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The International Association of Penal Law together with the Siracusa International Institute for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, are launching the call for nominations to the “2019 M.Cherif Bassiouni Siracusa Prize”, that will be awarded on the occasion of the XXth International Congress of Penal Law, to be held in November 13-16, 2019, at Rome (Italy).


The Siracusa Prize was established in 2009 in order to grant the work (an individual monography, published as a book with ISBN) of a Young Penalist, member of the AIDP-IAPL, which constitutes an original contribution of great scientific value in penal law and which has been published the first time within the last 5 years.


All AIDP-IAPL members are invited to send proposals by email before 30 November 2018, to the President of the Jury: Stephen C. Thaman ( The proposal should:

- clearly identify the author, who must be a Young Penalist of the AIDP-IAPL, as well as the nature, main features of the work, and other relevant information concerning the publication;

- contain a copy of the table of contents/the summary, the introduction and the conclusions, and a short comment (max. 1 page) in English, French or Spanish, on the contents and main scientific contribution of the proposed work;

- indicate, if it was submitted to an academic evaluation, the nature of the evaluation and the mark obtained.


Authors who already have a worldwide reputation such as members of the Board of Directors and of the Executive Committee of the AIDP as well as members of the Board of the Siracusa International Institute are not allowed to candidate


Before 1 January 2019, the jury shall establish the list of works to be considered. The authors will be invited to send before March 1, 2019, an electronic copy and five paper copies of their work to the President of the Jury.


The Jury shall deliver its decision by simple majority voting. The decision of the jury shall be final and no appeal is permissible against it. Should the jury conclude that none of the works merits the award, the Siracusa price will not be granted. The jury may award one or more work with exceptional distinction if they are of special scientific value.