Call for Int’l Human Rights Award Nominees
The ABA Section of Litigation is soliciting nominations for the ABA Section of Litigation International Human Rights Award. The International Human Rights Award is intended to honor and give public recognition to an individual who has made a special contribution in the area of human rights in a foreign jurisdiction.
Nominees for the award must have made substantial and long-term contributions in the furtherance of civil rights, civil liberties, and/or human rights outside the United States. A “substantial” contribution shall be considered to be one demonstrating a level of dedication or achievement beyond that expected in the normal course of an individual’s work. Nominees must be lawyers or judges, but from any jurisdiction.
The Section of Litigation International Human Rights Award was created in response to the knowledge that, in many countries with repressive regimes, the regime is less likely to take retaliatory action—or is likely to take less harsh action—against a human-rights advocate if the advocate has international connections and relationships. The Section stands behind those who have fought for basic human rights even when it may not be in their personal self-interest.
Completed nomination forms which can be found athttp://apps.americanbar.org/litigation/committees/international/ihr.html and accompanying materials, including a “Statement of Reasons,” should be emailed to Sharyne Tu at Sharyne.Tu@americanbar.org by March 19, 2012.