International Prize



Basis for the Award

2017 John Braithwaite
Australian National University

Nominated by Terence Halliday, American Bar Foundation and Malcolm Feeley, University of California, Berkeley

John Braithwaite has championed the research field defined by the terms shame and reintegration, as well as research on Restorative Justice and white collar crime. His works have been translated and introduced in many countries, not only western countries but also Asian countries.  He has been very active in giving lectures and speeches at institutes all over the world, which had a strong effect on younger scholars interested in Sociology and Law, in many countries. Also, he has played many administrative or committee roles in various academic societies, bringing together different academic fields.

2017 Nachman Ben-Yehuda
Hebrew University

Nominated by Joachim Savelsberg, University of Minnesota, John Hagan, Northwestern University, and Ron Levi, University of Toronto

Nachman Ben-Yehuda is a scholar with a truly international profile. His numerous publications on morals, deviance and law-breaking have great impact on research in many countries. For example, his work on techniques of neutralization is taught to criminology students whereever they are. Nachman Ben-Yehuda bridges political science with criminology and brings both to the field of socio-legal studies, with a focus on social and political conflicts.  His theorizing and research engage with the conflict in which his country finds itself, and he draws lessons for global perspectives.

2016 Susanne Karstedt
Griffith University
Susanne Karstedt is truly an international scholar, as demonstrated by the places of her academic appointments, her research topics, and her service in and for professional societies and institutions. 

At the core of Susanne Karstedt’s impressive body of work are the questions of how power, moralities, inequality, democracy, and justice interact in various contexts.  Her work characteristically combines approaches and questions to discover new and often surprising insights.  Her essay “Coming to Terms with the Past in Germany after 1945 and 1989: Public Judgments on Procedures and Justice” (1996 in German, 1998 in English, Law & Policy 20(1): 15-56) earned her much acclaim, and was the starting point for a number of publications and further research: the edition of Legal Institutions and Collective Memories (2009), various articles on transitional justice, i.e., “From Absence to Presence, from Silence to Voice: Victims in Transitional Justice since the Nuremberg Trials” (2010 International Review of Victimology 17(1): 9-30) and “Contextualizing Mass Atrocity Crimes: Moving Toward a Relational Approach” (2013 Annual Review of Law and Social Sciences 9: 383-404). 

Besides her prolific research and writing, Susanne Karstedt has served on a great number of editorial boards of national and international journals and book series and on advisory boards of research institutes and research foundations.  Her service extends to a variety of national and international professional societies, including the Law and Society Association, the ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Law, and the American Society of Criminology.  Her international engagement is perhaps best demonstrated by her service on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Criminology, and as Scientific Director for this organization; in this capacity she organized the World Congress of Criminology in Philadelphia in 2005.   

Summing up, Susanne Karstedt has made significant contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the field of law and society by her remarkable research; her bridging of sociology, socio-legal studies, and criminology; her world-wide service in and to law and society academia; and, not least, bringing together in conferences, small and large, researchers from all over the world who understand their combined work as a transnational and international endeavor.  Hence we believe Susanne Karstedt is a highly deserving recipient of the LSA International Prize. 

2015 Ronen Shamir
Tel Aviv University

Professor Ronen Shamir has published three monographs and dozens of articles that have had significant influence on the law and society field as well as sociology, history, middle eastern studies and anthropology.  Shamir’s projects locate law in the historical struggle of political forces within, before, and beyond the nation state.  His first book, Managing Legal Uncertainty: Elite Lawyers in the New Deal (1995) explored how legal realism moved from a minor but much ballyhooed movement in legal academia to a significant role in the building the legal infrastructure of the New Deal.  Shamir used a close study of these elite lawyers in action to illuminate the fraught debates about legal realism (and about the nature of law) animated by World War II and the holocaust and continuing to echo in the 1980s and 1990s in debates about legal determinacy.  His second book, The Colonies of Law: Colonialism, Zionism and Law in Early Mandate Palestine (2000), once again takes a close look at a particular jurisprudence and group of lawyers, to understand the formation of the nation state, and the larger antinomies of colonialism, religion, and race; this time in the context of mandatory Palestine and the Zionist state building effort.  In his most recent book, Current Flow: The Electrification of Palestine (2013), Shamir deploys Actor/Network theory, a framework of growing significance in the law and society field, to examine how the technical assemblage of the electrical grid in Palestine operates as much as legal and political institutions in shaping the state and its lines of conflict.  Shamir is also the author of dozens of articles addressing issues of globalization, neoliberal governance, and corporate social responsibility.  Shamir is a socio-legal scholar and social theorist who has brought empirical light to basic issues of normative and social ordering by bringing little known and telling historical examples into the historical record and general discussion. Shamir has done this in a region of the world and on a historical topic in which the risks of free investigation and expression have become increasingly manifest.

