The Paul Reuter Fund was created in 1983 thanks to a donation made to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) by the late Paul Reuter, Honorary Professor at the University of Paris and member of the Institut de Droit International. The Fund’s purpose is twofold: to contribute financially to an undertaking in the field of International Humanitarian Law (e.g. the publication of a book), and to finance the Paul Reuter Prize.

The Paul Reuter Prize, in the amount of 5,000 Swiss francs, is generally awarded every three years for a major work in the sphere of International Humanitarian Law.

The Prize will be awarded for the eleventh time in 2016.

The Prize has been awarded nine times so far, to the following authors: Dr. Mohammed El Kouhène (1985), Dr. Heather A. Wilson (1988), Dr. Edward K. Kwakwa and Mr. Alejandro Valencia Villa (1991), Prof. Eric David (1994), Prof. Geoffrey Best and Major General A.P.V. Rogers (1997), Dr. Ilias Bantekas (2000), Prof. Ruth Abril Stoffels (2003), Dr. Marten Zwanenburg (2006), Dr. Théo Boutruche (2009) and to Prof. Sandesh Siwakumaran (2012).

Under the Regulations of the Paul Reuter Prize, any work submitted must fulfil the following conditions:

  • its aim must be to enhance knowledge or understanding of international humanitarian law;
  • it must either be unpublished or have been published since the closing date for submissions for the most recent award of the Prize (30 November 2011);
  • it must be written in English, French or Spanish.

Applications must include:

  • a brief curriculum vitae;
  • a list of the applicant’s publications;
  • three unabridged copies of the work submitted.

Authors who meet the above requirements may send their applications no later than 31 December 2015.

Applications for the Paul Reuter Prize or requests for financial support of an undertaking in the field of International Humanitarian Law should be sent to:

Chairman of the Committee of the Paul Reuter Fund
International Committee of the Red Cross
c/o Legal Division
19, Avenue de la Paix
1202 Geneva


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