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Wednesday, 11 April 2018

The Lauterpacht Centre (LCIL) is proud to announce that Fellow, Dr Megan Donaldson, has been awarded The Francis Deák Prize by the American Society of International Law.The prize was given for her article ‘The Survival of the Secret Treaty: Publicity, Secrecy, and Legality in the International Order' which was published in the recent issue of the American Journal of International Law.

The report of the Deák Committee, composed of Judge James R Crawford and Professor David P Stewart said:

 "We consider that her piece reflects excellent research and analyzes an important topic historically, tracked across the years, in a very well-written, definitive study which will be read for a long time. It is thoughtful, well-organized, well-documented, a joy to read, and a unique investigation into an unexplored topic entirely worthy of the distinction."

...Her piece reflects excellent research... in a very well-written, definitive study which will be read for a long time.the Deák Committee

The annual Francis Deák Prize is awarded to a younger author for meritorious scholarship published in The American Journal of International Law (AJIL). The prize was established by Philip Cohen in 1973, in memory of Francis Deak, former head of the international law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and editor of American International Law Cases, 1783-1963, the first volume of which was published in 1971, the year before his death. The award is sponsored by Oxford University Press and made in the spring following the volume year in which the article appeared.

Professor Eyal Benvenisti, Director of the Lauterpacht Centre, said: "This is a unique achievement and we are all very proud of Megan."