Women in International Law

The Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) was created to promote and enhance the careers of women in the field of international law. WILIG not only supports women who are already in the field in order to allow the development of their full potential for achievement and leadership, but also supports, encourages, and enhances opportunities for others who are interested in entering the field of international law. In addition, WILIG works to promote awareness of gender in all areas of international law. WILIG sponsors panels and a luncheon at the ASIL Annual Meeting and recommends speakers and experts on a variety on international law topics. Through its online discussion forum, the Interest Group provides information on developments, programs, opportunities, and publications of interest to WILIG members. WILIG also recognizes the work of outstanding women in the field of international law with its Award for Prominent Women in International Law. These activities are coordinated by a 10-15 person Steering Committee, which meets several times per year.


Applications are currently NOT being accepted. The deadline for mentee and mentor applications was September 16, 2022.

ASIL and its Women in International Law Interest Group are continuing their support for the Women in International Law Mentoring Program. Since 2013, hundred sof women from Tucson to Singapore have enrolled in ASIL's mentoring program as both mentors and mentees. Click the link above for full details.

The Women in International Law Interest Group (WILIG) of the American Society of International Law invites nominations for the Prominent Woman in International Law Award. 2023 marks the 30th year that the award is being given!

The WILIG Prominent Woman in International Law Award honors those who have advanced women, gender, and women's rights in international law.

The diverse accomplishments of previous awardees demonstrate the multiple ways in which honorees achieve this recognition. Past awardees include judges of the International Court of Justice and International Criminal Tribunals, founders of women's rights NGOs, business leaders, government officials, and scholars. Some of these women have broken glass ceilings in the field, others have worked tirelessly to promote women and women's voices in international law, and still others have contributed substantively to advancing, researching, or advocating for women's rights.

Please submit nominations for a Prominent Woman in International Law who meets some or all of the following criteria:

  • Employs international law to advance women and women's rights -- awardees need not be attorneys, though most are;
  • Breaks through glass ceilings for women in international law;
  • Promotes women and women's voices in the field;
  • Contributes substantively to advancing, researching, advocating for, or promoting women's rights and/or gender justice;
  • Is considered prominent in the field of international law – or has accomplishments that merit further recognition through this prestigious award.
Letters of nomination should be addressed to WILIG's Prominent Woman in International Law (PWIL) Committee, and should be submitted to Professor Cindy Buys at cbuys@siu.edu. Please submit nomination information in one PDF document titled with the nominee's name and "PWIL Award." Letters or supporting materials should not exceed 5 pages total per nominee. The deadline is October 15, 2022.

Awardees: Prominent Women in International Law Award

2022: Fatou Bensouda, Former Prosecutor, International Court of Justice

2021: Gabrielle Kirk McDonald

2020: Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito, Inter-American Court of Human Rights

2019: Tracy Robinson, University of the West Indies Faculty of Law

2018: I. Maxine Marcus, Director, Partners in Justice International

2017:  Judge Rosemary Barkett, Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

2016:   Elizabeth Andersen, Executive Director, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative

2015:   Anne-Marie Slaughter, President & CEO, New America Foundation

2014:

Judge Joan Donoghue, International Court of Justice

Judge Julia Sebutinde, International Court of Justice

Judge Xue Hanqin, International Court of Justice

2013:   Diane Marie Amann, University of Georgia School of Law

2012:   Mireille Delmas-Marty, Chair of Comparative Legal Studies and Internationalization of Law at College de France

2011:   Lucy Reed, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer; Former President, ASIL

2010:   Dinah Shelton, Commissioner, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; Professor, George Washington University Law School

2009:   Unity Dow, Justice, High Court of Botswana

2008:   Graciela Dixon, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Panama

2007:   Taghreed Hikmat, Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

2006:   Rosalyn Higgins, President, International Court of Justice

2005:

Regan Ralph, Executive Director, Fund for Global Human Rights

Kelly D. Askin, Senior Legal Officer for International Justice, Open Society Justice Initiative

Lea Browning, President, W.E.A.R.E. for Human Rights

2004:   Cecelia Medina, Judge, Inter-American Court of Human Rights

2003:

Hauwa Ibrahim, Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, American University Washington College of Law; Defense Counsel to Nigerian defendant Amina Lawal

Sujata V. Manohar, Member, National Human Rights Commission of India; Former Judge, Supreme Court of India

2002:

Patricia Wald, Former Judge, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Marcia A. Wiss, Partner, Hogan & Hartson

2000:   Ruth Lapidoth, Professor, Hebrew University Faculty of Law

1999:   Patricia Viseur Sellers, Legal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes and Senior Acting Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda

1997:

Lea Browning, Hogan & Hartson

Sujata V. Manoha, Director, International Centre for Ethnic Studies

Ricki Helfer, Chair, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Sonia Picado, Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United States

1996:

Patricia Schroeder, Member, U.S. House of Representatives

Geraldine A. Ferraro, U.S. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Commission

Edith   B. Weiss, President, American Society of International Law; and Professor, Georgetown University Law Center

Diane  P. Wood, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

1995:

Cynthia C. Lichtenstein, Professor, Boston College of Law

Laura Bocalandro, Inter-American Development Bank

Rita E. Hauser, President, The Hauser Foundation

Arvonne S. Fraser, U.S. Representative, UN Commission on the Status of Women

1994:

Jamie  S. Gorelick, General Counsel, U. S. Department of Defense

Rosalyn Higgins, Professor, London School of Economics

Madeleine E. Wall, Group Director, Legal Services Cable & Wireless PLC

1993:

Charlene Barshefsky, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

Carol   F. Lee, General Counsel, Export-Import Bank of the United States

Elizabeth R. Rindskopf, General Counsel, Central Intelligence Agency

Professional affiliations listed here reflect those that were current at the time the award was granted.  WILIG welcomes updates or corrections to this list, as some of the awardees were unavailable for comment.


The call has ended. WILIG will award its second biennial Scholarship Prize at the 2023 Annual Meeting. The Scholarship Prize Committee for the 2023 Annual includes Prof. Yvonne Dutton, Prof. MJ Durkee, Prof. Chiara Georgetti, Prof. Alex Huneeus, and Prof. Laurence Boisson de Chazournes. Submissions for the prize are due on

Irini Papanicolopulu (inaugural awardee), Gender and the Law of the Sea (Brill, 2019)


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