Saturday, October 11, 2008

Law of War -- January 2, 2009 -- $500

The Lieber Society, an interest group of the American Society of International Law, bestows each year, without regard to nationality, a prize for an exceptional writing that enhances understanding of the law of war by a person serving in the regular or reserve armed forces of any nation.

The Prize. The winner will receive a Certificate confirming that he or she has won a Lieber Society Military Prize and a monetary grant of $500.00. The judges may also select up to two additional persons to receive Lieber Society Certificates of Merit for exceptional papers. Request for Assistance. Any person receiving this Call for Papers who is aware of an exceptional writing that meets the qualifications of this competition is requested to nominate the paper directly to the Lieber Society and forward this Call to the author of that paper.

Definition of the Law of War. For this competition, the Law of War is that part of international law that regulates the conduct of armed hostilities. Papers may address any aspect of the law of war, including, but not limited to: the use of force in international law, the conduct of hostilities during international and non-international armed conflicts, protected persons and protected objects, the law of weapons, rules of engagement, treatment of detainees, to include interrogation procedures, and occupation law. Papers addressing practical problems confronting members of armed forces are preferred. Qualifications for entering the competition. Persons submitting papers do not have to be ASIL members. They may be citizens of any nation, but they must be a member of, or retired from, his or her nation's regular or reserve armed forces. He or she does not have to be on active duty when the paper was prepared.

Papers that may be entered. Papers submitted in this competition must be in English (or translated into English if written in another language) and not more than 35 pages long if printed with single line spacing or 70 pages if written with double line spacing. Papers that have been published are acceptable for this competition. Papers that have not been published will be equally considered. A condition of considering a paper that has not been published, however, is that the author must give the Lieber Society authority to have the paper published in a journal of the Society's choice.

Required Contact Data. All submissions must contain the following data on the author of the paper: full name and rank or rating, if any; current postal and e-mail addresses; current telephone and fax numbers. If a person other than the author is making the submission, it must also contain the above data for the person submitting the paper.

Deadline for submitting papers. Papers for the 2009 competition must be received no later than Friday, 2 January 2009.

More details: Lieber Society Military Prize