Pritikin Award

Pritikin Award

The Theodore M. Pritikin Memorial Fund was established to honor Theodore Pritikin, a bright and gifted alumnus who founded the UC Davis Journal of International Law & Policy (JILP). The Fund provides an annual prize for a student writing competition sponsored by the Journal. JILP awards the prize to a student who submits a previously unpublished paper that makes the most significant contribution to legal knowledge in the realm of international law and policy.


Please submit your entry using this google form.

Please submit a Word document and a PDF without identifying information.

Information for the 2024 Pritikin Award Writing Contest

Prize amount: $500

Deadline for submission: 11:59 PM on June 7, 2024

Please email all submissions with the subject line: “Pritikin Award Submission.” 


  • Entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Entries must be written by King Hall students (includes LL.M students).
  • Entries must be approximately 20 to 30 pages, double spaced, in 12-point font with 1" margins on all sides, on 8.5 x 11" paper, including footnotes/endnotes.
  • All citations must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform Sysem of Citation


The prize will be awarded to a student who submits a previously unpublished paper which makes the most significant contribution to legal knowledge in the realm of international law & policy.


  • Timeliness/relevance to current international affairs
  • Strength of writing
  • Strength of ideas/analysis


Past Winners:

2022-2023: Kari Peterson - A Comparative Analysis of Temporary Protected Status in Colombia and Mexico [pdf]

2021-2022: Carissa Lee - The Effectiveness of the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act [pdf]

2020-2021: Vanessa Hofman - Aut Dedere, aut Judicare: U.S. Obligations to Prosecute or Extradite under the Convention against Torture [pdf]

2019-2020: Delanie Grewe - Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity & CEDAW Article 16: An Anti-Essentialist Proposal [pdf]

2017-2018: Oscar Yang - Surviving International Trade Commission's Section 337 Exclusion Orders [pdf]

2016-2017: Lexi Airey

2015-2016: Matthew Kearney - Unless Someone Hears Us: Applying International Criminal Law's Rome Statute as a New Approach to Addressing the Human Rights Abuses against Serbian Roma [pdf]

2014-2015: India Powell - From Incidental to Instrumental: The Codification of Rape as an International Crime [pdf]

2013-2014: Erin Huntington - Torture and Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment: A Definitional Approach [pdf]

2012-2013: Jared Wigginton - Large-Scale Land Investment in Africa: An Issue of Self-Help and Self-Determination [pdf]

2011-2012: Jihan Kahssay - Lessons Learned from Somalia: Returning to a Humanitarian-Based Humanitarian Intervention [pdf]

2010-2011: Katherine Wang - The Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: Motivations For Investor-State Dispute Settlement Provisions [pdf]

2009-2010: Scott Vignos - Pirate Trials: An Examination of the United States' Non-Refoulement Duties Pursuant to the United Nations Convention Against Torture [pdf]

2008-2009: Agatha Panday - The Role of International Human Rights Law in WTO Dispute Settlement [pdf]

2007-2008: Kristy Young - The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States and the Foreign Investment and National Securities Act of 2007: A Delicate Balancing Act That Needs Revision [pdf]

2006-2007: Melinda Luthin - U.S. Enforcement of Foreign Money Judgments and the Need for Reform [pdf]

2005-2006: Lila Hollman - Children's Rights and Military Recruitment on High School Campuses [pdf]

2004-2005: Ben Klafter - International Commercial Arbitration as Appellate Review: NAFTA's Chapter 11, Exhaustion of Local Remedies and Res Judicata [pdf]

2003-2004: James Asa High, Jr. - The Basis for Jurisdiction over U.S. Sex Tourists: An Examination of the Case Against Michael Lewis Clark [pdf]