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Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law

The Prize

With the generous donations of its Supporting Members for the Annual Project 2018, the Max Planck Society established the Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law (MaxCamPIL), a research prize which highlights the relevance of fundamental research in the field of international law in a phase of reconfiguration of the global order. Its aim is to identify an outstanding mid-career legal scholar whose contributions to the study of international law have enriched the field and are likely to continue and develop further. It is intended to highlight his/her scholarship, support his/her future work, and to provide a model of academic excellence for younger scholars.

Flyer Annual Project 2018 (German only) (PDF, 1631.7 KB)

Awarding Institutions

The MaxCamPIL is awarded jointly by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law (MPIL) and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge. Both institutions are well-established points of reference in the worldwide coordinate system of the discipline, and have as a core mission nurturing younger scholars in international law.

Awarding Procedure and Ceremony

Starting from 2019, the prize is awarded every two years. The Selection Committee has eight members and is composed of one Director of each of the two institutions and three postdoctoral researchers from each institution. The Committee will be chaired alternately by a Director of the MPIL and the Director of the LCIL. The selection procedure is governed by the Selection Procedure Guidelines, periodically updated by the acting Selection Committee.

The award ceremony takes place alternately in Heidelberg and Cambridge. It goes with a laudatio by a representative of the respectively other institution and a testimonial lecture of the laureate which shall be published in a scholarly journal of international law and which when published shall acknowledge the prize. Within two years after the prize ceremony in Heidelberg or Cambridge, the laureate is expected to visit one of the two institutions for a paid stay of one month, and is also expected to visit the respectively other institution for a paid stay of at least five days and to hold a guest lecture or seminar.

Selection Procedure Guidelines (PDF, 332.5 KB)