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The Paul Reuter Prize

30-06-1996 Article, International Review of the Red Cross, No. 312

The Paul Reuter Fund was created in 1983 thanks to a donation made to the ICRC by the late Paul Reuter, Honorary Professor at the University of Paris and member of the Institut de droit international . The Fund's purpose is twofold: its income is used to encourage a work or an undertaking in the field of international humanitarian law and its dissemination, and to finance the Paul Reuter Prize .

The Paul Reuter Prize, in the amount of 2,000 Swiss francs, is awarded for a major work in the sphere of international humanitarian law.

The prize has been awarded four times so far: it was first awarded in 1985 to Mr Mohammed El Kouhène, Doctor of Laws, for his doctoral thesis entitled " Les garanties fondamentales de la personne en droit humanitaire et droits de l'homme " . The second award was made in 1988 to Ms Heather A. Wilson, Doctor of Laws, for her thesis entitled " International Law and the Use of Force by National Liberation Movements " . In an exceptional decision, there were two recipients of the prize in 1991: Mr Edward K. Kwakwa, Doctor of Laws, for his thesis entitled " Trends in the International Law of Armed Conflict: Claims relating to Personal and Material Fields of Application " , and Mr Alejandro Valencia Villa, a lawyer, for his book " La humanización de la guerra: la aplicación del derecho internacional humanitario al conflicto armado en Colombia " . The most recent award, in 1994, was to Professor Eric David, of the Free University of Brussels, for his work " Principes de droit des conflits armés " .

 The prize will be awarded for the fifth time in February 1997.  

In accordance with the Regulations of the Paul Reuter Fund, the works submitted must fulfil the following conditions:

- they must be aimed at improving knowledge or understanding of international humanitarian law;

- they must either be still unpublished or have been published recently, in 1995 or 1996.

Applications may be submitted in English, French or Spanish, and must include:

- a brief curriculum vitae;

- a list of the applicant's publications;

- three unabridged copies of the work submitted to the Commission.

Authors who meet the above requirements may send their applications no later than 15 September 1996 to

Mr Paolo Bernasconi,

Chairman of the Commission of the Paul Reuter Fund,

International Committee of the Red Cross,

19, Avenue de la Paix, CH-1202 Geneva, Switzerland.

 Commission of the Paul Reuter Fund  




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