Honors and Awards

ASIL Honors


2020-2021 ASIL Honors

The 2020–2021 ASIL Honors Committee, consisting of John R. Crook (chair), John B. Bellinger III, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Lawrence H. Martin, and Natalie Y Morris-Sharma, having duly considered a wide and diverse range of candidates in light of the criteria for each award, made the following unanimous recommendations, which were approved by the Executive Council. The honors will be presented at the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. To view the full ASIL Honors Committee report, including biographies of each winner, click here. To view all past recipients, click here.

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 recipient of the 2021 Manley O. Hudson Medal is Bernard H. Oxman.

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 recipient of the 2021 Goler T. Butcher Medal is Louise Arbour.

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 recipient of the 2021 Honorary Member Award is Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf

Bernard H. Oxman
Louise Arbour
Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf
 

ASIL Book Awards

2021 Book Awards Announced
The 2020–2021 Book Awards Committee (Joan Donoghue (chair), Julian Arato, Rebecca Ingber, Steven Ratner, Leila Sadat, and Jarrod Wong) carefully reviewed over forty books and unanimously recommends the following authors and books for the four ASIL book awards. The awards will be presented at the Society's upcoming Virtual Annual Meeting.

Certificates of Merit
The Society annually presents Certificates of Merit for books in three categories: (1) for a "preeminent contribution to creative scholarship"; (2) in "a specialized area of international law"; and (3) for "high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars."

The Robert E. Dalton Award
At the 2020 Annual Meeting, the Society announced the establishment of a fourth annual book award, known as the Robert E. Dalton Book Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Foreign Relations Law, named in memory of a distinguished State Department lawyer and longtime member of the Society. Books may be considered for the award if they pertain to the study of national law (of any country) bearing on foreign relations or the study of international law as it relates to national law.


2021 Certificate of Merit winners: 

 
  • Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship: Francine Hirsch, Soviet Judgment at Nuremberg: A New History of the International Military Tribunal after World War II (Oxford University Press, 2020)

  • Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to lawyers and scholars: Janet Blake & Lucas Lixinski, eds., The 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2020)

  • Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law: Jerome A. Cohen, William P. Alford & Chang-fa Lo, eds, Taiwan and International Human Rights: A Story of Transformation (Springer Nature, 2019)

  • Robert E. Dalton Award for Outstanding Contribution in the Field of Foreign Relations Law: Curtis A. Bradley, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Foreign Relations Law (Oxford University Press, 2019)


View 2020-2021 Book Awards Committee Report

2020 Certificate of Merit winners: 

 
  • Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship: Loveday Hodson & Troy Lavers, Feminist Judgments in International Law (Hart Publishing, 2019)

  • Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to lawyers and scholars: John Tobin, The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2019)

  • Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law: Fernando Lusa Bordin, The Analogy between States and International Organizations (Cambridge University Press, 2019)




2019 Certificate of Merit winners: 

 
The Society congratulates the winners of Certificates of Merit and Honorable Mentions for 2019:

  • Certificate of Merit for a preeminent contribution to creative scholarship: Craig Forcese, Destroying the Caroline: The Frontier Raid that Reshaped the Right to War (Irwin Law Inc)

  • Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars: Rosalyn Higgins, Philippa Webb, Dapo Akande, Sandesh Sivakumaran, and James Sloan, Oppenheim's International Law: United Nations Volumes I and II (Oxford)

  • Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law: Maureen F. Tehan, Lee C. Godden, Margaret A. Young, and Kirsty A. Gover, The Impact of Climate Change Mitigation on Indigenous and Forest Communities (Cambridge)


2019 Honorable Mentions:


 
  • Certificate of Merit for high technical craftsmanship and utility to practicing lawyers and scholars: C. Donald Johnson, The Wealth of a Nation (Oxford)

  • Certificate of Merit in a specialized area of international law: Orna Ben-Naftali, Michael Sfard, and Hedi Viterbo, The ABC of the OPT (Cambridge)



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)


View all previous certificate winners

David D. Caron Prize

David D. Caron

The David D. Caron Prize is awarded to the best paper presented at the Research Forum by a current student or recent graduate. The Prize includes a travel stipend to enable the recipient to attend the Society's Annual Meeting to receive the Prize. For more about David D. Caron and his legacy, visit www.asil.org/dcf.
  • The 2020 winner was Desiree LeClercq (Cornell University) for her paper, The Disparate Treatment of Rights in Trade.
  • The 2019 winner was Yanbai Andrea Wang (Stanford Law School) for her paper on Exporting American Discovery.
  • The inaugural (2018) winner of the David D. Caron Prize was Léon Castellanos-Jankiewicz (Asser Institute) for his paper on Nationalism, Alienage, and Early International Rights.

Interest Group Awards

Some ASIL Interest Groups also give annual prizes. To see a list of winners, click www.asil.org/interestgroups.