The Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, for which I serve as Director, is pleased to announce the Inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition.
To be held in conjunction with the International Criminal Court at Ten international conference being held on November 12, 2012, at my home institution, Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri, the competition will honor former Nuremberg Prosecutor Benjamin B. Ferencz (below left). (2010 photo courtesy of the Robert H. Jackson Center)
This competition addresses the very difficult issue of the relationship between crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression, both as a matter of substantive law and jurisdiction. In particular, given that the crime of aggression is not currently enforceable in the ICC, the competition aims to address whether illegal uses of force, interstate or otherwise, resulting in significant loss of life may currently be prosecutable before the ICC as crimes against humanity.
This call for essays invites scholars throughout the world to contribute to and develop the arguments set forth in the description of the Call for Essays to answer the main essay question:
Under what conditions may acts that constitute illegal use of armed force and that result in the widespread or systematic attack upon a civilian population be prosecuted as crimes against humanity by the International Criminal Court, pursuant to the Rome Statute?The first-place winner of the Essay Contest will receive an award of US$10,000. Second- and third-place runners-up will each receive an honorable mention and a plaque as well as runner-up awards in the amount of US$2,500 each. The first-place winner of the Contest will be invited to St. Louis for an award ceremony that will take place during the International Criminal Court at Ten conference. The essay will be included in the symposium issue published by the Washington University Global Studies Law Review resulting from the conference.
Contestants are encouraged to register for the competition on our Inaugural Benjamin B. Ferencz Essay Competition website as soon as possible. The deadline for submission of entries is Friday, August 31, 2012, at 5:00 PM (Central Daylight Time).
Please visit our website for additional information on eligibility, requirements and guidelines for the competition. For further information, please contact Ms. Bethel Mandefro at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to your participation.