02 May 2007, No. 12/2007

New award for humanities scholars who strengthen international relations

Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange granted for the first time

In the Year of the Humanities, the Reimar Lüst Award is being bestowed on eminent foreign humanities and social science scholars for the very first time. The award goes to the American legal expert, Prof. Dr. Kenneth W. Dam, and his Japanese colleague, Prof. Dr. Koresuke Yamauchi.

Valued at 50,000 EUR and granted jointly by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation the award recognises the contribution of outstanding academics from abroad to promoting cultural and academic relations between their own countries and Germany. The award winners are invited to spend time in Germany taking part in specialist discussions with colleagues. Up to 2009, two awards are to be granted annually. The award is named after the former President of the Humboldt Foundation. 

Kenneth Dam's book "The GATT: Law and International Economic Organization" has become a standard work on business law. As a leading figure in government and academia he has become an influential multiplier for German-American academic relations. During his stay in Germany, Dam will investigate and compare differing legal and institutional conditions for economic reforms in the United States and Germany. 

Koresuke Yamauchi is the director of the Institute of Comparative Law at Chuo University in Tokyo and is a member of the Japan Council of Science. He is considered to be one of the most important lynchpins between German and Japanese jurisprudence and he particularly promotes interest in German law amongst the younger generation of Japanese lawyers. During his project in Germany Yamauchi will examine German and European influence on international corporate law and the competition with American legal approaches.

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation 

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually enables more than 1800 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. The Foundation maintains a network of some 23,000 Humboldtians from all disciplines in 130 countries worldwide - including 40 Nobel Prize winners.


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