James Crawford honoured by ASIL

26 April 2012

On 30 March 2012 Professor James Crawford SC was awarded the Manley O. Hudson medal by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) at their Annual Conference in Washington DC. The society bestows on an occasional basis without regard to nationality a medal to commemorate the life work of Manley O. Hudson. Such awards are made for scholarship and achievement in international law. The 2012 ASIL Honours Committee cited Crawford's 'significant and wide-ranging contribution to the progressive development of international law, its scholarship and teaching, and the peaceful settlement of international disputes through his work as arbitrator, counsel and witness'.

James is the first Australian to receive the medal and joins a prestigious list of past winners that includes former judges of the ICJ and ICTY. In his Hudson lecture 'International Law as a Discipline and Profession' James spoke of the importance of public international law both in study and in practice, and critiqued how public international law is often dismissed and/or manipulated by powerful nations. James is the Whewell Professor of International Law at Jesus College, Cambridge University and member of SCIL's advisory board. The Centre warmly congratulates James.