On 17 June 2006, at the graduation ceremony for the 2004/2005 course (Read speech), the Henry Dunant Prize Foundation, in partnership with the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law (CUDIH), awarded the Henry Dunant 2006 Prize to Mrs Wibke Timmermann, author of the outstanding academic work entitled “Incitement, Instigation, Hate Speech and War Propaganda in International Law”. The ceremony took place in the Auditorium Jacques Freymond at the Graduate Institute of International Studies (HEI), at 3.00 p.m.
The Henry Dunant Prize rewards outstanding academic work, a thesis for a diploma in advanced studies, that strives to deepen, expand or renew the ideals of Henry Dunant, through law.
The mandate of the CUDIH, founded in 2002 by the Law Faculty of the University of Geneva and the Graduate Institute of International Studies, is to provide training to a high academic standard. It conducts and promotes scientific research within the fields of international humanitarian law and other branches of international law relating to situations of armed conflict and states of emergency. In 2005, the Henry Dunant Prize Foundation signed a convention with the CUDIH. Consequently, each year the Henry Dunant Prize rewards a thesis written as part of the Centre’s teaching program. The value of the Prize is 5000 francs.
The Henry Dunant Prize 2006 was awarded to Mrs. Wibke Timmermann, a German national and major on the CUDIH’s DEA 2004/2005 course on international humanitarian law. Her diploma thesis consists mainly of a critical analysis of the status of various types of debate on hate propaganda in international law such as the advocacy of hatred, direct and public incitement, instigation and war propaganda.
The selection committee was particularly impressed by the innovative aspect of Mrs Timmerman’s analysis which drew a link between the law and the advocacy of hatred. The impact such work could have on international events should not be underestimated. At the same time, it contributes to advancing the ideals of Henry Dunant.
Click here to read Wibke Timmermann’s thesis (in English).
It should be noted that Mrs Lindsey Cameron received a Henry Dunant Prize 2006 Commendation for the extremely high quality of her academic work “Accountability of International Organisations engaged in the Administration of Territory”, also written as part of the CUDIH’s teaching program.
Through these awards, the Henry Dunant Prize Foundation and the CUDIH wish to motivate young people to continue to contribute widely to the dissemination of international rules in favour of the victims of armed conflict and state of emergency situations.
Click here to read Lindsey Cameron’s thesis (in English).