John E. Read Medal

The John E. Read Medal is awarded by the CCIL to commemorate the life and work of John Erskine Read, Q.C., a distinguished Canadian lawyer and the only Canadian judge elected to the International Court of Justice. The Read Medal is awarded to Canadians who have made a distinguished contribution to international law and organizations and to non-Canadians who have made an outstanding contribution to international law and organizations in fields of special interest to Canada.

John E. Read was the first recipient of the Medal. He was a Rhodes Scholar and a Professor and Dean of Law at Dalhousie University in the 1920s. He served as the first Legal Advisor of the Department of External Affairs and rose to be Deputy UnderSecretary of State (1928-46). Professor Read was a major contributor to the doctrine of the divisibility of the Crown and seized on opportunities to extend Canada’s legal independence.


Professor Read was an expert in constitutional and international law and wrote “The Origins and Nature of the Law” (1955) and “The Rule of Law on the International Plane” (1961). He served as a Judge of the International Court of Justice at The Hague (1946-58). 

Hugh Kindred

2019 Recipient: Professor Hugh Kindred

Hugh Kindred is Professor of Law Emeritus at Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia where he taught International Law and Trade, Commercial and Consumer Law, and Maritime Law. He was the leading editor and co-author of five editions of International Law Chiefly as Interpreted and Applied in Canada (1987-2014), now in a 9th edition (2019) named in his honour, and co-author of Law Beyond Borders: Extraterritorial Jurisdiction in an Age of Globalization (2014). Other publications disclose his particular interest and expertise in the relationship between international and Canadian law.

In the maritime law field Hugh is co-author of Marine Cargo Claims (1990), Multimodal Transport Rules (1997) and two editions of Canadian Maritime Law (2003, 2016), which was co-winner of the Walter Owen Book  Prize of the Canadian Bar Association in 2005 and has been cited widely by Canadian courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He also served as Senior Legal Officer in the Shipping Division of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. In 2003 Professor Kindred was honoured by the Canadian Association of Law teachers with its Award of Academic Excellence.