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The Hague, 14 November 2005
On Friday, 11 November 2005, The American Society of International Law (ASIL) in Washington, DC, announced that Judge Theodor Meron, President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), had been selected to receive its prestigious Manley O. Hudson Medal. The Medal, first awarded in 1956, is given on an occasional basis in recognition of exceptional
contributions to scholarship and achievement in international law. The ASIL Honors Committee, chaired by Professor Michael Reisman, recommended Judge Meron for the Medal, and the ASIL Executive Council approved the recommendation at its meeting on November 5. In keeping with recent tradition, Judge Meron will deliver an address at ASIL's 100th Annual Meeting, which will take place in
Washington, DC, March 29 - April 1, 2006.
"Over the course of his career Judge Meron has contributed greatly to the development and application of international law through his scholarship and his practice. He is well deserving of this special award, and, on behalf of the entire ASIL membership, I congratulate him and look forward to his remarks on the occasion of our historic 100th meeting next spring," said
Charlotte Ku, ASIL Executive Director.
Judge Meron has been a member of ASIL since 1971. In a press release to mark the announcement, ASIL described Judge Meron as "a leading scholar of international humanitarian law, human rights, and international criminal law and wrote some of the books and articles that helped build the legal foundations for international criminal tribunals."
Judge Meron received his legal education at the Universities of Jerusalem, Harvard, and Cambridge. Since 1977 he has been a professor of international law and, since 1994, the holder of the Charles L. Denison Chair at New York University Law School.
From 1993 to 1998, Judge Meron was Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law (published by ASIL), to which he remains a regular contributor. Also in 1998, as a member of the US Delegation to the Rome Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (ICC), he was involved in the drafting of the provisions on crimes, including war crimes
and crimes against humanity. Judge Meron also served on the preparatory commission for the establishment of the ICC, with particular responsibilities for the definition of the crime of aggression.
Judge Meron has authored several books. Among his most recent are War and Chivalry in Shakespeare (1998), War Crimes Law Comes of Age: Essays (1998), and International Law in the Age of Human Rights (2004). His latest book, The Humanization of International Law, is due to be published in early 2006.
ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organization. It was founded in 1906, chartered by the US Congress in 1950, and holds Category II Consultative Status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations since 1993. ASIL's mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on
the basis of law and justice. The Society's 4,000 members (from nearly 100 countries) comprise attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organizations, international civil servants, students, and those interested in international law. In 2006 ASIL will celebrate its centennial with the theme "A Just World Under Law."
Courtroom proceedings can be followed on the Tribunal's website.