ILAW Best Paper Award

The Paper Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the field of international law.

General Information

Recipients must meet the Following Criteria

  1. Recipient must be a current member of ISA.
  2. Eligible papers may be single- or multi-authored.
  3. Papers eligible for the 2019 award must be submitted by October 15, 2018.
  4. To be eligible for the award, the paper must have been presented at the 2018 ISA Annual Convention, or it must have been or is scheduled to be presented at another regional or national convention, either in or outside the United States, during the calendar year prior to the award.
  5. The subject matter of the paper must fall into the broadly defined category of international law.


  • The recipient will be announced at the Section Business Meeting.
  • The recipient will receive cash prize of $100 and Section membership for one year.

Selection Process

  • Decisions of the Selection Committee are final.
  • The Secretary shall forward paper submissions, with the cover sheets redacted, to the Committee members. Contact information for the ILAW Section Secretary will be available on the ILAW Section Website.
  • Questions regarding the scope of the subject will be resolved by the sole discretion of the Selection Committee.

Apply For The ILAW Best Paper Award

  • Nominated papers should be submitted with the author's permission to the International Law Secretary.
  • The authors’ names must not appear in the paper itself, and all acknowledgements must be omitted.
  • Papers may be single- or multi-authored.
  • The subject matter of the paper must fall into the broadly defined category of international law.
  • Papers must be submitted by the author of the paper.
  • A paper must be submitted with a cover sheet must be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the title, name of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information. For multi-authored submissions, the cover sheet should designate one author as the point of contact, and provide only that person's contact information.
  • Papers may be submitted in hard copy (include three copies) or by e-mail.
  • Papers must be submitted to the Secretary of the International Law Section, not the Selection Committee members directly.
  • Please submit nominations to the secretary for ILAW Emilia Justyna Powell by October 15.


Emilia Justyna Powell | Chair
University of Notre Dame

Meet the Committee

Award Chairs please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

Key Dates

The International Studies Association

Representing over 100 countries, ISA has more than 6,500 members worldwide and is the most respected and widely known scholarly association in this field. Endeavoring to create communities of scholars dedicated to international studies, ISA is divided into 7 geographic subdivisions of ISA (Regions), 29 thematic groups (Sections) and 4 Caucuses which provide opportunities to exchange ideas and research with local colleagues and within specific subject areas.
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