Honors and Awards

ASIL Honors

Call for 2019-2020 Honors Nominations

The Society recognizes excellence in the field of international law with three annual honors: the Manley O. Hudson Medal, the Goler T. Butcher Medal, and the Honorary Member Award. 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 2019–2020 ASIL Honors Committee, consisting of Chantal Thomas (chair), Marcella David, Mónica Pinto, Paul Reichler, and Michael Reisman, invites nominations (including self-nominations) for these honors via the following form. The deadline for nominations was August 15, 2019.

2019 ASIL Honors

The 2018–2019 ASIL Honors Committee, consisting of Jeffrey Dunoff (chair), Marcella David, Harold Koh, Margaret McKeown, and Sergio Puig, 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 November 28, 2018. The honors were presented at the 2019 Annual Meeting. To view the full ASIL Honors Committee report, including biographies of each winner, click here. To view all past recipients, click here.

Stephen G. Breyer
Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein
Mónica Pinto
 

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 2019 medalist is Stephen G. Breyer.

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 2019 medalist is Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein.

The Honorary Member Award 

The Honorary Member 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 2019 Honorary Member award was presented to Mónica Pinto

ASIL Book Awards 

The Society annually bestows three book awards, known as ASIL Certificates of Merit, in three categories: 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 presented at the Society's Annual Meeting. The 2019–2020 Book Awards Committee, consisting of Jean Galbraith (chair), Elizabeth Trujillo, James Gathii, Eric Jensen, and Sir Michael Wood, is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Certificates of Merit. Books of any nationality or place of publication are eligible for consideration if they have been published (a) prior to the deadline for submissions (October 1, 2019) and (b) during the 24-month period preceding February 1, 2020.

The nominating period has ended.

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)

View Book Awards Committee report

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 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.