Inamori International Military Ethics Thesis Prize

2021 Prize Winners

1st Place: Laura K. Graham, PhD, Executive Director, Yemen Accountability Project 

Malum In Se: Starvation Crimes in International Law, Case Western Reserve University

2nd Place: Nathan J. Riehl, Captain, United States Army

The Virtuous (Human) Soldier: A MacIntyrian Approach to Moral Education in the US Army, University of Pennsylvania
2020 Prize Winners

1st Place: Kevin Cutright, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army

Empathy and Jus in bello, Saint Louis University

2nd Place: Joseph O. Chapa, Major, United States Air Force

Just War Traditions and Revisions, Magdalen College, Oxford
2019 Prize Winners

1st Place: Hunter Cantrell, CPT, LG - Instructor Department of English and Philosophy, United States Military Academy

Arguments for Banning Autonomous Weapon Systems: A Critique, Georgia State University

2nd Place: J. Davis Winkie

Thin Red Lines: Early Cold War Military Censorship of Hollywood War Movies, University of North Carolina at Chapel

Inamori International Thesis Prize in Military Ethics 2019 | 2020

We are proud to present a special volume of The International Journal of Ethical Leadership, which includes 2019 and 2020 Inamori International Thesis Prize in Military Ethics winners' contributions in English, Spanish, and French. The publication can be viewed online in the CWRU School of Law's Scholarly Commons. Print versions will also be available later this summer.

The aim of Inamori International Thesis Prize is to promote involvement in the study and application of Military Ethics. In order to improve the accessibility of the field, the Inamori Center publishes the winning theses in at least two non-English languages. 

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2021 Prize: Call for Papers 


The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence awards an annual prize for the best thesis in military ethics to promote active involvement in the study and application of military ethics, including:

  • Just War Theory; 

  • the Conduct of War; 

  • the Law of Armed Conflict (LOAC); 

  • International Humanitarian Law (IHL); and 

  • other related fields that include the study of human rights issues in the context of armed conflict. 

In an effort to foster global discussion of pressing issues in military ethics and improve the accessibility of the field in languages other than English, the Inamori Center publishes the winning theses, in print and online, in multiple languages.

Two winners will be chosen for the Inamori International Thesis Prize in Military Ethics in 2021. The Inamori Center will publish the first place winning thesis and an abstract of the second place winning thesis in multiple languages as a special volume of The International Journal of Ethical Leadership. The 2019 and 2020 prize winners are being published in English, French, and Spanish. 

This Inamori thesis prize complements a similar award available to Europeans offered by the esteemed Euro-ISME (International Society for Military Ethics, European Chapter) organization. 

Both winners will also have the opportunity to give a presentation on their winning thesis at the annual Euro-ISME conference. As the 2021 conference is anticipated to be virtual, travel funding will not be made available, instead:

  • The first place winner will receive a $1000 prize. 

  • The second place winner will receive a $500 prize. 

Applications are encouraged from:

Non-European students, either military or civilian, in a graduate or professional-level program (including law or medical students, etc.) studying for their degree at any accredited college or university or military service academy or war college (or similar). European students are not eligible, but instead are strongly encouraged to submit to the annual Euro-ISME Thesis Prize.

Requirements for Thesis:

  • Submissions should be a single document in PDF format in English and a minimum of 7,000 words and a maximum of 12,500 words (approximately 25-50 pages, double-spaced). To submit in a language other than English, please contact Beth Trecasa, Associate Director, Inamori Center, at

  • Each submission must contain:

    • author name, contact information, and, if applicable, rank and branch of the of the military;

    • contact information of the higher education or military institution for which the thesis was written; and

    • a statement on the year when the thesis was successfully completed.

  • Only theses written at the level of a master’s degree, equivalent, or higher are eligible. The thesis submitted must have been written for a graduate or professional-level program either in the current academic year (2020-21) or during one of the three previous academic years (2017-18 through 2019-20). Older theses will not be considered.

  • A submission on any topic of ethical concern to the military will be considered, including but not limited to military ethics, war studies, security studies, cyber warfare, military history, and other corollary topics. There must be a strong ethical theme/argument in the thesis for it to be considered for the prizes.

Deadline for Submission:

February 15, 2021

Contact Email: 

(ATTN: Beth Trecasa, Associate Director, Inamori Center)


The Jury

The jury will consist of external experts from the fields such as military ethics, philosophy, law, and history, offering a combination of field experience (the practitioner’s perspective) and academia (the theoretical perspective). The chair of the jury will be Prof. Shannon E. French, who is the Inamori Professor in Ethics; Director of the Inamori Center; and Director of the CWRU master’s degree program in military ethics.

The first prize consists of:

  • the opportunity to present on the thesis at Euro-ISME’s annual conference;

  • prize money of $1000;

  • the opportunity to publish the thesis; and

  • a commemorative award.

The second prize consists of:

  • the opportunity to publish an abstract of the  thesis; and

  • a commemorative award.