J.B. Scott Prize
Call for manuscripts: Special James Brown Scott Prize (2023)
Subject matter: The Institute of International Law
The Institut celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2023. At this occasion the James Brown Scott Prize subject matter will be the Institute itself. Are eligible dissertations from a legal or/and historical perspective relating to the work or functioning of the Institute, to its members, its relations with other institutions and its impact in international law and international relations in general.
Submission deadline: 31 December 2022
Announcement Prize winner(s): 81st session in 2023
Award: 10 000 CHF
Please note that the submission of manuscripts has to be in compliance with the Prize Regulations, which you can find below, in order to be eligible.
As indicated in Article 9 of the Prize Regulations, your submission can be sent in soft copy (PDF format) to the following e-mail address: email@example.com and in hard copy to: Professor Marcelo Kohen, IHEID, Chemin Eugène Rigot 2, Case postale 1672, CH-1211 Geneva 21, Switzerland
The Prize Award Regulations were established already in 1931 and now include several amendments adopted since. The current version was approved on 1 January 2018.
James Brown Scott
A particularly distinguished American lawyer, James Brown Scott, was born in 1866, studied at Harvard, Berlin, Heidelberg and Paris and went on to teach international law over the course of a remarkable University career. In particular, he created the Los Angeles Law School, was Dean of the Law Faculty of the University of Illinois and Professor at Columbia University.
His talents were such that he was appointed Solicitor at the State Department of the United States. He was also a delegate of his country at important international conferences, including the Second Hague Peace Conference (1907) and the Paris Peace Conference (1919).
For several decades he held the position of Secretary General of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Elected in 1908 an Associate of the Institute of International Law, he became in 1910 a regular Member. Quite exceptionally he was called upon twice to preside over the Institute, which he would do at the Lausanne (1927) and New York (1929) Sessions.
It was in 1931 that J.B. Scott inaugurated the prize. In the spirit of recognition towards the Institute and in a feeling of heartfelt homage to the memory of his mother, Jeannette Scott, who had had a constant influence on his life (Institute Yearbook, 1931, vol. II. p. 229). During his lifetime, he looked after the awarding of the prize in person. He passed away in 1943 and bequeathed to the Institute, in memory of his mother and sister, a sum of capital, the interest of which enables the regular disbursement of the prizes. The prizes bear each time the name of a distinguished jurist, on the basis of a list elaborated for the initiator of the prize, namely Andrès Bello, Carlos Calvo, Grotius, Francis Lieber, Frédéric de Martens, Mancini, Samuel Pufendorf, Louis Renault, G. Rolin-Jaequemyns, Emer de Vattel, Vitoria, John Westlake, Henri Wheaton.
J.B. Scott Competition 2021 : Andrés Bello Prize
Please note that the Andrés Bello competition on “North-South Relations and International Law” has ended. The Andrés Bello Prize 2021 has been awarded to Ms Aleydis Nissen for her manuscript entitled “Business and Human Rights: The Role of EU Member States in Developing Accountability Mechanisms for Corporations from Developing and Emerging States” and to Mr Baptiste Delmas for his manuscript entitled “La compétence universelle du juge en droit du travail”. The Institute would like to thank all participants for their submissions.
J.B. Scott Competition 2019 : Henri Wheaton Prize
Please note that the Henri Wheaton Prize competition on “The Protection of the Environment and International Law” has ended. The Henri Wheaton Prize 2019 has been awarded to Ms Katalin Sulyok for her manuscript entitled “Scientific Engagement of International Courts and Tribunals in Environmental Disputes – Science and the Legitimacy of Adjudicatory Reasoning”. A honorable mention has been given to the manuscript submitted by Ms Françoise Paccaud, entitled “Le contentieux de l’environnement devant la Cour internationale de Justice”. The Institute would like to thank all participants for their submissions.
J.B. Scott Competition 2017: John Westlake Prize
Applications for the John Westlake Prize on ‘Dispute Settlement before International Courts and Tribunals’ are now closed. The Institute wishes to express its gratitude to all persons who have participated in this competition. However, the John Westlake Prize has not been awarded during the 78th session in Hyderabad.
Previous laureates of the J.B. Scott Prize
|Call for applications
||Prize name||Question||Laureate(s)||Title||Honorable mention|
|1933||John Westlake||On demande une étude sur les règles applicables, en cas de responsabilité internationale, à l’évaluation de dommages causés à des particuliers sur le territoire d’un État étranger.
La question doit être envisagée en tenant compte principalement de la pratique internationale et des décisions des juridictions internationales.
|Mr Anton Roth||Schadensersatz fur Verletzungen Privater bei volkerrechtlichen Delikten|
|1937||Carlos Calvo||De différentes causes de nullité d’une sentence arbitrale en droit international public et des conséquences d’une telle nullité||Mr. A. Balasko||Causes de nullité de la sentence arbitrale en Droit international public|
|1951||Grotius||Faire une étude critique de la condition juridique du plateau continental et des questions relatives à l’utilisation de la mer qui le recouvre, de son sol et de son sous-sol au-delà de la limite extérieure de la mer territoriale||Mr. Mouton||The Continental Shelf||Mr. Luis de Azcarraga|
|1952||Francis Lieber||La guerre sur terre et ses lois de Francis Lieber à nos jours. Etude historique et critique.||Ms. Maier & Mr. Tobler||Der Landkrieg und seine Gesetze von Francis Lieber zur Gegenwart – Eine historische und kritische Studie|
|1955||Frédéric de Martens||Une étude des sentences artbitrales rendues dans le cadre de la Cour permanente d’Arbitrage depuis 1919||Mr. Schneid|
|1959||Samuel Pufendorf||La position des Etats tiers vis-à-vis de la Communauté Européenne du Charbon et de l’Acier||Ms. Chava Shachor-Landau|
|1969||John Westlake||La place que conserve la coutume dans la période actuelle de codification du droit international||Mr. Thirlway||International Customary Law and Codification – An examination of the continuing role of custom in the present period of codification of international law|
|1983||Francis Lieber||La non comparution devant la Cour internationale de Justice||Mr. Elkind||Non-Appearance before the International Court of Justice – A Functional and Comparative Analysis||Mr. Ahmed Abou el Wafa
Mr. Mohamed Hassem
|2003||G. Rolin-Jaequemyns||Les mesures provisoires en droit international devant les juridictions internationales||Ms Gonzalez Napolitano||Medidas provisionales en el derecho internacional ante las cortes y tribunales internacionales|
|2019||Henri Wheaton||The Protection of the Environment and International Law||Ms Katalin Sulyok||Scientific Engagement of International Courts and Tribunals in Environmental Disputes – Science and the Legitimacy of Adjudicatory Reasoning||Ms Françoise Paccaud|
|2021||Andrés Bello||North-South Relations and International Law||Ms Aleydis Nissen
Mr Baptiste Delmas
|Business and Human Rights: The Role of EU Member States in Developing Accountability Mechanisms for Corporations from Developing and Emerging States
La compétence universelle du juge en droit du travail