Private Law Prize
The conferral of this truly global academic award is intended as a testimony of its winner’s ultimate academic excellence, while the cash prize component is meant to advance the realization of the laureate’s ideas of worldwide significance.
Unparalleled in the intellectual depth of its contending papers, the authority of its Expert Committee, and the size of the cash reward offered, the SPBILF Private Law Prize has all the makings of becoming to the international community of legal professionals as prestigious as the Nobel Prize. It is our hope that the fulfilment of the ideas put forward by the winners of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize will contribute to making this a better world, a world with more justice.
The nomination for the St. Petersburg International Private Law Prize 2020 is open from January 1 till October 15, 2019. The academic works published since January 1, 2015 can be nominated for the Prize. Textbooks and comments can not be nominated for the Prize.
How to apply*:
- 1. Fill in the registration form on the SPBILF website or send by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org the information about the Nomination Organization and the nominated academic work
- 2. Attach the following documents:
*All the rules are mentioned in the Guidelines.
Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Victoria, CanadaMore
Elizabeth Adjin-Tettey is a Professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria in Canada where she has been teaching since 1998. She served as Associate Dean, Administration and Research, 2010 - 2016.
Elizabeth’s teaching and research interests are in Torts; Remedies; and Insurance. She has published several articles and book chapters on these topics. She is co-author (with Cooper-Stephenson) of Personal Injury Damages in Canada, 3rd ed. (Thomson Reuters, 2018); (with Jamie Cassels) Remedies: The Law of Damages (Irwin Law); and Berryman et al, Remedies: Cases and Materials, 7th ed. (Emond Montgomery, 2016). She revised the Canadian Encyclopedic Digest, Insurance (Carswell, 2016).
Professor, Department of Civil Law, Faculty of Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Professor, Alexeev Private Law Research Centre under the President of the Russian FederationMore
Professor, Department of International Private Law, Russian School of Private Law.
Arbitrator of the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Arbitration at the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Arbitration Commission at MICEX-RTS (Russian stock exchange), Arbitration at the Association of Russian Banks, Arbitration Centre at the National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has taken part in the international arbitration proceedings under the Rules of UNCITRAL, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Vienna International Arbitral Centre (VIAC), Arbitration Institute at the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (SCC).
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb), member of the Expert Council at the Arbitration Commission of the Russian National ICC Committee, member of the LCIA European Users’ Council.
Member of the Working Group at the Council for codification and improvement of the Russian civil legislation (section “International Private Law”), member of the Working Group responsible for drafting new edition of the ICAC Rules.
Member of the Editorial Board of the journal “International Commercial Arbitration Review”.
He has a broad experience of acting as an expert on Russian law in foreign courts and international commercial arbitration.
Area of research: international private law, including issues of international civil procedure and international commercial arbitration, corporate law and contract law.
Director emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, GermanyMore
In 1997-2017, he was Director of Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, and professor at the University of Hamburg. Prior to that, he was professor at the University of Augsburg and Free University of Berlin. He has been a visiting professor at numerous universities all over the world.
He is, inter alia, Titular Member and was Secretary General (2006- 2014) of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Member of the Advisory Board of the German Society of International Law, Member of the American Law Institute, Foreign Director of the Institute of International Law of the Sea and Maritime Law, School of Law, Shandong University, China.
He has been awarded honorary doctorate by the University of Stockholm, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Kyushu University in Fukuoka, Université Panthéon Assas – Paris II. He is Honorary professor at Xi'an Jiaotong University and Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
He pursues research on a wide-ranging set of topics relating to private international law, European private and economic law, competition law, transport law, insurance law.
I want to promote excellent research beyond the qualification works by awarding this Prize
Emeritus Professor of Comparative Law, Faculty of Law, Sapienza University of Rome, ItalyMore
"He is also former Director of the Institute of Comparative Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Rome I ""La Sapienza"" and former Director of the Center for Foreign and Comparative Law Studies, Rome.
He has been Consultant at the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Rome, since 1978. He is Founding Member of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and Editor in chief of the database UNILEX - International Case Law & Bibliography on the UN Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG) and the UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts. He was also Representative of Italy to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in 1980-2000.
Professor Bonell is Titular Member of the International Academy of Comparative Law, Member of The American Law Institute, Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Science. He has been awarded doctor honoris causa degree by University of Louvain-La-Neuve and University of Basel.
He pursues research on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods and UNIDROIT Principles of International Commercial Contracts.
I feel much honored to have been invited to participate in the Expert Committee
I suppose these features make the work elidgible for the short list : transcending national boundaries, scientific rigor, originality of approach and, last but not least, the use of the English language
Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science of the University of Montpellier, FranceMore
He joined the University of Montpellier, where he teaches civil law and comparative private law, in 1991. In 1994-1998, he was professor at the University of University of Reunion Island.
