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Call for Nominations

The IUCN Academy recognizes that its member institutions are actively involved in advancing knowledge of environmental law through research on a wide range of topics from an array of perspectives. The Academy’s member law schools and their scholars frequently produce outstanding publications, organize conferences and undertake other scholarly activities of international significance. These scholarly activities directly promote the aims of the Academy.

The Academy introduced the annual scholarship prize competition to recognize outstanding publications and other scholarly achievements by individuals in its member institutions. A Scholarship Prizes Subcommittee of the Academy’s Research Committee oversees the competition.

This announcement details the criteria and procedure for nominating individuals for the scholarship prizes. The deadline for making nominations is 29 February 2012.

Awarding of Prizes to Date

The Academy has thus far awarded three prizes each in the junior and senior categories. Professor Klaus Bosselmann of New Zealand, Professor Jamie Benidickson of Canada and Professor Svitlana Kravchenko of the United States received the senior scholar prize in 2009, 2010 and 2011 respectively. Dr. Christina Voigt of Norway, Professor Tim Stephens of Australia and Professor Louis Kotze of South Africa received the junior scholar prize in 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. The prize winners of the fourth competition will be announced at the Academy’s Colloquium, 1-5 July 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

Prize Categories

The Academy awards two prizes, based on scholarly achievements in the field of environmental law:

Academic experience includes graduate-level research, post-doctoral positions and traditional academic appointments as lecturers, professors and similar positions.

Eligibility and Criteria

The prizes will be awarded on the basis of ‘scholarship’, defined primarily to include published research such as academic books (edited or authored), journal articles and book chapters, as well as commissioned policy reports and studies of research value. The scholarship could be published in any language. Although other criteria factor into the selection of the prize winners (see below for additional criteria), the quality of scholarship will serve as the primary factor in evaluating candidates for the prize.

The Academy strongly encourages nominations from all regions in the world, particularly from non-OEDC countries.

In addition to ‘scholarship’, defined above, the prizes also recognize other additional scholarly-related activities, such as:

The following additional requirements apply:

In future scholarship prize competitions, an individual may be re-nominated if he or she was unsuccessful in the previous years. However, former prize winners within the previous five years are ineligible for re-nomination.

Evaluation criteria

The criteria for evaluation of the nomination are as follows, listed in order of importance:

  1. Quality, originality and intellectual influence of the scholarship.
  2. International significance of the scholarship, as against merely having relevance in one jurisdiction or region.
  3. Enhancement of research collaboration among scholars and other persons from different institutions and regions.
  4. Advancement of the aims of the IUCN Academy:
    • Build individual talent and institutional capacity in environmental law and policy as a vital contributor to effective international environmental governance
    • Advance understanding of some of the most pressing environmental law and governance issues and propose strategies to address these issues from a legal perspective
    • Contribute to developing new legal mechanisms to meet urgent demands for sound global, regional and national governance

The awards are made on merit and the Scholarship Prizes Subcommittee may in a given year decide not to award any prizes.

Nature of the Prizes

The prizes will take the form of a commemorative certificate endorsed by the IUCN Academy. No monetary payment is provided.

Composition of the Scholarship Prize Subcommittee

The Prizes Subcommittee will include five members: two from the Research Committee, one from the Academy’s Governing Board and two independent expert reviewers, to be determined annually. Each member of the committee must be at arms-length from the nomination process.

Further Information

If you have any questions about the Scholarship Prizes competition, please contact Winnie Carruth at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Willemien du Plessis, Co-Chair of the Academy’s Research Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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