16 August 2019

Inaugural Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law Awarded to Professor Nico Krisch

Professor Krisch, who teaches International Law at the Graduate Institute and is Co-director of the Global Governance Centre, will receive the prize during a ceremony in Heidelberg, Germany on 15 November 2019. The biannual Prize is awarded to a mid-career scholar who has made an outstanding contribution to international law. 

“I am thrilled and honoured to receive this Prize from two world-renowned institutions”, said Professor Krisch. “I am especially happy that it is awarded for work exploring less common aspects of the global legal order – this reflects the degree to which the discipline is shifting and broadening its gaze.” 

“The [Prize] Committee was greatly impressed by the originality, rigour and broad range of [Professor Krisch’s] research, including original and field-defining contributions to the study of structural issues of international law, authority in global administrative law and questions of constitutional theory”, according to a statement from the Max Planck Institute. “Professor Krisch has made significant theoretical contributions to our understanding of governance beyond the state. His work is distinguished by this willingness to not only identify and theorise problems in international law and global governance but also to develop potential solutions. Professor Krisch’s research has strengthened the dialogue between the fields of international law, constitutional theory and political science. Representing interdisciplinarity at its most fruitful, his work enriches international law in both substance and method”.

Established in 2019, the 20,000-euro Prize is given jointly by the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law of Heidelberg and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge. It was created as a way to nurture young scholars who are likely to engage in “substantial, innovative and cutting-edge research” in the field of international law.

Read Professor Krisch's interview