Professor Cabrillac is the head of private law section at his University. He is a renowned specialist in contract law, both in France and abroad. He is also an internationally recognized expert on codification and recodification of civil law. He is the author of numerous publications on codification and contract law. His monograph devoted to codification (“Les codifications”), was translated in several languages and published abroad. He is a frequent speaker at conferences in France and abroad.
Civil law, comparative law, theory of law (codification).
I think that it is important for the expert committee to have academics from many countries
There is no Nobel Prize for law and I hope that St Petersburg Law prize will become this prize
Aída Kemelmajer de Carlucci
Member of the National Academies of Law and Science of Buenos Aires and Córdoba, Argentina
FBA, QC (hon), Professor of Law and Legal Philosophy (Emeritus), University of Oxford, Biolchini Family Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame du Lac, The UKMore
Known for his work in moral, political and legal theory, as well as constitutional law, he joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty in 1995. At The University of Oxford he held the positions of lecturer, reader and a chaired professor in law for over four decades until 2010. In addition, he served as associate in law at the University of California at Berkeley (1965-66), as professor of law at the University of Malawi (Africa) (1976-78), and as the Huber Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the Boston College Law School (1993-94). He is admitted to the English Bar (Gray’s Inn).
He teaches courses in Jurisprudence, in the Social, Political and Legal Theory of Thomas Aquinas and in the Social, Political and Legal Theory of Shakespeare.
His service has included the Linacre [now the Anscombe] Centre for Health Care Ethics (governor since 1981), the Catholic Bishops’ Joint Committee on Bioethical Issues (1981-88), the International Theological Commission (1986-92), the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1990-95), and the Pontifical Academy Pro Vita (2001-present). He has published widely in law, legal theory, moral and political philosophy, moral theology, and the history of the late Elizabethan era. He is an adjunct Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Notre Dame.
Of Counsel Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Past President of International Bar Association and President of the Japan Association of ArbitratorsMore
Akira Kawamura is a partner at Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, and has an extensive general corporate and litigation practice with numerous large multinational domestic and foreign clients. He specializes in corporate, M&A, intellectual property, international trade, entertainment, publication, energy and real property law. He is a corporate auditor and board member of a number of Japanese companies, and is also an experienced arbitrator/mediator. He is also an influential member of the Japanese Bar, having served as Executive Vice President of the Dai-ni Tokyo Bar Association, Executive Director of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (Nichibenren) and Chairman of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations' Foreign Lawyers and International Legal Practice Committee. He was a Visiting Professor at Kyoto University's Faculty of Law.
The SPBILF's Private Law Prize is an excellent, unique and ambitious idea, which I am keen to support
Unique and creative works of the lawyers should be given proper applauds from the world
I further think that short list’s works should give the world real betterment in view of human societies
Former First President of the Court of Cassation of FranceMore
He is a French judge who was appointed to the highest judicial function of the French judiciary in 2007 and retired in 2014.
Prior to the appointment as First President of the Court of Cassation he worked as a judge and was, inter alia, the President of the Bordeaux Court, first President of Court of Appeal of Rouen and of the Court of Appeal of Versailles.
In 1977-1994, he was a lecturer at the University Paris II-Panthéon Assas.
In 2002 – 2006, he was a member of the SuperiorJjudiciary Council.
He is chevalier of the order of the Legion of Honor and of the National Order of Merit
He pursues research on a wide-ranging set of topics relating to procedural law and the role of the judge.
Claudia Lima Marques
Professor, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil
Professor of Tort Law and Deputy Head of School, University of Bristol, The UKMore
He joined the University of Bristol Law School in 2006 and was appointed Professor of Tort Law in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, while on extended leave from the Law School, he was Director of the Institute for European Tort Law in the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He previously held faculty positions at King’s College London (1988-99) and Cardiff University (1999-2006).
He is a member of the European Group on Tort Law (and leading its current project on public authority liability), the European Law Institute, and the American Law Institute (for which he is currently an Adviser on the Restatement Third of Torts: Economic Harm).
He pursues research on a wide-ranging set of topics relating to English, European and comparative tort law, and compensation for incapacity.
It was an honour to be invited to be a member of the prize jury, and the opportunity to acquaint myself with excellent private law scholarship from around the world was too good to miss
A Nobel Prize for Law would be fitting recognition of the original, innovative and significant research being done today by many, many legal scholars around the world
Professor of Private International and Transnational Law at the Maastricht University, Professor of Law at University of Antwerp, The NetherlandsMore
She joined the Faculty of Law of the Maastricht University in 2018 and she is a part-time professor in Antwerp. From 2002 to 2008, she taught private international law, international and comparative procedural law and law of the World Trade Organization as a full-time tenured professor at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Between 2008 and 2017, she served as Secretary and then as First Secretary of the Hague Conference, combining the coordination of legislative and judiciary activities in the fields of international commercial and international procedural law with the supervision of negotiations on new treaties.
