Thursday, October 6, 2011

Write On! ASIL / Laws of War

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers)

The Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict invites submissions for its 2011 Richard R. Baxter Military Prize, which will honor "exceptional writing in English by an active member of the regular or reserve armed forces, regardless of nationality."
The namesake of this Society -- itself an Interest Group of the American Society of International Law -- is Francis Lieber, the Prussia-born U.S. law professor who drafted the 1863, Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field, a synthesis of the laws and customs of war also known as the Lieber Code.
For several years now ASIL's Lieber Society has given a prize for military writing, This year is the 1st that the prize bears the name of Richard Reeve Baxter (1921-1980). The many accomplishments of Baxter (right) included service as: an Army Judge Advocate during and after World War II; Harvard international law professor; consultant to the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, U.S. Naval War College, U.N. Secretariat, and World Bank; American Journal of International Law Editor-in-Chief; ASIL President; and, in the last 2 years of his life, Judge on the International Court of Justice. (photo credit)
The Lieber Society invites both self-nominations and nominations from others "ware of exceptional writing that meets the qualifications of this competition," for which a cash prize and ASIL membership will be awarded, as well as, as appropriate, certificates of merit.
Details of the competition are here. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2011.


CaitlynA said...

Richard Baxter, with his Harvard colleague Louis Sohn and MIT's Dan Nyhart, introduced me to international ocean law in a seminar that coincided with the beginning of the law of the sea negotiations in 1973. He and Louis gave us engineers remedial lessons in law in a series of evening classes (oddly, no corresponding lessons in science and engineering were given to the law students in our seminar).

Last month, while researching a law of the sea issue at the law library at American University, I checked out a book and found, on the inside cover, that the book originally belonged to Prof. Baxter and was provided to AU after his passing. It was an unexpected reminder of my good fortune in following the path blazed by some of the leaders that went before me. So it is a timely pleasure to see that the award has been named in his memory.

Diane Marie Amann said...

Thanks for adding a layer to this story, Caitlyn!