About the Stockholm Human Rights Award
Award for outstanding contributions to human rights and the rule of law
The Stockholm Human Rights Award was established in 2009 by theInternational Bar Association (IBA), The International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) and the Swedish Bar Association.
The award, which comes in the form of a glass sculpture and a diploma, is given annually to an individual or organization for outstanding contributions to human rights and the rule of law.
The award ceremony takes place in late November or early December at the premises of the Swedish Bar, in the presence of an international audience of diplomats, legal experts and NGOs.
In 2009, the first Stockholm Human Rights Award went to the South African judge Richard Goldstone, former Chief Prosecutor for the international criminal tribunals for the Balkans and Rwanda, and head of a UN-appointed fact-finding mission to Gaza after the Israeli campaign “Cast Lead” at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009.
The award for 2010 was given to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, who is also from South Africa, for her life-long service to the rule of law and human rights, and for her role in the developement of groundbreaking international jurisprudence on rape as a war crime.
The 2011 Stockholm Human Rights Award was given to George Soros and Aryeh Neier. George Soros is chairman and Aryeh Neier president of the Open Society Foundations. The mission of the foundations is to fund and support democratic development and human rights in countries under transition from totalitarian regimes. The Open Society Foundation are working in more than 70 countries.