Le Prix de la SEDI 2016 a été décerné au Dr Arnulf Becker Lorca (Visiting  Assistant Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College and Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights at the University of Helsinki) pour son livre intitulé Mestizo International Law: A Global Intellectual History 1842-1933, publié en janvier 2015 par Cambridge University Press.

Les plus grands éditeurs en matière de droit international ont soumis un grand nombre de livres publiés en 2015 au jury décernant le prix de la SEDI. Le jury était composé de Mariano J. Aznar-Gómez (University Jaume I, Castelló), Pavel Šturma (Charles University in Prague) and Christina Voigt (University of Oslo).

Le prix a été octroyé à l’unanimité par les membres du jury au livre du Dr Becker Lorca.

Le jury a expliqué son choix ainsi :

”Although we received a number of books of high quality, we voted for this book which meets the criterion of excellent work. The author uses a wide array of primary and secondary sources, and these sources are not limited to works in English, but also include works in French, Spanish, German, and so on. While discussing the question from an historical perspective, the book offers a very interesting discourse on the current situation. The author shows the contribution of the ‘semi-peripheric’ lawyers (those other than European and American lawyers) to the development of international law in the 19th and the first part of the 20th centuries. It fills a gap by analysing the ‘centre-periphery’ discourse which is still present in international law scholarship. Consequently, Dr. Becker Lorca´s book offers new paths for future analysis of the discourse about international law in the contemporary epoch”

Il a été remis lors du dîner de gala de la 12ème Conférence annuelle de la SEDI à Riga en septembre 2016.