsandhonors@asil.org. Please note that the Book Awards Committee will not be able to consider books that are not provided to the proper addresses in accordance with these instructions.

ASIL Book Awards Committee
American Society of International Law
2223 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008

2018 Certificate of Merit winners: 

 
  • Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship: Anthea Roberts, Is International Law International? (Oxford)

  • Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law: Daniel Bodansky, Jutta Brunnée, and Lavanya Rajamani, International Climate Change Law, (Oxford)

  • Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars: Jürgen Basedow, Giesela Rühl, Franco Ferrari, and Pedro de Miguel Asensio, Encyclopedia of Private International Law (Edward Elgar)

2017 Certificate of Merit winners: 

 
  • Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship: David Sloss, The Death of Treaty Supremacy:  An Invisible Constitutional Change (Oxford)

  • Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law: Petros Mavroidis, The Regulation of International Trade, Volumes One and Two (The MIT Press)

  • Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars: Andrew Clapham, Paola Gaeta, and Marco Sassóli, The 1949 Geneva Conventions: A Commentary (Oxford)



2016 Certificate of Merit winners: 

 
  • Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship: Isabel V. Hull, A Scrap of Paper: Breaking and Making International Law During the Great War (Cornell, 2014)

  • Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law: Odette Lienau, Rethinking Sovereign Debt: Politics, Reputation, and Legitimacy in Modern Finance (Harvard, 2014)

  • Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars: William A. Schabas, The European Convention on Human Rights: A Commentary (Oxford, 2015)


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Interest Group Awards

Some ASIL Interest Groups also give annual prizes. To learn about them, visit the individual web pages for the groups, accessible from www.asil.org/interestgroups.