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Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law is awarded to Professor Nico Krisch

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law (MPIL) and International Law in Heidelberg are delighted to announce that the inaugural Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law (MaxCamPIL) has been awarded to Nico Krisch, Professor at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva.

The Prize was established in 2019 by the Max Planck Institute and the Lauterpacht Centre with a generous donation from the Max Planck Society’s Supporting Members. It will be awarded biennially to a mid-career scholar who has not only made an outstanding contribution to the study of international law but who is likely to continue to engage in substantial, innovative and cutting-edge research. The prize seeks to highlight existing research and to support the prize winner’s future work.

The Prize Committee, chaired by Professors Anne Peters and Eyal Benvenisti, was greatly impressed by the originality, rigour and broad range of his research, including original and field-defining contributions to the study of structural issues of international law, authority in global administrative law and questions of constitutional theory. Professor Krisch has made significant theoretical contributions to our understanding of governance beyond the state. His work is distinguished by his willingness to not only identify and theorise problems in international law and global governance but also to develop potential solutions.

Professor Krisch’s research has strengthened the dialogue between the fields of international law, constitutional theory, and political science. Representing interdisciplinarity at its most fruitful, his work enriches international law in both substance and method.

Nico Krisch is a professor of international law and co-director of the Global Governance Centre at the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies.

His main research interests concern the legal structure of international organizations and global governance, the politics of international law, and the postnational legal order emerging at the intersection of domestic, transnational and international law.

Prior to joining the Institute, he held faculty positions at the Catalan Institution for Advanced Studies and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, and the Law Department of the London School of Economics. He was also a research fellow at Oxford University’s Merton College, at New York University School of Law and at the MPIL in Heidelberg, as well as a visiting professor at Harvard Law School.

Originally from Germany, he holds a PhD in law from the University of Heidelberg. His 2010 book, Beyond Constitutionalism: The Pluralist Structure of Postnational Law (OUP), received the Certificate of Merit of the American Society of International Law. His most recent work focuses on the ‘interface law’ that governs the relation between norms from different spheres of authority in the global realm, and on processes of change in the international legal order. For the latter project, he was awarded a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2017. Professor Krisch is a member of the Council of the International Society of Public Law, and of the editorial or advisory boards of the European Journal of International Law, the Journal of International Dispute Settlement, and the London Review of International Law.

Professor Krisch will receive the prize at a ceremony to be held in Heidelberg on 15 November 2019.

Contributor: University of Cambridge