10:34 a.m., Oct. 10, 2008----Martinus Nijhoff Publishers has decided to celebrate the 90th birthday of UD's Gerard J. Mangone, University Research Professor of International and Maritime Law, on Oct. 10, by establishing an annual prize to be awarded to the author of the best contribution published in the International Journal of Marine and Coastal Law.
The selection of the annual award winner of the Gerard J. Mangone Prize will be made by a committee the journal's advisory board members.
Mangone, who joined UD in 1972 as a professor of marine studies and political science, has been co-editor-in-chief of the journal since 1992.
Organizer of the Marine Policy Program in the College of Marine and Earth Studies, Mangone created the Center for the Study of Marine Policy in 1973, the first research center at an American university to study the legal, political and economic issues facing the ocean, seabed and coastal zone. In 2003 UD renamed the center the Gerard J. Mangone Center for Marine Policy in recognition of his 16 years of service as its director.
Mangone, who continues to teach and conduct research, has supervised some 40 students for master or doctoral degrees and has established several educational programs relating to marine policy and law. In April, Mangone visited Vietnam where he spoke at the 4th Global Oceans Conference in Hanoi.
Before coming to UD, Mangone served as a professor at Wesleyan University, Swarthmore College and Syracuse University, where he also was associate and acting dean of the Maxwell Graduate School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Mangone has held visiting professorships at Yale University, Mt. Holyoke College, Trinity College, Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University.
At Temple University, Mangone served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and vice president for academic affairs and provost, administering 11 colleges serving 25,000 students.
As the first Senior Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., Mangone headed major legal studies of the world ocean. He also was appointed executive director of the President's Commission on the United Nations and conducted a national study to reform that international organization.
Mangone received his doctorate in international law from Harvard University, where he won the Charles Sumner Award for the most distinguished contribution to international peace. He also is the author of more than 20 books, and is the series editor of the Martinus Nijhoff Monograph Series, International Straits of the World.