Francis Lieber Prize: Call for Submissions

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The Francis Lieber Prize is awarded annually by the American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict to the authors of publications which the judges consider to be outstanding in the field of law and armed conflict.  Both monographs and articles (including chapters in books of essays)  are eligible for consideration, as the prize is awarded to the best submission in each of these two categories.

Criteria:         Any work in the English language published during 2011 or whose publication is imminent at the time of submission may be nominated for this prize.  The re-submission of works which have already been considered for this prize is not allowed.  Entries may address such topics as the use of force in international law, the conduct of hostilities during international and non‑international armed conflicts, protected persons and objects under the law of armed conflict, the law of weapons, operational law, rules of engagement, occupation law, peace operations, counter‑terrorist operations, and humanitarian assistance.  Other topics bearing on the application of international law during armed conflict or other military operations are also appropriate.

Age Limit:       Competitors must be 35 years old or younger at the time of submission. They need not be members of the American Society of International Law.  Multi-authored works may be submitted if all the authors are eligible to enter the competition.  Should a multi-authored submission win the competition, the cash component of the prize shall be divided, pro rata, between the authors.  Submissions from outside the United States are welcome.

Submission:     Submissions, including a letter or message of nomination, must be received by 16 January 2012.  Three copies of books must be submitted.  The electronic submission of articles is encouraged.  Authors may submit their own work.  Any work not already published must be accompanied by documentation indicating that it has been accepted for publication.  All submissions must include contact data (e‑mail, fax, phone, address).  The Prize Committee will acknowledge receipt of the submission by e‑mail.

Printed submissions must be sent to: Professor Iain Scobbie, Department of Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London,   WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom

Electronic submissions must be sent to: is17{at}

Please indicate clearly in the subject line that the email concerns a submission for the Lieber Prize.

Prize:   The Selection Committee will select one submission for the award of the Francis Lieber Prize in the book category and one in the article category. The Prizes consist of $500, a certificate of recognition, and a year’s membership of the American Society of International Law.  The winner of the Lieber Prize in both categories will be announced at the American Society of International Law’s Annual Meeting in March 2012.

In 2011, the winners were:

Tom Ruys, of the Catholic University of Leuven, for his monograph “Armed attack and Article 51 of the UN Charter” (Cambridge UP: 2010)

Naz Modirzadeh, Associate Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard University, for her article “The dark sides of convergence: a pro-civilian critique of the extraterritorial application of human rights law in armed conflict”, 86 International Law Studies (US Naval War College) 349 (2010).

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