The International Law in the 21st Century Award

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The winner receives the International Law in the 21st Century Award, a diploma, and a prize of 500,000 ₽.

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.

The Ivanyan and Partners law firm supports the Competition.


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

  1. Research papers can be submitted either in Russian or English and should address one or a few thematic areas specified in Appendix 1 to the Submission Rules .
  2. 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, 2023;
    • 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);
  3. 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.

The winner is selected by the Council of the Award consisting of famous international law experts.

Assessing submitted papers, the Council of the Award takes into account an in-depth of research in a selected subject, novelty and practical value of findings, the quality of analysis of the applicable law, the usage of up-to-date doctrine, the logic and clarity of writing, and the extent to which thesis statements formulated by an author are well-founded and reasoned.

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.

We encourage the contestants to use the resources of the ICLRC Library   to write their papers (email:

Prize winners

Lawyer at Sokolov, Maslov & Partners, student at MGIMO University under Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, member of the MGIMO team at the Leiden Air Law Moot Court International Law Competition. He has a number of publications on the subject of private international law.

Award winning paper Legal Status of the City of Jerusalem under International Law

Associate at Clifford Chance (international arbitration and litigation). Holds an LLB from Lomonosov Moscow State University (2015) and an MJur from the University of Oxford (2016), where he was a Hill scholar and awarded the Volterra Fietta Prize for International Dispute Settlement. In 2018, the London Court of International Arbitration awarded him the Gillis Wetter Memorial Prize for International Arbitration.

Award winning paper The role of equity in the assessment of damages under custom: where are Diallo and the Arctic Sunrise taking the law?

A graduate of the IKBFU
(Kaliningrad) and the
Göttingen (Germany). In 2023,
he successfully defended a
PhD thesis at the University
of Göttingen. Aleksei specializes
in international law and is
experienced in inter-State
litigation (WTO). Currently,
he works at the ICLRC on issues
linked to public international law
and teaches related subjects at
the Higher School of Economics

Award winning paper Economic sanctions and challenge of these in the WTO in the context of the national security exceptions (GATT Article XXI:(b)(iii))

Outstanding works