Past Recipients

2015: Lori Fisler Damrosch

Lori-Damrosch-Nov2012-2-207x300A beloved teacher and mentor, Professor Damrosch is President of the American Society of International Law and the Hamilton Fish Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at Columbia Law School. Professor Damrosch started her legal career at the U.S. Department of State in the Office of the Legal Adviser, where from 1977 to 1981 she worked on East-West trade relations, litigation in international and domestic tribunals involving U.S. foreign relations, and the Iran hostage crisis. She continued to focus on international law when she moved into private practice, spending the next three years at Sullivan & Cromwell, where she worked on issues related to the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal. After joining the Columbia faculty in 1984, Professor Damrosch quickly built a reputation as a major figure in international law.

Today, her scholarship is widely cited, and she is the author of a leading casebook on international law. Additionally, Professor Damrosch has authored amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on the relationship between international and domestic law, and she is a member of numerous international law and human rights organizations, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law, and the Institut de Droit International. From 2003 to 2013, she served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of International Law. Her two-year term as President of the American Society of International Law began in April 2014.


2014: Aryeh Neier
2013: Dr. Shirin Ebadi
2012: M. Cherif Bassiouni
2011: George J. Mitchell
2010: Jerome A. Cohen
2009: James Crawford
2008: Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade
2007: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
2007: Antonio Cassese
2006: Ian Brownlie
2005: Richard N. Gardner
2004: Giuliano Amato
2003: Harold Hongju Koh
2002: Hans Blix
2001: Louise Arbour
2000: Hon. Gabrielle Kirk McDonald
1999: Thomas Franck
1998: Stephen M. Schwebel
1997: Conrad K. Harper
1996: James A. Baker III
1995: Boutros Boutros-Ghali
1994: Max M. Kampelman
1993: Michael H. Posner
1992: John J. Jackson
1991: Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
1990: John N. Hazard
1989: Thomas Buergenthal
1988: John R. Stevenson
1987: Keith Highet
1986: Louis Henkin
1985: Hon. Rosalyn Higgins
1984: Tommy Koh
1983: Oscar Schachter
1982: Maxwell Cohen
1981: Telford Taylor
1980: Alona E. Evans
1979: Hardy C. Dillard
1978: Willis M Reese
1977: Arthur H. Dean
1976: Oliver S. Lissitzyn
1975: Philip C. Jessup