Students & Campus
11 May 2023

2021 Paul Guggenheim Prize in International Law Awarded to Alumnus Lorenzo Palestini

For his work entitled “La protection des intérêts juridiques de l’État tiers dans le procès de délimitation maritime”, Lorenzo Palestini was distinguished with the Prize, which is awarded every two years. 

“It is a privilege and an honour to receive the prize that tributes the memory of Professor Paul Guggenheim, one of the great jurists who marked the science of international law and contributed greatly to the reputation of the Geneva Graduate Institute and the University of Geneva’s Faculty of Law”, explained Lorenzo Palestini. “My book is the result of six years of research at the Institute and Université Libre de Bruxelles. It deals with a classical, but still topical, subject situated at the crossroad of substantive and procedural law, namely the protection of the legal interests of third States in the maritime delimitation process”.

Lorenzo Palestini defended his thesis at the Geneva Graduate Institute, receiving distinguished honours from the jury. Currently, he is a Lecturer and researcher for the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement. Prior to joining the MIDS programme, Lorenzo was a Teaching Assistant at the Institute’s International Law Department and the University of Geneva’s Criminal Law Department.

He received the Paul Guggenheim Prize during an award ceremony at the Institute on 1 May 2023.

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 application deadline for the 2023 edition of the Paul Guggenheim Prize will close on 30 June 2023.