Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Human rights prize nominees sought

Do you know an individual or a group that has done important work to advance the cause of human rights and international justice? If so, please consider nominating them for the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights.
Having just undertaken the exciting task of setting up a new human rights office at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center here at the University of Connecticut, I am excited to spread the word about this important human rights award.
The Dodd Center awards this prize bi-annually to an individual leader or group that has made a significant effort to advance the cause of international human rights and justice through the legal process, over an extended period of time, in any part of the world.
The winner will receive $75,000, a diploma, and a commemorative bust at a ceremony which will take place in fall 2013.
This award commemorates the distinguished career in public service of Thomas J. Dodd, who served as Executive Trial Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials (below right), as U.S. Representative from 1953 to 1957, and as Connecticut Senator from 1959 to 1971. Dodd, born in 1907, fought against infringement and suppression of human rights in the United States and abroad until his death in 1971.
(credit for 1946 photo)
Past winners include Bertie Ahern and Tony Blair, then Prime Ministers of Ireland and Britain (2003); Louise Arbour, then U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, and former South African Constitutional Court Justice Richard J. Goldstone (2005); the Center for Justice & Accountability, of which IntLawGrrls guest/alumna Pamela Merchant serves as Executive Director, (2007); the Committee to Protect Journalists. (2009); and most recently, CEJIL, to the Center for Justice and International Law, in 2011.
As the Dodd prize enters its second decade, we are especially interested in receiving nominations of people who perhaps have not yet received the full recognition they deserve.
To make a nomination please provide historical, descriptive or biographical information about the nominee, including a vita, and include a description of the following information:
1. Background information on the organization or person being nominated and the nominee's efforts to support the human rights movement nationally or internationally and, in particular, the nominee's specific human rights interest.
2. How the nominee has used the law to support its human rights issue/cause and/or how the nominee's advocacy has affected laws that have been developed nationally or internationally.
3. The impact of this individual’s or organization’s efforts on work in the nominee's own country and human rights' efforts in the world community.
4. How the nominee’s efforts have affected other human rights programs within the nominee's country.
5. Your relationship with the nominee and how you came to know about the nominee's work.
6. Please include whatever supporting documentation may be available including books, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, websites, or other appropriate data.
You can also visit here for more information.
Nominations for the 2013 Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights will be accepted through December 31, 2012. No self-nominations will be accepted.
Please send any questions or comments to yours truly, the Dodd Center’s Interim Director, Lisa Laplante, at

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