ICCA Launches Memorial Fund in Memory of Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez

In memory of former ICCA Governing Board Member Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez, whose untimely passing in July 2017 saddened friends and colleagues worldwide, ICCA is proud to announce the launch of a memorial fund designed to establish a Prize in Guillermo’s honour. 


The “ICCA-Guillermo Aguilar-Alvarez Memorial Prize” will be awarded biennially by ICCA during its Congress to the individual under 40 who has written the best published work on international arbitration, conciliation or other forms of dispute settlement over the past two years. Guillermo was a brilliant and beloved teacher, mentor, and colleague to a generation of arbitration practitioners and scholars. We believe this Prize to be a fitting way to remember and honour Guillermo’s legacy.  In time, we envisage the Prize to be a coveted honour that will bring recognition to talented young practitioners and academics from around the world, spotlighting some of the most thoughtful and creative scholarship in our field.


The prize will include a modest honorarium and funding to attend the ICCA Congress (including a fee waiver, economy class travel and hotel accommodation) in order to receive the prize in person and to benefit from interaction with ICCA Members and participation in Congress sessions. The first Prize will be open for entries from 14 February 2019, with a closing date of 31 December 2019, for work published during 2018 and 2019. The first recipient of the Prize will receive funding to attend the 25th ICCA Congress in Edinburgh on 10-13 May 2020.


The Prize will be administered by ICCA, through an independent Advisory Board.  The founding Board is composed of Stefano Azzali, Lise Bosman, Carlos Davalos, Donald Donovan, Aloysius Llamzon, Loretta Malintoppi and Michael Reisman. A shortlist of all entries will be created by a Special Committee of Readers drawn from Young ICCA, and the winner will be chosen from the shortlist by the Advisory Board.


"We look forward to supporting young practitioners through an initiative we believe Guillermo would be proud to be associated with, and thank King & Spalding for collaborating with us on this special project," said ICCA President Gabrielle Kaufmann-Kohler. 


Amounts totaling USD60,000 have already been committed to the fund, which will be overseen by ICCA. We aim to reach the amount of at least USD120,000, to help the Prize exist in perpetuity. While any amount is welcome, we encourage those who knew Guillermo and are looking for a more long-lasting way to honour his legacy to become a Patron of the Prize. Donors will be recognized as Patrons by ICCA (and associated with the Prize accordingly) when they commit to donate at least US$5,000, either once-off, or in a series of regular donations. If you would like to commit to being a Patron of the Prize, please contact ICCA Communications Manager Lauren Voges (lvoges@pca-cpa.org).


Contributions will be administered by United Charitable, a U.S.-based 501c3 non-profit organization. 


To make your contribution, please click here.