Litigation’s Human Rights Award: Shield Against Violence?
The Section of Litigation’s International Human Rights Award is no ordinary honor. The award was created not only to recognize the human rights work of jurists abroad, but also to help its recipients in the foreign jurisdictions in which they work.
In many countries with repressive governments, international recognition, such as the Section of Litigation Award, can protect human rights advocates from regimes seeking retaliatory action. The more well known a person becomes, the less likely that person will be victimized by vengeful governments.
This year’s award recipient is Edwin Rekosh, an international human rights lawyer and founder and executive director of the Public Interest Law Institute in Budapest. Rekosh has worked on behalf of victims of human rights abuse around the world and has mentored and supported pro bono practices in Central Europe, Russia and China.
Rekosh will receive the award on July 31 at 12:15 during a luncheon in the Fairmont Hotel. Keynote speaker at the luncheon will be Tony West, assistant attorney general for the civil division of the U.S. Department of Justice.