2016 Friedmann Award

MARTTI AHTISAARI TO RECEIVE 2016 WOLFGANG FRIEDMANN AWARD

 Columbia Journal of Transnational Law to Give Award to Celebrated Leader, Mediator and Nobel Peace Prize Recipient

2016 Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award recipient Martti Ahtisaari

2016 Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award recipient Martti Ahtisaari

NEW YORK, NY – On March 30, 2016, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law will award the 42nd Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award to Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and 2008 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

WHO: Martti Ahtisaari, former President of Finland and 2008 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
WHEN: March 30, 2016
WHERE: ‘21’ Club, 21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

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Detailed information below.


Since 1975, the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law has presented the Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award to a distinguished scholar or practitioner who has made outstanding contributions to the field of international law.

Mr. Ahtisaari was elected President of the Republic of Finland in February 1994 and held office until February 2000.  Today, Mr. Ahtisaari serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Crisis Management Initiative, an NGO he founded in 2000 to continue his work in international peace mediation and conflict resolution.  Mr. Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 “for his great efforts, on several continents and over more than three decades, to resolve international conflicts.”  His efforts included major contributions to the Namibia independence process from 1989-90 and arbitration in Kosovo in 1999 and 2005-07 (during which time he served as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for the future status process for Kosovo).  In 2005, Mr. Ahtisaari facilitated the peace process between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement, ending the three-decade long conflict.

Mr. Ahtisaari has committed his career to foreign affairs, diplomacy and conflict resolution.  He worked on issues of international development and peacemaking for decades in various positions with both the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations.  Mr. Ahtisaari’s contributions to conflict resolution and international diplomacy span decades and continents.  For his considerable impact on foreign affairs and peacemaking, theJournal is pleased to present the 42nd Wolfgang Friedmann Award to President Martti Ahtisaari.

The award is given in memory of the Journal’s founder, Columbia Law School Professor Wolfgang Friedmann. Friedmann, a native of Germany, emigrated to the United States and taught at the Law School from 1955 until his death in 1972. He passionately advocated for a world order based on mutual respect among nations, and is best known for his denunciations of the Nazi Party when he worked as a jurist in Germany in the early 1930s.

Founded in 1961, the Journal has showcased the work of generations of international law scholars. It now has more than 400 subscribers, one-third of whom live outside the U.S. in more than 60 countries.

For more information or to purchase tickets to the event, please contact the Journal’s Public Affairs Editors, Michael Brasher and Sarah Chen, at Michael.Brasher@law.columbia.edu and Weiyang.Chen@law.columbia.edu.