The medal ceremony took place during the American Society of International Law (ASIL) 14th Annual Meeting
On 25 June 2020, Professor Wolfrum, one of the Foundation’s Managing Directors, “virtually” received the award during the opening address at the ASIL event which, due to the current situation, took place online.
After a commemorative introduction by Catherine Amirfar, President of ASIL, Professor Wolfrum made an acceptance speech, expressing his honour and pride on being awarded this prestigious medal. He is the second German to have received the prize.
The honoury panel in the laudation included Edith Brown Weiss from Georgetown University Law Center, the 2010 Hudson Medal recipient and an honorary doctorate from University of Heidelberg; Catherine Amirfar; Mark David Agrast, Executive Vice President and Executive Director of ASIL; and Paul S Reichler, Partner at Foley Hoag LLP.
Professor Wolfrum then gave a keynote address entitled “The Normativity of Public International Law Reconsidered” and the session concluded with a discussion with Edith Brown Weiss.
The Hudson Medal is the most prestigious prize in international law and is awarded to a distinguished person for outstanding contributions to scholarship and achievement in international law. ASIL bestows this honour annually to commemorate the life work of Manley O. Hudson. For more information about this prestigious award and previous winners, please check the ASIL website.
Professor Wolfrum also spoke at the Breakout Session “Addressing the Law of the Sea Challenges to Sea-Level Rise” on 26 June – he was joined by fellow panelists, Alfred Soons, Utrecht University, Patrícia Galvão Teles, Autonomous University of Lisbon, Nilufer Oral, Centre for International Law, NUS Singapore and Filimon Manoni, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.