Toronto, Washington, London, and Rome – The jury for the 34th edition of the esteemed Lionel Gelber Prize has been announced by The Lionel Gelber Prize Board. Led by Professor Janice Gross Stein, the jury consists of returning jurors Francis J. Gavin and Rosa Brooks from Washington, as well as new jurors Iain Martin from London and Eric Reguly from Rome.
Chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize Board, Judith Gelber, expressed pride in the diversity and experience of the jury, stating that their expertise in exploring complex international affairs issues would contribute to fostering public debate and understanding.
Established in 1989 to honor Canadian diplomat and author Lionel Gelber, the Lionel Gelber Prize recognizes the best non-fiction book on foreign affairs published in English. The winning author receives a prize of $50,000 CAD at the Lionel Gelber Prize Ceremony, held in Toronto. The award is presented annually by the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy.
On February 8, 2024, the jury will announce a shortlist of five books in contention for the prize, and the winner will be revealed in March.
The jury is comprised of highly accomplished individuals with diverse backgrounds and expertise in international affairs. Professor Janice Gross Stein, the Jury Chair, is the Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management and Founding Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Rosa Brooks, based in Washington, holds the Scott K. Ginsburg Chair in Law and Policy at Georgetown University Law Center. Francis J. Gavin, also based in Washington, is the Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Iain Martin, from London, is a journalist and author, serving as the Director of the London Defence Conference. Eric Reguly, based in Rome, is the European bureau chief for The Globe and Mail.
The announcement of the jury for the 34th Lionel Gelber Prize brings excitement and anticipation to the literary and international affairs communities. With their extensive knowledge and unique perspectives, the jury members will undoubtedly select a worthy winner for this prestigious prize.