The American Society of International Law has selected the book Janet Blake & Lucas Lixinski, eds.
, The 2003 UNESCO Intangible Heritage Convention: A Commentary (Oxford University Press, 2020) for the Certificate of Merit for High Technical Craftsmanship and Utility for Practicing Lawyers and Scholars (2020-21). This is one of the most prestigious book prizes for English-language international law publications. According to the ASIL Book Committee, this comprehensive commentary on the 2003 UNESCO Convention “provides an authoritative guide to the development, interpretation, application and implementation of the Convention”. In this book, the editors assembled a team of leading experts who have undertaken a meticulous article-by-article analysis of the Convention as well as a broad survey of its history and impact. The result is “an illumination of a novel and significant instrument that plugs an urgent gap in the preservation of humanity’s cultural heritage, namely, its intangible manifestations”.