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Award of the Paul Reuter Prize

17-02-2000 News Release 00/05

The 2000 Paul Reuter Prize for outstanding work in the sphere of international humanitarian law was awarded on 12 February to Ilias Bantekas, lecturer in law at the University of Westminster, for his thesis entitled Principles of Individual Responsibility for Violations of International Humanitarian Law after the ICTY [International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia ] .

Mr Bantekas'thesis was chosen because it examines virtually every case in which international humanitarian law has been applied and interpreted and deals with a subject of great topicality. The thesis will be a mine of information for legal experts concerned with the implementation of humanitarian law and with the responsibility of individuals under those rules.

The Reuter Fund was set up in 1983 through a donation made to the ICRC by the late Paul Reuter, Professor Emeritus at the University of Paris and member of the Institute of International Law. Its purpose is twofold: to encourage the publication of works on international humanitarian law or other initiatives in that field and to finance the Paul Reuter Prize, which is worth 2,000 Swiss francs and is awarded every three years.

This is the sixth time that the Reuter Prize has been awarded since the Fund was set up. It will be presented to Mr Bantekas by ICRC President Jakob Kellenberger at a ceremony in June.