Thomas Buergenthal’s long and distinguished career as an international jurist was shaped early on by his experiences as a survivor of the Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen concentration camps. Over a period spanning more than half a century, he has served as a judge and taught at several leading law schools.
His judgeships include the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which contained a term as its president, the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the International Court of Justice.
A widely respected scholar, Judge Buergenthal has held many professorships and academic positions, including his present position as Lobingier Professor Emeritus of Comparative Law and Jurisprudence at The George Washington University Law School, where he has taught international law and international human rights law, and Dean of Washington College of Law of American University.
An author of numerous articles on international law and human rights, Judge Buergenthal has written more than a dozen books, including his memoir A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy, in which he recounts his journey from the Nazi concentration camps to liberation and his reunion with his mother following the end of World War II.
Judge Buergenthal was presented with the 2018 Stockholm Human Rights Award on 20 November 2018 at Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, Sweden.