2014 Setsuo Miyazawa
Aoyama Gakuin University Law School
Setsuo Miyazawa's contribution to law and society scholarship and pedagogy in Japan and around the world is truly astounding. Prof. Miyazaway holds LL.B., LL.M., and S.J.D. degrees from Hokkaido University, and M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. (soc) degrees from Yale University. He has taught at numerous institutions in Japan and elsewhere. One of the astounding features of Prof. Miyazawa's law and society scholarship is its versatility; his research ranges from policing and criminal justice to corporate lawyering, and he has written extensively about public interest lawyering as well. He has written or edited more than a dozen books in Japanese and English. His first English book, Policing in Japan (SUNY Press 1992), received the 1993 Distinguished Book Award of the Division of International Criminology of the American Society of Criminology. He has also authored the first Japanese casebook on legal ethics. 

Prof. Miyazawa's scholarship is not merely abstract and academic; he has been an influential and courageous voice in promoting judicial reform in Japan, and has had a significant role in reforming legal education in Japan. Prof. Miyazawa's contributions to the Law and Society Association have also been remarkable. He served twice on the LSA Board of Trustees, and was the co-founder of CRN 33 -- East Asian Law and Society -- now the largest CRN at LSA. For these major contributions in scholarship, practice, and legal reform, we believe Prof. Miyazawa would be a worthy and deserving recipient of the International Prize.

2013 David Nelken 
University of Macerata and University of Wales, Cardiff
Nelken has distinguished himself in several different areas of scholarship and has been an indefatigable promoter of comparative research and of systematic empirical research in scholarly communities where it is underdeveloped.   Perhaps his greatest contribution has been to champion the systematic study of legal culture.  He has published a number of important methodological articles and books explaining how this elusive concept can be put to good use in sociolegal studies, and to especially good use in comparative research.  Some of his most important books in this area includeThe Politics of Corruption and the Corruption of Politics (1996), Comparing Legal Cultures (1997), Contrasting Criminal Justice (2000), Adapting Leal Cultures (2001, with J. Feest), Exploring Legal Cultures (2007, with F Burisma), A Handbook of Comparative law (with E. Orucu), European Ways of Law (with V. Gessner), and Comparative Criminal Justice (2010)
2012 Upendra Baxi Upendra Baxi is a distinguished and internationally renowned Indian legal scholar, with a Master of Law from Bombay, and a J.S.D. from Berkeley. During a long and diverse professional life, he has managed to combine a highly successful academic career, both in India and later abroad, with an active commitment to social justice and the defense of human rights, particularly tribal rights and women’s rights. After completing his studies in the USA, he returned to India as Professor of law  (1973-1996), Dean of the Law School, then Vice Chancellor of Delhi University (1990-1994), as well as Director of the Indian Law Institute.

He has also taught in many leading universities in Australia, the USA and Great Britain. Professor Baxi was one of the early promoters of clinical legal aid and cause lawyering in India. He was a pioneer of Public Interest Lawyering, organizing petitions to the Supreme Court as well as public protests in order to defend the rights of disadvantaged groups such as tribal people, and particularly women.

He has also been very active in public and legal campaigns fighting corruption as well as environmental damages produced by multinationals corporations (such as Bhopal). As a scholar, his specific area of interest is the comparative sociology of human rights and law, science and technology. Baxi has also played a foundational role in the intellectual formation of post-colonial studies, particularly as the only legal scholar associated with the original group on Subaltern Studies, where he insisted on the centrality of law and the State in these processes.

Professor Baxi's numerous publications include two recent volumes on human rights (1994). He has also edited (with Oliver Mendelssohn) (1994) a trilogy of works on the Bhopal catastrophe
2009 Yves Dezelay Yves Dezalay earned his doctorate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, working with French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Since 1984 he has been at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He is currently the center’s director of research. Yves has been a long-time Affiliated Scholar with the American Bar Foundation, and has been a visiting professor at various institutions in the United States and Europe. He describes the Law and Society Association as his main intellectual home for more than 20 years.

