2011 Recipient of SSHRC Aurora Prize

2011 Recipient of SSHRC Aurora Prize
Prof. James Stewart Recognized as one of Canada's top emerging social sciences and humanities researchers

Professor James Stewart (left) with Brent Herbert-Copley,
Vice-President, Research Capacity at SSHRC
(Photo by: Daniela Ciuffa)

November 3, 2011 - UBC Law Professor James Stewart is the recipient of the highly prestigious 2011 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Aurora Prize award. This $25,000 prize recognizes an outstanding new researcher who is building a reputation for exciting and original research in the social sciences or humanities.

"This award is a major honour for me, but much more importantly, it is part of a growing global recognition of the need to hold corporations accountable for facilitating atrocity," said Professor Stewart. " That the prize is awarded for research on this topic is further evidence that we are at an historical juncture in global justice."

Professor Stewart's work on international criminal law has earned him widespread recognition. In 2006, he was awarded the La Pira Prize for his article on unlawful confinement at Guantanamo. More recently, he received the prestigious Antonio Cassese Prize for International Criminal Law Studies, for his current work on the liability of corporations for international crimes. In October 2010, Stewart published new legal guidelines for prosecuting corporations for the illegal exploitation of natural resources.

Stewart was honoured for his work at the 49th annual Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS) conference held in Vancouver, B.C on November 2, 2011. The annual conference recognizes Canada's top social sciences and humanities graduate students and emerging scholars. The prizes, which included the SSHRC Aurora Prize, the SSHRC Postdoctoral Prize and the William E. Taylor Fellowship, are among the Canadian research community's highest honours. Each winner was selected by a rigorous peer-review process, and prize funds will be directed to research activities.

SSHRC is the federal agency that promotes and supports post-secondary research and training in the humanities and social sciences. Through its programs and policies, the Council enables the highest levels of research excellence in Canada and facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration across all sectors of society.

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