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Tuesday, 23 March 2021

The Centre is delighted to announce that Dr Giovanni Mantilla has been awarded the 2021 Francis Lieber Prize for his book Lawmaking under Pressure - International Humanitarian Law and Internal Armed Conflict (Cornell University Press) which was published in December 2020.  Dr Giovanni Mantilla is a University Lecturer at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), a Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre.

The American Society of International Law’s Lieber Society on the Law of Armed Conflict awards the Francis Lieber Prize to the authors of publications that the judges consider to be outstanding in the field of law and armed conflict.


Professor Robin Geiss, University of Glasgow, said on behalf of the prize committee:

"Exploring the social politics around the development of IHL, Lawmaking under pressure makes a highly original, major contribution to the field and ultimately sends a strong message of hope in a time of increasing global tension and mistrust: International social pressure channelled by diplomatic procedure can drive progressive normative development against all odds. While such development comes at a price, the historic lesson, which the author derives from meticulous archival research, resonates strongly at a time when the development of international law is stymied on so many levels."

Congratulations, Giovanni, on this wonderful achievement!