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Thursday, 17 June 2021

The Lauterpacht Centre for International Law and the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law (MPIL) and International Law in Heidelberg are delighted to announce that the 2021 Max Planck-Cambridge Prize for International Law (MaxCamPIL) has been awarded to Professor Sundhya Pahuja, Director of the Institute for International Law and the Humanities, Director of Studies for International Law, Director of Studies for Law and Development and Co-Director of Studies for Public and International Law at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The Prize was established in 2019 by the Max Planck Institute and the Lauterpacht Centre with a generous donation from the Max Planck Society’s Supporting Members. It is awarded biennially to a mid-career scholar who has not only made an outstanding contribution to the study of international law but who is likely to continue to engage in substantial, innovative and cutting-edge research. The prize seeks to highlight existing research and to support the prize winner’s future work.

The Prize Committee, composed of younger scholars and chaired by Professors Eyal Benvenisti and Armin von Bogdandy, was unanimous in its view that Professor Pahuja is an outstanding, original, and highly impactful scholar and mentor. She has made major contributions to wide-ranging and important questions in international economic law, law and development, global governance, and jurisdictional encounters between normative orders, and does so by employing a range of methodologies, including postcolonial theory, political economy, science and technology studies, and critical economic theory. Her work has increased awareness of the role played by structures of international law in perpetuating global inequality, poverty and existing power relations, and of the emancipatory role of international law. Professor Pahuja also provides an outstanding example to younger scholars of rigorous, imaginative, and challenging scholarship, and of academic citizenship and inclusive mentoring.

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Professor Eyal Benvenisti, LCIL Director with Professor Sundhya Pahuja at the Centre

on the occasion of the Hersch Lauterpacht Memorial Lecture 2018.