His principal contribution to the law and society movement has been to creatively and painstakingly show how deeply globalization has affected the legal profession. He is an expert on the international market for legal expertise and the role of lawyers in shaping state power under conditions of globalization. His empirical base is impressive: it includes over 3000 interviews in 30 nations.

Yves Dezalay earned his doctorate at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes, working with French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. Since 1984 he has been at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique. He is currently the center’s director of research. Yves has been a long-time Affiliated Scholar with the American Bar Foundation, and has been a visiting professor at various institutions in the United States and Europe. He describes the Law and Society Association as his main intellectual home for more than 20 years.

Yves Dezalay’s principal contribution to the law and society movement has been to creatively and painstakingly show how deeply globalization has affected the legal profession. He is an expert on the international market for legal expertise and the role of lawyers in shaping state power under conditions of globalization. His empirical base is impressive: it includes over 3000 interviews in 30 nations. His contributions emphasize how “globalization provides a forum for competition between professional groups, and how law becomes both the product of, and conduit for, battles to consolidate state power.” Globalization, in short, has internationalized the legal system in unprecedented ways, creating a new internationalized legal order. His is the most exhaustive body of socio-legal research in this area to date, and probably the most insightful. Representative works include his Merchants of Law: The Expansion of the ‘American Model’ and the Construction of a Transnational Juridical Order.

Much of Dezalay’s work has been written with Professor Bryant Garth. They have been frequent collaborators since 1986. Together they wrote: Dealing in Virtue: International Commercial Arbitration and the Emergence of a New International Legal Order and The Internationalization of Palace Wars: Lawyers, Economists, and the Contest to Transform Latin American States. Their new book will appear this year: Asian Legal Revivals: Lawyers, Politics and the Re-structuring of States from Colonialism to Hegemony. This will be a major synthetic work covering a wide range of areas in which lawyers work, including neoliberal models of governance, foreign relations, and human rights.

With this award, we honor a scholar who has opened up a whole new field of law and society research with work that is extensive and will be of lasting influence. We honor a man who has been a public intellectual, a mentor of new scholars from around the world, as well as a very productive research scholar.
2007 Xingliang Chen (co-winner)












Dario Melossi




Xingliang Chen was among the first generation of Chinese university students after the Cultural Revolution. He studied law at Peking University Law School from 1977 to 1981 and received a LL.B degree there. After graduation, he entered the law school of Renmin University of China for further study, receiving a LL.M in 1984 and another LL.D in 1987. From 1985 to 1998, Prof. Chen taught at the Law School of Renmin University of China. Since 1998, he has been a professor of criminal law, criminology and criminal justice at Peking University Law School and the first Yangtze River Distinguished Scholar in the field of arts and social sciences appointed by the Ministry of Education. In 1997, Prof. Chen created Criminal Law Review and Criminal Case Review and has been the editor-in-chief of both since then. These Reviews have been widely regarded as the most influential and authoritative academic publications in the fields of criminal law and criminology in China.

Xingliang Chen has made major contributions to the advancement of knowledge in the crime, law, and society field, and has been central to the advancement of the rule of law in China. Among his colleagues in China, Japan, and South Korea, he is widely regarded as the most important scholar of crime and criminal justice policy in the PRC. His studies cover key areas in penology, criminal law, and criminal procedure, usually with an emphasis on the interactions between and among law, politics, society, and culture. In his highly acclaimed Philosophy of Criminal Law, Chen analyzed the social and legal changes during the 1980s and the 1990s in China and underscored the emergence of a civil society relatively autonomous of political society. A Memorandum on Capital Punishment reviewed the Chinese history of capital punishment and criticized its excessive use in contemporary China. Professor Chen recently called for giving review and approval power of death sentences to the Supreme People’s Court, a reform that was instituted on January 1, 2007.

Dario Melossi received his law degree from the University of Bologna, Italy, in 1972 and his PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1986. He began his career in the Sociology Department at the University of California, Davis, returning to Italy and joining the faculty at the University of Bologna in 1993. From 1997 to 2004, he was a Visiting Professor of Criminology at Keele University. From 1994 to 1996, he was a Visiting Professor in the Masters’ Program of the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Oñati, Spain. Beginning in 1998 and continuing to the present, he has been on the Board of the International Doctorate in Criminology at Trento University, Italy. Currently, he is Professor of Criminology on the Faculty of Law at the University of Bologna.

