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Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize

2016 Winning Article announced (freely available!)

The Board of Editors, Journal of International Criminal Justice is pleased to award the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for 2016 to Tilman Rodenhäuser for his article, 'Squaring the Circle?: Prosecuting Sexual Violence against Child Soldiers by their ‘Own Forces'' (14 JICJ (2015) 171-193).

2015 Winning Article announced (freely available!)

The Board of Editors, Journal of International Criminal Justice is pleased to award the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for 2015 to Magdalena Pacholska for her article, '(Il)legality of Killing Peacekeepers: The Crime of Attacking Peacekeepers in the Jurisprudence of International Criminal Tribunals’ (13 JICJ (2015) 43-72).

Bearing in mind the status of members of peacekeeping forces working under robust mandates in conflict situations is already being -- and increasingly will be -- challenged heatedly before international criminal courts and tribunals, the Board considered her article as having the necessary depth, scope, timeliness, and originality to be a most worthy winner this year.

2014 Winning Articles announced (freely available!)

The Board of Editors, Journal of International Criminal Justice is pleased to award the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for 2014 to Dr Elisa Hoven and Ms Tom Gal ex aequo for their essays, ‘Civil Party Participation in Trials of Mass Crimes: A Qualitative Study at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia’ (12 JICJ (2014) 81-107), and ‘Unexplored Outcomes of Tadić : Applicability of the Law of Occupation to War by Proxy’ (12 JICJ (2014) 59-80).

In awarding the prize to Dr Hoven, the Board deemed her research on civil party participation before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia to be innovative and promising, especially in light of the evernecessary attention of international criminal justice towards victims of mass atrocities. Her ability to highlight both the advantages and the drawbacks of civil party participation, and to question its practical impact on criminal proceedings was particularly appreciated. And equally, bearing in mind the increasing involvement of external actors in non-international armed conflicts, the Board wishes to commend Ms Gal on her research on the applicability of the law of occupation to the so-called ‘ Tadić -type’ conflicts as particularly timely, original and of impact.

Board wishes to warmly congratulate both the authors. A ceremony to felicitate the award will be held in 2016.

Conor McCarthy

2012 Winning Article (freely available!)

The Editorial Board of the Journal is very pleased to award the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for 2012 to Dr Conor McCarthy for his essay, ‘Victim Redress and International Criminal Justice: Competing Paradigms, or Compatible Forms of Justice?’ 10 JICJ (2012) 351-372. In querying the role of provisions for victim redress in international criminal law, Dr McCarthy has, Board believes, asked a question that will be fundamental to the future of international criminal justice, and in upholding, in his answer, the spirit of ‘vindicative satisfaction’, affirmed some of the ‘moral grandeur’of victims that must lie at the heart of the effort of all scholars and practitioners of international criminal law. Board commends this well-written, well-argued article and congratulates Dr McCarthy.


2011 Winning Article (freely available!)

Non-retroactivity of Criminal Law: A New Chapter in the Hissène Habré Saga
by Valentina Spiga

On 23 April 2012, the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights held an event to pay tribute to the late Antonio Cassese. The evening included a round table discussion to launch Professor Cassese's last edited volume, Realizing Utopia: The Future of International Law , chaired by Andrew Clapham, and with the participation of Luigi Condorelli, Pierre-Marie Dupuy, Malcom Evans and Philippe Sands. Following the discussion, Sylvia Cassese and Salvatore Zappalà awarded the Journal of International Criminal Justice Prize for the best article authored by a younger scholar in 2011 to Ms Valentina Spiga, PhD candidate at the European University Institute, Florence, for her essay on Non-retroactivity of Criminal Law-A New Chapter in the Hissène Habré Saga .

In awarding the prize to Ms Spiga, the Board of Editors wished to recognize her work in furthering critical discussion of international criminal law as adjudicated before regional and national courts and tribunals. The members have commended Ms Spiga for putting forward a lucid, meticulously researched reading of a single legal twist in the long attempt to hold the former Chadian president, Hissène Habré, accountable for torture and crimes against humanity committed 20 years ago, and advocating original views on the retroactivity of criminal provisions in national and international law.

2010 Winning Articles (freely available!)

Prosecuting the War Crime of Collective Punishment: Is It Time to Amend the Rome Statute?
by Shane Darcy

Compensating Acquitted Defandants for Detention before International Criminal Courts

by Johan David Michels

2009 Winning Article

Courts of Armed Opposition Groups: Fair trial or Summary Justice?
by Sandesh Sivakumaran

2008 Winning Article

Fatal Errors: The Trial and Appeal Judgments in the Dujail Case
by Nehal Bhuta

Previous Winning Articles

Finding a Proper Role for Command Responsibility
by Beatrice I. Bonafé (2007)

Joint Criminal Enterprise as a Pathway to Convicting Individuals for Genocide

by Elies van Sliedregt (2007)

Rethinking Guantánamo: Unlawful Confinement as Applied in International Criminal Law
by James G. Stewart (2006)

Bad Torture - Good Torture?
by Florian Jessberger (2005)

Universal Jurisdiction: Clarifying the Basic Concept
by Roger O'Keefe (2004)

The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court over Nationals of Non-Parties: Legal Basis and Limits
by Dapo Akande (2003)

Previously known as the 'Premio Regione Toscana Giorgio La Pira'

Each year, the Journal of International Criminal Justice awards a prize for the best paper published in the Journal by a young scholar. The prize includes a €2000 cash award, £300 worth of books provided by Oxford University Press, and a free one-year subscription to the Journal .

From 2004 to 2010, this prize was called the ‘Premio Regione Toscana Giorgio La Pira’ to reflect the sponsorship of the prize by the regional government of Tuscany (Regione Toscana) as part of their initiative to honour the eminent Italian jurist Giorgio La Pira on the centennial anniversary of his birth in 2004. This sponsorship is now concluded.

To qualify for consideration of the award, the author of the article should be aged 35 or younger (at the time the article is accepted for publication). In addition, the recipient of the award would normally be expected to have expressed a wish to be considered for the prize at the time of acceptance of a single-authored article, and not be associated with the editorial management of the Journal in any capacity prior to submission.

The article is selected by the Editorial Board of the Journal . Following selection, the prize winner is invited to attend a public ceremony at which the Prize is awarded. It is practice at the Journal to invite a distinguished prosecutor, judge or scholar to preside over the ceremony. In recent years, Cuno Tarfusser (2009), Antonio Intelisano (2008), Gherardo Colombo (2007), Armando Spataro (2006), and Carla Del Ponte (2006) have been the chief guests on the occasion.

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