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Prof. Dr. Armin von Bogdandy

 

Armin von Bogdandy was awarded the Héctor Fix-Zamudio-Prize for International Legal Research 2015

On September 18, 2015, Armin von Bogdandy, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law was distinguished with the Héctor Fix-Zamudio-Prize for International Legal Research 2015.

Since 2005, the Héctor Fix-Zamudio-Prize  of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), which is endowed with $10,000, has been awarded to scholars who have made outstanding original and worthwhile contributions to the study of law. Earlier recipients include Joseph Raz, Peter Häberle, Luigi Ferrajoli and Ronald Dworkin.

The Mexican jurist Héctor Fix-Zamudio was born in 1924. His work on constitutional law, comparative law and human rights decisively shaped the Ibero-American constitutional landscape. He was a judge on the Inter-American Court of Human Rights from 1986 to 1997 and its long-standing President.

In the context of the research project Ius Constitutionale Commune en América Latina (ICCAL), the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law has maintained an intensive exchange with leading experts in Latin America in order to identify the foundations, trends, tensions, challenges and potential of a ius commune, particularly with respect to human rights. Drawing on specific experience with inacceptable conditions of a systematic character, this regional approach to transformational constitutionalism aims at changing political and social realities through a concerted strengthening of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

Since 2006, the Institute has maintained close cooperation within the scope of its Latin America Academic Network with the Instituto de Investigaciones Juridicas de la UNAM the largest legal research institution in Latin America. The exchange of researchers, the mutual sponsoring of conferences and the publication of Spanish-language texts aims at strengthening the transnational discourse of legal scholarship in the context of an increasing internationalization of constitutional law.