This list of legal awards is an index to articles related to notable awards for work related to the law, a system of rules that are created and enforced through social or governmental institutions to regulate conduct.[1] The list is organized by country, since contributions are typically to the law of a country rather than to international law, and are made by citizens of that country,


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Country Award Sponsor Given for
Belgium Fernand Collin Prize for Law University Foundation Scientist who makes a significant contribution to law in Belgium[2]
France René Cassin Thesis Prize Fondation René Cassin - Institut international des droits de l'homme Best French-language and English-language dissertations worldwide in legal theory of human rights, international, regional or comparative human rights law. [3]
Germany Helmuth-James-von-Moltke-Preis International Society for Military Law and the Law of War Outstanding judicial works in the field of security policy[4]
Great Britain Yorke Prize University of Cambridge Essay of a University of Cambridge graduate which makes a substantial contribution to its relevant field of legal knowledge[5][6]
Italy Marco Biagi Award International Association of Labour Law Journals Best article concerning comparative and/or international labour or employment law and employment relations [7]
European Union EPLO Thesis Prize Award European Public Law Organization, formerly European Public Law Center Best doctoral or postdoctoral public law thesis characterized by its European dimension [8]
Norway Holberg Prize Government of Norway for outstanding scholarly work in the arts, the humanities, social sciences, law, and theology, either within one of these academic fields alone or through interdisciplinary work[9]
Switzerland JB Scott Prize Institut de Droit International Best dissertation in international law in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish worldwide . [10]
United States Burton Awards for Legal Achievement Burton Foundation, Library of Congress Various categories[11]
United States Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Law Thomas Jefferson Foundation Distinguished contributions in the field of Law[12]
United States American Bar Association Medal American Bar Association Exceptionally distinguished service by a lawyer or lawyers to the cause of American jurisprudence[13][14]
United States Brandeis Award (litigation) Federal Trade Commission Outstanding litigators[15]
United States Brandeis Medal University of Louisville Commitment to the ideals of individual liberty, concern for the disadvantaged and public service[16]
United States Gruber Prize for Justice Gruber Foundation Individuals or organizations for contributions that have advanced the cause of justice as delivered through the legal system[17][18][19][20]
United States Harrison Tweed Award American Bar Association, National Legal Aid & Defender Association Extraordinary achievements of state and local bar associations that develop or significantly expand projects or programs to increase access to civil legal services for poor persons or criminal defense services for indigents[21]
United States Morton A. Brody Distinguished Judicial Service Award Colby College United States federal or state judge who embodies the qualities of integrity, compassion, humanity, and judicial craftsmanship[22]
United States Silver Gavel Award American Bar Association Outstanding work by those who help improve comprehension of jurisprudence in the United States[23][24][25]
United States William O. Douglas Prize National Communication Association Those who contribute to writing about freedom of speech[26]
United States William J. Brennan Award Various awards In honor of William J. Brennan Jr. E.g. Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression;[27] District of Columbia Bar;[28] International Commission of Jurists;[29] Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey;[30] National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law[31]
United States Thomas E. Dewey Medal The New York City Bar Association (City Bar) In honor of Thomas E. Dewey; presented annually to an outstanding assistant district attorney in each of the City’s District Attorney’s offices and in the Office of the City’s Special Narcotics Prosecutor.[32]
United States Best In Law Award Best In Law Honors those who exhibit unparalleled dedication to their clients, innovative legal strategies, and an unwavering commitment to upholding the principles of justice..[33]
United States Lawyers of Distinction Lawyers of Distinction Is awarded to attorneys for their excellence and achievements in the legal field based on a rigorous review process that considers factors such as professional experience, case outcomes, and peer recommendations. Attorneys who meet the organization's criteria are recognized as Lawyers of Distinction and are provided with a platform to showcase their accomplishments.[34]

See also


  1. ^ Robertson, Geoffrey (2006). Crimes Against Humanity. Penguin. p. 90. ISBN 978-0-14-102463-9.
  2. ^ Fernand Collin-prijs voor Recht, Fondation Universitaire, archived from the original on 2006-05-23, retrieved 2020-01-30
  3. ^ René Cassin Thesis Prize, International Institute o f Human Rights, retrieved 2020-01-30
  4. ^ Helmuth-James-von-Moltke-Preis, DGWHV, retrieved 2020-01-30
  5. ^ Cambridge University Faculty of Law Funding Opportunities Archived 9 April 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Cambridge University Reporter 11 November 2005
  7. ^ Marco Biagi Award, International Association of Labour Law Journals, retrieved 2020-01-30
  8. ^ Thesis Prize Award, EPLO, retrieved 2018-04-30
  9. ^ Holbergprisen, Holbergprisen - Universitetet i Bergen, retrieved 2020-01-31
  10. ^ Prix JB Scott, Institut de Droit International, retrieved 2021-09-11
  11. ^ The Burton Awards : The Premier Program in Law, Burton Awards, retrieved 2020-01-31
  12. ^ Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medals, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, retrieved 2020-01-31
  13. ^ "2014 ABA Medal to honor retired Gen. Earl E. Anderson". American Bar Association. July 2014. Retrieved 2016-01-11.
  14. ^ "The American Bar Association Medal". ABA Journal. 39: 697–700. August 1953.
  15. ^ Commission, United States. Federal Trade (1998), "Section 450", Federal Trade Commission Administrative Manual, The Commission, p. 450.10, retrieved 2020-01-31
  16. ^ Howard Baker to receive U of L's Brandeis Medal, University of Louisville, March 14, 2005, archived from the original on 2006-09-02, retrieved 2020-01-31
  17. ^ Yale and Patricia and Peter Gruber Announce Establishment of the Gruber Foundation at Yale
  18. ^ The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation
  19. ^ Gruber Prize Program Marks 10th Anniversary With Symposium & Live Announcement of Genetics and Neuroscience Prize Recipients
  20. ^ Human Rights Advocates for Victims of Discrimination and Oppression Will Share $500K Gruber International Justice Prize
  21. ^ Awards : Harrison Tweed Award (annual), National Legal Aid & Defender Association, archived from the original on 2012-07-17, retrieved 2020-01-31
  22. ^ "The Brody Award : 2006 Recipient Frank M. Coffin". Colby College. Archived from the original on 2006-09-10. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  23. ^ Times staff (July 13, 1985). "Times Receives Award From Bar Association". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. p. 18.
  24. ^ "Herald wins ABA for stories on Dade juries". The Miami Herald. Miami, Florida. June 9, 1985. p. 6A FRONT.
  25. ^ "NPR Series Judicial Vacancy Crisis Wins American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award". National Public Radio. June 25, 1998. Retrieved March 2, 2013.
  26. ^ Smolla, Rodney A.; Melville B. Nimmer (1994). Smolla and Nimmer on Freedom of Speech. Irwin Professional Publishing. p. Author bio. ISBN 0256147957.
  27. ^ "THE WILLIAM J. BRENNAN, JR., AWARD". Retrieved April 10, 2010.
  28. ^ Peter Edelman William Brennan Award
  29. ^ International Commission of Jurists
  30. ^ Membership Notes
  31. ^ History Page, National Trial Advocacy College at the University of Virginia School of Law (; Annual Brochure, "The Honorable William J. Brennan, Jr. Awards Ceremony," National Trial Advocacy College, Univ. of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, VA;Justice Brennan's remarks at the initial awards ceremony:; websites of honorees
  32. ^ "The Thomas e. Dewey Medal".
  33. ^ "The Best In Law Award".
  34. ^ "About Us". Lawyers of Distinction. Retrieved 2024-01-17.