The Stockholm Human Rights Award

The Stockholm Human Rights Award was established in 2009 by the International Bar Association (IBA), the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) and the Swedish Bar Association.

It is awarded annually to an individual or an institution for outstanding contributions to the rule of law and the promotion and protection of human rights.


Laureate 2013

Stockholm Human Rights Award 2013 goes to M. Cherif Bassiouni.

M. Cherif Bassiouni. Photo: Micke Lundström

M. Cherif Bassiouni is sometimes referred to as the father of modern international criminal law. Born in Cairo in 1937, he has been central in the creation of every major instrument of international criminal law over the last fifty years, including the Apartheid Convention, the Torture Convention and the creation of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, where he played a key role. More recently, however, he has expressed doubts about the future of the ICC, due to its exorbitant costs and bureaucratic overload.

The award ceremony took place on Tuesday 26 November 2013, at the Berwald Hall in Stockholm.

To the press release