Dario Melossi has made many important contributions to the area of social control, security, and neo-liberalism, and his scholarship has influenced law and society scholarship internationally for more than two decades. He has authored or co-authored seven monographs and edited or co-edited four other volumes. The Prison and the Factory: Origins of the Penitentiary System (translated from the Italian Carcere e Fabbrica), co-authored with Massimo Pavarini, is a classic in punishment theory. His 2005 piece in the European Law Journal, entitled “Security, Social Control, Democracy and Migration,” is exemplary of his analytic precision and theoretical scope, tackling issues that cross disciplinary and thematic boundaries. In the process of addressing the debate on European constitutionalism, Melossi examines the perceived nexus between migration, criminalization, and security that is so important to contemporary political discourse, not only in Europe but worldwide. Prof. Melossi has published in English, Italian, German, Spanish, and Greek outlets. His work on punishment theory, migration, security, and social control more generally work that is always incisive and often seemingly prescient embodies international scholarship at its best.
2005 Hazel Genn Hazel Genn was the first person appointed to a chair in Socio-Legal Studies in the UK, a founding member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association and  was its first President. More than any other scholar, Hazel Genn has put socio-legal studies on the academic 'map' in the UK, and made socio-legal research central to policymakers concerned with law, lawyers and the legal system. Throughout her career, she has engaged in groundbreaking empirical work, shaping the landscape of UK socio-legal studies and its role in legal change. Her long-standing research interests are in access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, and civil justice. Hazel's contribution to academia and to socio-legal studies in particular has been widely recognized in the UK; she was made a Fellow of the British Academy and in 2002 became Vice-President of its council; in 2000 she was honored as a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for her work on civil justice.

A member of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Law (RCSL), she has maintained longstanding links with international scholars working on the legal profession around the world. Most recently, her Paths to Justice: What People Do and Think About Going to Law (1999) has proved extraordinarily influential world-wide. The study is being replicated in Japan, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, Scotland, Canada and Australia. Her work on mediation has also been widely influential, most notably in Central and Eastern Europe. Hazel has had a major influence on policy-makers around the world. Her stature as an authority in her field has led to numerous invitations to join delegations and to address legislative bodies in Beijing, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, and Bulgaria, to name just a few.

She is part of the Council of Europe's Working Group on the Efficiency of Justice, and a member of the Council's Consortium Comparing European Judicial Systems. She has published widely in the field including Meeting Legal Needs? (1981); Hard Bargaining: Out of Court Settlement in Personal Injury Actions (1987); The Effectiveness of Representation at Tribunals (1989); Tribunals and Informal Justice (1992); Personal Injury Compensation: How Much is Enough? (1994); Survey of Litigation Costs for the Woolf Inquiry into Access to Justice (1996); Understanding Civil Justice (1997); Mediation in Action (1999); and Paths to Justice: What People Do and Think About Going to Law (1999) (with Sarah Beinhart).  Along with teaching at University College London where she is Professor of Socio-Legal Studies in the Faculty of Laws, she remains a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Tilburg and Leiden in The Netherlands, and at the University of Hong Kong, and is a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.

2003 Masaji Chiba In 1965-66, Professor Chiba studies with E. Adamson Hoebel and the University of Minnesota. His experience there led him to study customary law in non-Western countries with an emphasis on its interaction with state law. He participated in the founding of the International Association of Legal Anthropology in 1981 and quickly became a leading scholar in legal pluralism. He gave an inaugural lecture at the founding of the International Institute of the Sociology of Law (IISL) in Onati, Spain in 1989. He has been a leading member of the Japanese Association of Sociology of Law (JASL) and was its President from 1987-90. Not only has he influenced scholarship in Japan by his own research and teaching but by translating of the works of Elton McNeil, A.R. Radcliff-Brown, Simon Roberts, and E. Adamson Hoebel has made this scholarship truly transnational.
2001 Neelan Tiruchelvam (posthumously) The first International Prize was awarded to the late Neelan Tiruchelvam for his distinguished scholarship in legal pluralism, human rights, constitutionalism, ethnic conflict, and the capacity of law to contain violence. Neelan was also the founder of the Law and Society Trust and the International Centre for Ethnic Studies in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Neelan's scholarship guided his public stance on the political crisis gripping Sri Lanka, where he became a member of parliament who spoke from the perspective of the Tamil minority and advocated moderation and peaceful political solutions. As Neelan became more prominent in the peace process, his life was repeatedly threatened and, in 1999, was taken by a suicide bomber.