The Awards Ceremony of the Onassis International Prizes at the Institut de France (2009)

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In 2008, within the framework of the reformation of the Onassis International Prizes, the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation sought the co-operation of the Institute of France in Paris, an institution of international prestige and scope, towards the establishment of two new Onassis International Prizes. In the spirit of the parallel experience shared by the two institutions, of the fruitful idea exchange as well as of their common practice concerning the patronage of the Humanities, arts and sciences, the Onassis Foundation and the Institute of France decided the establishment of two new prizes, the Onassis International Prizes in Law and in Humanities.

The establishment of two new International Onassis Prizes was announced on Tuesday October 28th 2008, on the premises of Institute of France. The official announcement was made on the occasion of the annual opening of the five French Academies, and in the presence of French government representatives including Education Minister Mr. Xavier Darcos, representatives of the country's cultural and academic life and members of the French and Greek press corps.
The two prizes, accompanied by a monetary award of 250,000 euros each, are awarded periodically in rotation or simultaneously to academics, intellectuals or distinguished personalities who have contributed to the enrichment of human heritage. The status of the members of the Prize Committee and the laureates are of international repute, as they exceed the boundaries of their country and of their native language.
More specifically, the Prize in Law rewards exceptional service to law, legal research, the teaching of law, or the practice of law that underlines the necessity and indisputable advantages of shared ideas, and the encouragement of legal cooperation in order to facilitate the mutual comprehension and understanding between countries in a world that is constantly dwindling.
The Prize Committee for the Aristotle Onassis International Prize in Law for the period 2008-2009 consisted of the following members:

Ex-Officio members:
•    M. Gabriel de Broglie, Chancellor of the Institute France
•    M. Anthony S. Papadimitriou, President of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation
Members of the Academy of Moral and Political Science:
•    M. Gilbert Guillaume
•    M. Pierre Mazeaud
•    M. Alain Plantey
•    M. François Terré
•    Pierre Delvolvé
Personalities of international repute, appointed with the mutual agreement of the Chancellor of the Institute of France, and the President of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, as proposed by the Academy of Political and Moral Science.
•    Professor Mads Andenas, of the universities of Leicester, Oxford and Oslo
•    Professor Jörg Fedtke, of University College, London
The Aristotle Onassis International Prize in Humanities is awarded to distinguished personalities who promote the cultural heritage of humanity, through their work in the fields of Archaeology, History, Philology or Humanities. The awarded work should promote the ideals stemming from Greek culture, provided that it is connected with Ancient Greece, as well as, secondarily, with Ancient Rome while the Greek element should permeate the whole academic and research work of the laureate. The prize is awarded to personalities of international reputation who are distinguished for their contribution to the promotion of research and knowledge as well as the wider dissemination of ancient Greek cultural heritage. The candidates may cover the fields of philosophy, philology, history, archaeology as well as similar fields.
The Prize Committee for the Aristotle Onassis International Prize in Humanities for the period 2008- 2009 consisted of the following members:

Ex-officio Members:

•    M. Gabriel de Broglie, Chancellor of the Institute of France
•    M. Anthony S. Papadimitriou, President of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation

Members of the Institute of France, agreed with the Permanent Secretary of the Academy of Inscriptions and Humanities:

•    M. Jean Leclant, Permanent secretary
•    M. Jacques Jouanna, Hellenist
•    Mme Juliette de La Genière
•    M. André Laronde, Hellenist
Members of the French Academy:
•    Mme Hélène Carrère d'Encausse, Permanent Secretary
•    M. Michel Déon
•    M. Jean d'Ormesson

Personalities of international repute, appointed with the mutual agreement of the Chancellor of the Institute of France, and the President of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, as proposed jointly by the French Academy and the Academy of Inscriptions and Humanities.

•    M. Xavier Darcos, member of the Institute of France, former Minister of Employment, Social Relations, the Family, Solidarity and Towns.
•    M. Vassilis Lambrinoudakis, Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Athens, and Director of the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae Foundation.
•    M. Richard Buxton, professor of Greek and Greek literature at Bristol University and president of the Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae Foundation.
•    Dr Tonio Hölscher, Professor at the Institute of Classical Archaeology at the University of Heidelberg
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For additional information concerning the Onassis Prizes, you may contact:

The Institute of France

Email: foundations@institut-de-france.fr
Telephone number: 00331 44 41 45 12

The Institute of France
Communications Department
Email: com@institut-de-france.fr
Telephone number: 00331 44 41 43 40

The Onassis Foundation
Frederique Hadgiantoniou
Email: ffp@onassis.gr
Telephone number: 0030 210 37 13 018
FAX: 0030 210 37 13 013

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PARTNER INSTITUTION

INSITUT DE FRANCE

Parliament of scholars or parliament of knowledge – the Institut de France was established in October 1795. Its primary role is to gather and bring together scientists, literary persons and artists. The missions of the Institut de France are to develop the arts and sciences according to the principle of multidisciplinarity and to manage the thousands of donations, bequests and foundations for which the Institut is a depository. As a guardian of analytical and independent thinking, invested in research and open to the world issues, the Institut, in many respects, is primarily a counsellor for public authorities. Public authorities refer to the Institute, making requests for reports or opinions. This is unique to the Institut. It is an institution where all the efforts of the human mind are related to a beam (Ernest Renan). A place for exchanges among the greatest scientists of the Republic, public authorities, sponsors (companies or individuals) and men – known and unknown – contributing to the common good.

The Institut consists of five academies.

Each one of them has a role of its own within its area of competence:

  • The French Academy is concerned with the French language
  • The Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres studies classical antiquity, Orientalism, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance
  • The Academy of Sciences develops its action and its reflection in the field of mathematics, physics, chemistry, nature, biology, and medicine
  • The Academy of Fine Arts reviews and promotes the various artistic disciplines
  • The Academy of Ethic and Political Sciences addresses major issues relating social sciences, law and economics.
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Awards Ceremony

The first Aristotle Onassis International Prize in Law was bestowed on Lord Thomas Bingham of Cornhill, KG, on December 14, 2009. Lord Thomas Bingham passed away in 2010.

The first Aristotle Onassis International Prize in Humanities was bestowed jointly on Sir John Boardman, (Lincoln Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology and Art and Fellow of the British Academy)

and Jean-Yves Empereur, on December 14, 2009 (Director of the National Research Institute of France (CNRS) and founder of the Centre for Alexandrian Studies in Alexandria, Egypt.


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