Honors and Awards

ASIL Honors

Honors Nominations

The 2020–2021 ASIL Honors Committee (John R. Crook (chair), John B. Bellinger III, Laurence Boisson de Chazournes, Lawrence H. Martin, and Natalie Y. Morris-Sharma) received nominations (including self-nominations) for the following honors:

  • The Manley O. Hudson Medal, awarded to a distinguished person of American or other nationality for outstanding contributions to scholarship and achievement in international law.
  • The Goler T. Butcher Medal, awarded to a distinguished person of American or other nationality for outstanding contributions to the development or effective realization of international human rights.
  • The Honorary Member Award, conferred on an individual of American or other nationality who has rendered distinguished contributions or service in the field of international law.
Honorees are selected by the Society's Executive Council on the recommendation of the Honors Committee, and the honors are presented each year at the Society's Annual Meeting. To view all past recipients, click here.

The deadline for nominations was August 17, 2020. Contact awardsandhonors@asil.org with any questions.


2019-2020 ASIL Honors

The 2019–2020 ASIL Honors Committee, consisting of Chantal Thomas (chair), Marcella David, Mónica Pinto, Paul Reichler, and Michael Reisman, 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 on October 19, 2019. The honors were presented at the 2020 Annual Meeting. To view the full ASIL Honors Committee report, including biographies of each winner, click here. To view all past recipients, click here.

Rüdiger Wolfrum
Claudio Grossman
Hina Jilani
 

ASIL Book Awards

Call for 2021 Book Awards Nominations
The 2020–2021 Book Awards Committee (Joan Donoghue (chair), Julian Arato, Rebecca Ingber, Steven Ratner, Leila Sadat, and Jarrod Wong) is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Certificates of Merit. Books of any nationality or place of publication are eligible to be nominated if published prior to the October 1, 2020 deadline for submissions and within the 24-month period ending on February 1, 2021. The winners are selected by the Society's Executive Council on the nomination of the Book Awards Committee and the awards are presented at the Society's 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. The Committee is now accepting nominations for the inaugural award, which will be presented for the first time at the 2021 Annual Meeting. 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.

Information for Authors and Publishers
The deadline for nominations is October 1, 2020. Publishers may nominate up to 10 books that have been published prior to that date and within the 24-month period ending on February 1, 2021. They should send a letter enclosing one copy of each nominated book to the Society and one copy to each member of the Book Awards Committee. For shipping instructions or other information, please contact awardsandhonors@asil.org. Please note that books that are not submitted in accordance with these instructions will not be considered.

ASIL Book Awards Committee
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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)


View 2019-2020 Book Awards Committee Report

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 2019 winner is 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.