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Professor Christine Chinkin awarded 2006 Goler T Butcher Medal

WASHINGTON DC - Christine Chinkin|, professor of international law at LSE, has been jointly awarded the American Society of International Law (ASIL)'s 2006 Goler T Butcher Medal. Professor Chinkin shares the award with Professor Hilary Charlesworth of the Australian National University.

The award, announced today (Thursday 17 November), is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development or effective realisation of international human rights law.

'Professors Chinkin and Charlesworth were excellent choices for the Butcher Medal. The book they co-authored in 2000, The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis, is an important contribution to the public policy debate on the status of women regarding human rights and international law. This award is an appropriate, well-deserved recognition of their work, and on behalf of the entire ASIL membership, I congratulate them both,' said Charlotte Ku, ASIL executive director.

The Boundaries of International Law: a feminist analysis, takes a critical look at how and why the development of international law has often failed to address the needs of women. The book cites such root causes as the lack of women in positions of power at the state and international level and advocates that the boundaries of international law be redrawn to correct those failures and create more equitable status and treatment of women in society. The book received an ASIL Certificate of Merit in 2001.

Christine Chinkin is a professor of international law at the London School of Economics and Political Science and an overseas affiliated faculty member with the University of Michigan's School of Law. She has been a consultant, often on women's human rights, to a number of international organisations such as the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), the Asian Development Bank, the Commonwealth Secretariat, Amnesty International, the British Council, the International Center for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS), the UN Division of the Advancement of Women, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Professor Chinkin's books include Third Parties in International Law (1993), Halsbury's Laws of Australia, Foreign Relations Law (2nd edition, 2001), and Dispute Resolution in Australia (2nd edition, 2002), which she co-authored with Professor Hilary Astor.

Hilary Charlesworth is a professor of international law and human rights in the Research School of Social Sciences and in the Faculty of Law at The Australian National University. She chaired the Australian Capital Territory's Bill of Rights Consultative Committee (2002-03) whose report set out a blueprint for Australia's first bill of rights (ACT Human Rights Act 2004). Both she and Christine Chinkin serve on the Board of Editors of the distinguished American Journal of International Law, published by ASIL.

ASIL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational membership organisation. It's mission is to foster the study of international law and to promote the establishment and maintenance of international relations on the basis of law and justice. The Society's 4,000 members (from nearly 100 countries) comprise attorneys, academics, corporate counsel, judges, representatives of governments and nongovernmental organisations, international civil servants, students, and those interested in international law. For more information, see http://www.asil.org/| 

17 November 2005