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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 the International 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.