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 2015

Prince Zeid Raʿad al-Hussein of Jordan was elected UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2014. He has a robust track record on accountability for grave crimes, fighting against sexual and gender-based violence, condemning and leading investigations into abuses allegedly committed by UN peacekeeping personnel including rape, the trafficking of human beings and illicit narcotics, and insisting on a zero-tolerance policy for such offences.

He is an avid advocate in the fight against impunity, and was a key figure in the establishment of the International Criminal Court. His career also includes work for the UN in the former Yugoslavia, following which he helped ensure the creation of a report documenting the causes of the genocide in Srebrenica. He has a reputation of working to unveil widespread human rights violations and steering countries away from victor’s justice.

The Stockholm Human Rights Award will be presented to Prince Zeid at a ceremony in Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, on 24 November.

To the press release