UCL Faculty of Laws


Dr Danae Azaria awarded world renowned Paul Guggenheim Prize in Public International Law

19 June 2017

Dr Danae Azaria, Lecturer at UCL Laws, has been awarded (jointly) the prestigious Paul Guggenheim Prize in International Law for her monograph ‘Treaties on Transit of Energy via Pipelines and Countermeasures’, published by Oxford University Press (2015) and featuring in the series Oxford Monographs in International Law.

The Paul Guggenheim Prize was created in 1980 by the Paul Guggenheim Foundation in honour of the Swiss International Law Professor, Paul Guggenheim. The Paul Guggenheim Prize (of CHF 15 000) is awarded every two years to a work of public international law of outstanding importance and quality, which is the first major work of its author.

Dr Azaria’s monograph analyses the relationship between treaties providing for energy transit and countermeasures under the law of international responsibility. It examines the obligations governing energy transit in the WTO Agreement, the Energy Charter Treaty, and sixteen bespoke pipeline treaties, and puts them in the context of international dispute settlement and state responsibility.

A member of the jury commented about Dr Azaria’s monograph:

‘The book of Danae Azaria makes a genuine, real, impressive contribution for finding solutions to practical problems arising in the interconnected world of modern international law.’

Dr Azaria said:

‘I am deeply honoured to receive this award for my monograph. The purpose of writing this monograph has been to bring to the attention of public international lawyers an area that is underexplored from the point of view of public international law and which can test the effectiveness and limits of public international law methods of law-making and enforcement. It was intended to open a debate among public international lawyers about this area and I am proud to have achieved that aim.’

Professor Roger O’Keefe, Professor of Public International Law at UCL Law, said:

‘The Guggenheim Prize is the highest accolade that can be paid to a young international lawyer worldwide and a fabulous achievement for Danae – although one that will come as no surprise to students and colleagues familiar with her rigorous and creative scholarship.’

The award ceremony will take place on 11 July 2017, at the Graduate Institute in Geneva, in the presence of the President of the Paul Guggenheim Foundation, Professor Lucius Caflisch. The jury includes members of the Institut de Droit International and was chaired by Professor Bernard Dutoit. Members of the jury included: Frédérique Coulée, Pierre-Marie Dupuy, Gerhard Hafner, Charles-Edouard Held, Motjaba Kazazi, José Antonio Pastor Ridruejo, Linos-Alexandre Sicilianos and Daniel Thürer.

Read more about the Paul Guggenheim Prize