International law
in the XXI century
International and Comparative Law Research Center is the organizer of the International Law in the XXI Century Award for the best research paper on public international law
300,000 RUB


We are happy to announce the seventh annual International Law in the XXI Century Award for the best research paper on public international law.

The Competition is conducted in accordance with the Regulations of the Competition and the Submission Rules as well as the established practice.

A group of Russian experts in public international law, including Vladlen Vereschetin, Roman Kolodkin, Sergey Punzhin, Leonid Skotnikov, Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov, and Aleksandr Khodakov, came up with the idea of establishing the Award.

The Competition is held annually. It seeks to promote and foster in-depth research in public international law and support original research within the field.

Key requirements for the research papers and contestants

Research papers can be submitted either in Russian or English and should address any public international law issue.

The research papers accepted for participation in the Competition shall be:
  • prepared by one author;
  • not published previously, or published no earlier than January 1, 2020;
  • of 1-2 author’s sheets (40 000-80 000 characters);
  • not submitted to the Competition previously (it is not recommended to submit papers substantially repeating those that were previously submitted to the Competition).

Only citizens of the Russian Federation under 35 years old, who completed higher legal education in law and/or hold a postgraduate degree in law, are eligible to take part in the Competition.

Please, note that plagiarism is unacceptable. The Organizer checks the research papers for plagiarism, including by using special automated systems. The Council of the Award will be informed about cases of plagiarism and incorrect citation.

The award

The winner receives the International Law in the XXI Century Award, a diploma, and a prize of 300,000 RUB.
The winning papers of the previous contests can be found here The winner’s paper will be published in the International Justice Journal.

Contacts regarding the Competition:

+7 (495) 640-65-65


The International and Comparative Law Research Center organizes the competition with the support of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum and Ivanyan & Partners law firm. The Informational partner is International Justice Journal.