Friday, December 16, 2022
The Association of American Law Schools' Section on Comparative Law has announced that the winner of the 2023 Tushnet Prize is Professor Anna Conley of the University of Montana Alexander Blewett III School of Law. She was recognized for her article, "Comparing Essential Components of Transnational Jurisdiction: A Proposed Comparative Methodology," which was published in the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law. Professor Conley's article is an updated and condensed version of her dissertation for her Doctor of Laws in Comparative Law from the McGill University Faculty of Law.
Professor Conley is an Assistant Professor at the University of Montana, where her areas of expertise include civil litigation, comparative law, international law, and human rights. She has a J.D. from the George Washington Law School, and an LL.M. and Doctor of Civil Laws (D.C.L.) from the McGill University Faculty of Law. She has litigated many large-scale complex cases, participated in several rule of law initiatives, and published extensively in international and comparative law. She was an adjunct professor at the University of Montana Department of Political Science teaching Constitutional Law, International Law and Comparative Law from 2017 to 2021. She also was an adjunct professor at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law teaching Global Perspectives on Law and Public International Law from 2007 to 2016.
The Tushnet Prize recognizes scholarly excellence in any subject of comparative law by an untenured scholar at an AALS Member School. The Prize is given to the author or authors of a scholarly article judged to have made an important contribution in the field of comparative law. For the 2023 award, this article must have been published in an academic journal between July 2021 and November 2022.
The Prize was awarded for the first time at the 2020 AALS Annual Meeting. All untenured scholars—including but not limited to tenure-track professors, visiting assistant professors, lecturers, academic fellows, doctoral candidates—are eligible.
The Tushnet Prize is named for Mark Tushnet, a former president of the Association of American Law Schools and the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. A former law clerk to Justice Thurgood Marshall, Professor Tushnet is an authoritative voice in constitutional law and theory. His scholarship spans all areas of public law, including comparative constitutional law, a field in which he has co-authored a leading casebook. A respected teacher, a devoted mentor, and an influential scholar, he retired from the Harvard faculty in June 2020.
Professor Conley joins this list of previous winners of the Tushnet Prize:
- Mark Jia (Harvard Law School) (2022)
- Pamela Bookman (Fordham University School of Law) (2021)
- Jorge Farinacci (Inter-American University of Puerto Rico School of Law) (2020)
The AALS Comparative Law Section Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. in the Marriott Grand Ballroom 12, Lobby Level, North Tower, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina Hotel.