August & Debouzy and the Club des Juristes (Lawyer’s Circle) are pleased to announce the name of the laureate of the second edition of the Olivier Debouzy prize: Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer. Philosopher and lawyer, he is a researcher of international law at the McGill University Law faculty in Montreal.
Rewarded for his book ”War in the name of humanity” (La guerre au nom de l'humanité), published by PUF and with a preface by former foreign minister Hubert Védrine, the author becomes the “2012 legal ideas agitator”.
This book was notably selected by the Jury for how it deals with the right and duty to intervene, that can be resumed as follows: would it be possible to imagine a completely disinterested conflict in the name of humanity?
Approximately forty candidacies were examined by the Jury this year, on a wide variety of subjects (law and cinema, human rights, artistic property, philosophy, women and justice…) dealt with via very different mediums (blogs, theses, books, articles, student newspapers…).
Deliberations were held at the Conseil Constitutionnel on June 12, 2012.
This prize rewards, just as it did the book chosen this year, an original, impertinent and free vision of a legal topic.
Guy Carcassonne, public law professor at the Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense university and Chairman of the jury of the Olivier Debouzy prize, underlined “the quality and pertinence of the candidacies put forward, which made the role we played extremely difficult and our choice a very delicate one. Two criteria made the difference: the importance of the subject, a topic at the heart of current affairs and concerns, and the very original manner to deal with said subject by using a pluridisciplinary approach.”
About the author:
Jean-Baptiste Jeangène Vilmer, philosopher and lawyer, is a researcher of international law at the McGill University Law faculty in Montreal (Canada). Author of a dozen books, of which “Réparer l’irréparable” (PUF, 2009) and ”Pas de paix sans justice?” (Presses de Sciences Po, 2011), he lectured on the theory of international relations, ethics and laws of war at the Department of War studies, King’s College, London. The book “La guerre au nom de l’humanité” is the adaptation of his PhD thesis, which received three prizes in France and Canada, including the 2010 Aguirre-Basualdo prize in law and political science from the Paris Chancellery.