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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 Paper Award

The CCIL Scholarly Paper Award is conducted every two years for scholarly papers that make a substantial contribution to the international law literature.

2023 Winner to be announced soon.

Next Award:  2025 (submissions will open in February 2025)

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Any member of CCIL* may submit a paper published in a law review or other academic journal during the two calendar years prior to the year of the award. Thus, papers eligible for the 2023 award will be published in 2021 or 2022.

The same paper may not be submitted more than once. Co-authored papers may be submitted if the primary author is eligible to submit a paper. Copyright in any paper submitted remains the property of the author(s) or the publisher. The committee will only accept one paper per author. Papers longer than 60 pages in length are not normally considered.


If the selection committee determines that none of the submitted papers in the competition makes a substantial contribution to the international law literature, it may decline to select any paper 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 2023.

Manuscripts must be submitted electronically no later than May 1, 2023



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

2021 Scholarly Paper Award Winners

The Canadian Council on International Law is pleased to announce Penelope Simons & Melisa Handl as the 2021 recipients of the CCIL Scholarly Paper Award for their co-authored paper entitled: “Relations of Ruling: A Feminist Critique of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and Violence against Women in the Context of Resource Extraction”.   UTP Press


The paper provides a rigorous and innovative analysis of the United Nations Guiding Principles and is a significant contribution to international law scholarship. The paper engages with two different areas of international law, i.e. feminist approach to international law and international human rights law, and enlightens the debate of a cutting-edge topic in the field, from an innovative theoretical perspective. It also engages critically with the provisions and lacunas of the Guiding Principles. The paper is well written and provides in-depth research and analysis of issues that are both relevant for international law scholarship as well as Canadian law and policy due to its focus on extractive industries. 

Penelope Simons Associate Professor and Vice Dean Research,

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law

Melisa Handl is a PhD candidate

University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law 

2019 Scholarly Paper Award Winners


The CCIL is pleased to announce the following winners of its inaugural Scholarly Paper Award:

Gregory Fox, Kristen Boon and Isaac Jenkins for The Contributions of United Nations Security Council Resolutions to the Law of Non-International Armed Conflict: New Evidence of Customary International Law” (American University Law Review, Vol. 67, p. 649, 2018) 

Joanna Harrington for “The Working Methods of The United Nations Security Council: Maintaining The Implementation of Change” (International & Comparative Law Quarterly, Vol  66, Issue 1, 2017)

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