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01 February 2021

2019 Paul Guggenheim Prize in International Law Awarded to Dr Astrid Wiik

For her extraordinary work, Amicus curiae before International Courts and Tribunals, Dr Astrid Wiik was selected by a jury to receive the Prize for “the great relevance of the subject-matter of this extensive study for both the theory and practice of international law”. Dr Wiik currently works as Policy Officer at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety. 

“I am deeply honoured to receive the Paul Guggenheim Prize", said Dr Wiik. "The aim of the monograph was to analyse amicus curiae before international courts and tribunals: firstly, to contrast the reality of the instrument – including its effectiveness – with the expectations attributed to it; and, secondly, to discern the extent to which it challenges established understandings of international dispute settlement. It was my hope that this research would contribute to the debates and codification efforts surrounding amicus curiae. I am deeply grateful for the recognition the research has received through this award.” 

Every two years, the Paul Guggenheim Prize, created in 1981, is presented to a young specialist in international law whose first monograph is of outstanding quality and explores a subject of general interest likely to contribute to the study of international law. The Prize was created to honour the memory of Professor Paul Guggenheim, an eminent scholar of international law at the Graduate Institute. 

The 2021 edition of the Prize will begin accepting applications beginning February 2021.