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ASIL Cables is pleased to congratulate Alain Pellet, Cherif M. Bassiouni and Fatou Bensouda, who will be honored at the ASIL-ILA Gala Dinner on Friday April 11, at 8:00 pm.
Professor Alain Pellet will be receiving the Manley O. Hudson Medal, awarded for pre-eminent scholarship and achievement in international law. Professor Pellet is the Former Chairperson of the International Law Commission. Additionally, Professor Pellet has represented numerous states before the International Court of Justice, including Nicaragua v. U.S: Military and Paramilitary Activities in and Against Nicaragua, and Japan v. Australia: Whaling in the Antarctic, and has participated in several ICSID arbitrations. Professor Pellet is President of the French Society for International Law and a member of the Institute of International Law. He currently teaches at University Paris Ouest.
Previous Hudson Medal winners include: Justice Bruno Simma, Former Judge at the International Court of Justice; James Crawford, Whewell Professor of International Law at the University of Cambridge; Eric Stein, Hessel E. Yntema Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of Michigan; and Edith Brown Weiss, Francis Cabell Brown Professor of International Law at Georgetown University.
Professor Emeritus Cherif Bassiouni will be receiving the Goler T. Butcher Medal for outstanding contribution to the field of human rights. Professor Bassiouni is currently the Professor Emeritus and Founding Member of the International Human Rights Law Institute at DePaul University. In 1999, Professor Bassiouni was nominated for the Nobel Prize for his work in international criminal justice, specifically in his capacity as Chair of the Drafting Committee at the U.N. Diplomatic Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court. In addition to his work within international criminal law, Professor Bassiouni has chaired several commissions of inquiry, including: Bahrain (2011), Libya (2011), and Afghanistan (2004-2006). Professor Bassiouni has authored or edited over 65 books on various topics in international law, as well as hundreds of articles.
Previous Butcher Medal winners include: Dina L. Shelton, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law at The George Washington University; Asma Jahangir, Former U.N. Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief; Gay McDougall, Former U.N. Independent Expert on Minority Issues; and Juan Mendez, U.N. Special Rapporteur on Torture.
International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will be accorded Honorary Membership in the American Society of International Law for her distinguished contribution and service to the field of international law. Ms. Bensouda was elected to serve as ICC Prosecutor by consensus at the 2011 Assembly of States Parties Meeting. Prior to assuming her role as Prosecutor, Ms. Bensouda served as the Deputy Prosecutor from 2004, Legal Advisor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and Minister of Justice in The Gambia.
Previous Honorary Members include: Justice Arthur Chaskalson, Former Chief Justice of South Africa; Jakob Kellenberger, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross; and H.E. Julio A Lacarte Muró, Former Uruguayan Minister of Industry and Commerce.
Congratulations to the Professor Pellet, Professor Bassiouni, and Prosecutor Bensouda! Please join the American Society of International Law in honoring these three distinguished jurists at the Awards Gala Dinner on Friday, April 11th at 8:00 pm.