Since 2003, she has been a Member of the Groupe belge de Droit International Privé, which assisted with the development and assessment of the Belgian Code on Private International Law. In addition, Ms Pertegás worked as an ad hoc Consultant for the DG Justice and Home Affairs of the European Commission in relation to the Green Paper on Succession.
Marta Pertegás possesses an extensive knowledge of private international law and is a renowned expert in this field.
She pursues research on different aspects of international commercial law and international procedural law, intellectual property law, international family law.
I am a strong supporter of this initiative and really hope that it will keep attracting lawyers from diverse jurisdictions
It is a true honour and pleasure to work with some of the most eminent experts in the area of private international law in the world and I am humbled to have this opportunity of discussing selection process and submissions with them
The prize winners contribute to the advancement of the law as a scientific discipline
Enrico del Prato
Full Professor of Civil Law, Sapienza University of Rome, ItalyMore
Enrico del Prato (Rome, 1960) is a full professor of Private law at Sapienza University of Rome Law School, Dean of Law Department and member of the University Research Commission.
He is scientific supervisor of the Erasmus programme.
From 2002 to 2013, he taught Private and Civil law at Roma Tre University’s Political Science Department and, from 1992 to 2002, Civil law, Private law, and Family law at the University of Macerata Law School, where he was the Director of the Institute of Legal Exercises and the PhD program in Contract law.
He has participated in numerous inter-university research projects and PhDs and has lectured at many conferences in Italy and abroad, too numerous to mention.
He is Co-director of the following journals: Rivista Italiana per le Scienze Giuridiche and Annali della Società Italiana degli Studiosi del Diritto Civile.
He is a member of the scientific committees of the following journals: Giustizia civile, La nuova giurisprudenza civile commentata, Le nuove leggi civili commentate, Questioni di diritto di famiglia, Rivista di diritto privato, Rivista di biodiritto.
He is referee for different journals and book series. He is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Collecciòn Observatorio de Derecho Civil (Peru).
He was a part of the commissions nominated by the Minister of Justice to reform the judicial system and the Code of Navigation (1994-95) and to implement the legislative decree to reform Company law (2001-03).
He was visiting professor at Hunan University, Changsha, China, (2011) and at Columbia University Law School, New York (2014).
He is member of the Specialist Commission of the Italian National Research Committee for generation, management and development of intellectual property rights in the C.N.R. (Italian National Research Committee).
He is member of the Sport Guarantee Commission of the C.O.N.I. (Italian National Olympic Committee).
He is Section President of the Film Review Commission.
A member of the Roman Bar since 1986, he is an appeals attorney.
He is author of eleven books and more than one hundred articles.
The prize is an important initiative and it is appropriate that an italian jurist gives his contribution
"Law is as necessary as literature or economy
The Prize work must be a work on general issues which can be useful everywhere and not only in a country or in a specific sector
Professor in the Department of Private Law at the University of Pretoria, South Africa
Honorary professor of Civil Law and Civil Procedure, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
Jay L. Westbrook
Benno C. Schmidt Chair Of Business Law, School of Law, The University of Texas at Austin, The USMore
"He joined the University of Texas in Austin in 1980 and is now Benno C. Schmidt Chair of Business Law. Prior to this he practiced bankruptcy law, commercial law and international business litigation in all these areas for more than a decade with Surrey & Morse (now part of Jones, Day) in Washington, D.C., where he was a partner.
He has been Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School and the University of London, and is a member of the American Law Institute, the National Bankruptcy Conference, and the American College of Bankruptcy. He serves as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He was the United States Reporter for the American Law Institute's Transnational Insolvency Project and co-head of the United States delegation to the UN (UNCITRAL) conference that created the Model Law on Cross-Border Insolvency. He is an emeritus director of the International Insolvency Institute and a director and former President of the International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law. He has been the recipient of outstanding contribution awards from the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, the International Insolvency Institute, and the American College of Bankruptcy. He has twice been named the Outstanding Teacher at the University of Texas School of Law.
He pursues research on a wide-ranging set of topics relating to bankruptcy law, commercial law and international business litigation.
Works nominated for the Prize would include dealing with an important subject, careful and rigorous research, clear analysis and presentation, and balance and objectivity showing the considerations on each side of a legal problem
- Jeremias Prassl