Friday, September 17, 2010

Prizing human rights

An institution established in memory of a Nuremberg prosecutor is seeking prize nominees.
Institution:
The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, dedicated in 1995 at the University of Connecticut. The Center's namesake is Thomas J. Dodd, who began his career in the U.S. Department of Justice and went on to serve as a senior prosecutor at Nuremberg (right), cross-examining defendants in the Trial of the Major War Criminals and serving too in subsequent Nuremberg proceedings. (photo credit) Dodd, born in 1907, was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Connecticut from 1959 until a few months before his death in 1971; his children include the retiring senior Senator from Connecticut, who published his father's Letters from Nuremberg (2007), as well as a former U.S. Ambassador.
Prize:
The Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights, awarded biennially by the University of Connecticut "to an individual or group who has made a significant effort to advance the cause of international justice and global human rights." Previous winners (here and here): 2003, Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair, then Prime Ministers of Ireland and Britain, respectively; 2005, Louise Arbour (left), then U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, and former South African Constitutional Court Justice Richard J. Goldstone, like Arbour a onetime Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda; 2007, the Center for Justice & Accountability, of which IntLawGrrls guest/alumna Pamela Merchant serves as Executive Director, and Mental Disability Rights International, last month renamed Disability Rights International; and 2009, the Committee to Protect Journalists.
To nominate a worthy individual or group for this monetary prize (no self-nominations accepted), complete and submit the form available here. Deadline is December 31, 2010.

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