IBA Human Rights Award 2015

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Nominations are open for the International Bar Association (IBA) Human Rights Award 2015. Each year the IBA presents an award to an outstanding lawyer in the world of human rights law. We are seeking high-calibre nominations for 2015.

Deadline for nominations: 31 May 2015

Criteria for candidature

  • The award will be made to a legal practitioner (whether in private practice, public interest, employment as a legal adviser, academia, bar leadership or other regulation of the profession) who, through personal endeavour in the course of such practice, is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to the promotion, protection and advancement of the human rights of all, or any group of, people, particularly with respect to their right to live in a fair and just society under the rule of law.

How to apply

  • To nominate a lawyer for this prestigious award please send a cover letter (two A4 sides maximum), detailing why the nominee is a worthy candidate, highlighting their practical human rights work and achievements, accompanied by the nominee’s full Curriculum Vitae and contact details of both the nominator and the nominee, to hri@int-bar.org.
  • Submissions that do not include all required documents will not be considered.
  • The deadline for nominations is 31 May 2015. The winner will be notified in by the end of August, to allow time for the IBA to make arrangements for the winner to attend the IBA’s 2015 Annual Conference in Vienna, as a guest of the IBA.


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Previous winners

Adilur Rahman Khan, Bangladesh
Presented with the Award for his tireless dedication to championing human rights in Bangladesh, campaigning against torture, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, and violence against women and minority communities.

Abukar Hassan Ahmed, Somalia
Presented with the Award for his dedication to the fight for human rights and the rule of law in Somalia, speaking
out against the brutal Siad Barre regime and defending people arrested for their political beliefs.
Abdolfattah Soltani Abdolfattah Soltani, Iran
Presented with the Award for his courage and commitment to the rule of law and human rights in Iran, enduring long-term prison sentences, harassment, and intimidation for providing pro-bono legal counsel to those in need.
Ivan Velasquez Gomez

Ivan Velasquez Gomez, Colombia
Presented with the Award for his commitment to human rights and justice and his courage working on parliamentary transparency and organised crime.

Clive Stafford Smith Clive Stafford Smith, United Kingdom
Presented with the Award for his commitment to bringing legal rights to the most vulnerable and to those who cannot afford representation. In addition, for his work defending individuals on death row, ensuring due process and justice for those wrongly convicted.
George Bizos
George Bizos, South Africa
Presented with the Award for his outstanding contribution to human rights law in South Africa. Nelson Mandela, one of the many who nominated Mr Bizos said, ‘I know of no person more worthy for this honour’.