DILA Prize for Young Asian International Legal Scholars


The Sata Foundation continues to promote international rules of law in Asia by awarding annually the Sata Prize, renamed DILA Prize since 2011, valued at US$2,000, for the best international law essays by young Asian international legal scholars. The winning essays are published in the Asian Yearbook of International Law, under the auspices of the Foundation for the Development of International Law in Asia (DILA) [http://www.dilafoundation.org]. The Asian Yearbook informs the world about Asian perspectives on international law that underpins world peace and the international legal order. The Prize thus serves to enhance the “understanding among peoples of all cultures, religions and beliefs of the value of peace and respect for universally recognized human rights”, which is part of the Sata Foundation's Mission Statement.


The winner of the DILA Prize for the 2014 Asian Yearbook (published in 2017) is Dr. Matthew Seet of the National University of Singapore for his article entitled "China’s Suspended Death Sentence with a Two-Year Reprieve: Humanitarian Reprieve or Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Punishment?".

Year Winner and Winning-paper
2013
Professor Tom Temprosa from the Philippines for his article entitled "Reflections on a Legal Confluence: International Law in the Philippine Court, 1940-2000".
2012
Professor Jaclyn Neo of the National University of Singapore for her article entitled "Incorporating Human Rights: Mitigated Dualism and Interpretation in Malaysian Courts".
2011
The Prize was not awarded.
2010
Mr. Prabhakar Singh, President’s Graduate Fellow and Associate, Centre for International Law, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, for his article entitled “Why Wield Constitutions to Arrest International Law”.
2009
Mr. Ghanbari Amirhandeh from Iran for his article entitled “An Examination of the Plea of Self-Defence vis-a-vis Non State Actors”.
2008
The Prize was not awarded.
2007
Dr. Zhu Lijiang, Lecturer, Faculty of International Law,
China University of Political Science & Law, PRC,
for his article entitled “Some Asian States’ Opposition to the Concept of War Crimes in Non-International Armed Conflicts and Its Legal Implications”.
2005
The Prize was jointly awarded to
Ms. Naazima Kamardeen, Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, for her article entitled “The Erosion of Community Rights to Intellectual Property: An Asian Perspective” &
Mr. Jaemin Lee, Associate Professor, College of Law, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea, for his article entitled “The United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice: Cooperation, Co-Existence, and Co-Involvement”.
2004
Mr. Abraham Mohit, an LLB final year student at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata, India, for his article entitled “The Customary Law of International Abductions: Limits and Boundaries”.
2003
Ms. Takhmina Karimova from Tajikistan, an LL.M. student at Essex University in the U.K., for her article entitled “Universal Permissive Jurisdiction for the Violation of Common Article 3 to the Geneva Conventions for the Protection of the Victims of War of 12 August 1949”.


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