2019 Friedmann Award

The 45th Wolfgang Friedmann Award Banquet

Honoring Rt. Hon. David Miliband

April 11, 2019

Princeton Club, 15 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036 

Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets Available Here


NEW YORK, NY – On April 11, 2019 the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law will award the 45th Annual Wolfgang Friedmann Memorial Award to Rt. Hon. David Miliband, renowned diplomat and international activist, in a banquet at the Princeton Club in Manhattan.

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 Transnational law.

This year, we are delighted to honor Rt. Hon. David Miliband.  As the President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee (IRC), Rt. Hon. Miliband oversees the agency’s relief and development operations in over 30 countries, its refugee resettlement and assistance programs throughout the United States, and the IRC’s advocacy efforts in Washington and other capitals on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Rt. Hon. Miliband has had a distinguished political career in the United Kingdom. From 2007 to 2010, he served as the youngest Foreign Secretary in three decades, driving advancements in human rights and representing the United Kingdom throughout the world. His accomplishments have earned him a reputation, in former President Bill Clinton’s words, as “one of the ablest, most creative public servants of our time.” In 2016, Rt. Hon. Miliband was named one of the World’s Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, and in 2018 he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Rt. Hon. Miliband is also the author of the book, Rescue: Refugees and the Political Crisis of Our Time. As the son of refugees, Rt. Hon. Miliband brings a personal commitment to the IRC’s work and to the premise of the book: that we can rescue the dignity and hopes of refugees and displaced people. In the process of helping them,  we also rescue our own values.

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 recognized 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 200 subscribers, one-third of whom are located outside the U.S. in more than 20 countries.

For more information, please contact the Journal’s Public Affairs Editors, Brooke Zheng and Kelly Tieu at xi.zheng@columbia.edu and knt2120@columbia.edu. Please note that tickets are generally non-refundable, except in exceptional circumstances.