ILSP Director Kristen Stilt was recently awarded the 2016 I•CON Prize for the most outstanding article published in Volume 13 of the International Journal of Constitutional Law. Published in association with the New York University School of Law, I•CON is dedicated to advancing the study of international and comparative constitutional law. I•CON ‘s Board of Editors and the Scientific Advisory Board awarded Stilt the prize for her article, “Contextualizing Constitutional Islam: The Malayan Experience.” The article proposes a contextual approach to constitutional Islam and uses it to examine the making of the Federation of Malaya independence Constitution of 1957. In examining both the dynamics within the country and the international context in which the constitutional drafting process took place, the article shows that the establishment clause was attached to debates about many other constitutional issues and that its adoption was ultimately an attempt to provide another avenue of constitutional advantage for ethnic Malays.
Stilt was invited to Berlin in early June to accept the prize.