CCIL Awards for Excellence in Scholarship

To recognize the work of Canadian scholars of international law, each year, the CCIL conducts a competition for scholarly books or for scholarly papers that make a substantial contribution to the international law literature.​

CCIL Scholarly Book Award

The Scholarly Book Award is conducted every two years for scholarly books that make a substantial contribution to the international law literature.​


Any member of CCIL may submit a book published during the two calendar years prior to the year of the award. Thus, books eligible for the 2022 award will be published in 2020 or 2021. 


  • The same book may not be submitted more than once. Co-authored books may be submitted if the primary author is eligible to submit a book. The committee will only accept one book per author.  Edited or coedited books will not be accepted.  Dissertations published as a book are accepted.

  • If the selection committee determines that none of the submitted books in a competition makes a substantial contribution to the international law literature, it may decline to select any book for the Award. The selection committee may use its own discretion in making these determinations and the decisions of the selection committee are final.

  • Any award will be made at the CCIL Annual Conference in Fall 2022.

All submissions must be made by 1 May 2022.


Mail five (5) copies of the book to:

CCIL Scholarly Book Award 2022

c/o Intertask Conferences
275 Bay Street, Ottawa, ON  K1R 5Z5 Canada

(Deliver to downstairs reception)

If you are shipping from outside Canada, please ensure that you

authorize to be billed for any import duty as the CCIL will not assume costs.

* Ensure your CCIL membership is up to date at the time of your submission.

For any questions, please contact at: with the subject line: CCIL Scholarly Book Award Submission.

CCIL Scholarly Book Award Recipients
2020 Scholarly Book Award Recipient

The CCIL is pleased to announce that Professor Adelle Blackett has been selected as the 2020 recipient of the CCIL Scholarly Book Award for her book “Everyday Transgressions: Domestic Workers’ Transnational Challenge to International Labor Law”.


The Scholarly Book Award recognizes the work of Canadian scholars of international law, and specifically scholarly books that make a substantial contribution to the international law literature.

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Professor Blackett’s book is an eloquent narrative on a novel subject. The author’s unique perspective of the story behind the creation of the ILO’s Decent Work for Domestic Workers Convention No. 189 and Recommendation No. 201 brings an innovative approach to the book. The book’s originality and rigorous discussion of a timely topic made a substantial contribution to the international law literature. The book demonstrates the role played by cross-border movements within and beyond international institutions in the making of new rules of international law; specifically, in this case, the development of the Domestic Workers Convention within the International Labour Organization.

Adelle Blackett, Ad. E., F.R.S.C., is a Professor of Law and the Canada Research Chair in Transnational Labour Law and Development at the Faculty of Law, McGill University. Read more...

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In addition, Professor Patrick Dumberry’s book “A Guide to State Succession in International Investment Law” has been selected as the runner-up in acknowledgement of high technical mastery in a novel area of scholarship, and specifically: its utility for arbitration practitioners, the wealth of sources it draws upon and provides to the reader, and the expert analysis contained within a study, bringing together the law on state succession and the law on foreign investment.

Patrick Dumberry is Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law (Civil Law Section). Read more...