Domestic Courts' Use of International Human Rights Law to be Subject of Panel Discussion Featuring 2010 Gruber International Justice Prize Recipients

Michael Kirby, John Dugard and Indian Law Resource Center to Receive Prestigious Justice Prize at George Washington University Law School; Symposium Will Follow Prize Ceremony on October 11

Oct 08, 2010, 11:03 ET from The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- "Globalization: The Use of International Human Rights Law by Domestic Courts" will be discussed by a panel led by Arthur Chaskalson, retired Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa.  Joining Justice Chaskalson on the panel will be 2010 Gruber Justice Prize recipients Michael Kirby, John Dugard and the Indian Law Resource Center, represented by Executive Director Robert Coulter.  The symposium, which is open to the public, will immediately follow the presentation of the 2010 Gruber Justice Prize to the three recipients, who will share the $500,000 Prize.  The ceremony and presentation, which will also be viewable via webcast, will be held at the George Washington University School of Law in Washington, D.C., on October 11 at 10:30 a.m.  

"This year's Justice Prize recipients have much to teach us about defining and defending the rights of groups that have systematically been denied even the most fundamental human rights by governmental and cultural institutions," said Param Cumaraswamy, Selection Advisory Board Member to, and 2005 Laureate of, the Justice Prize.  "They teach us what it means to be courageous and determined when they successfully challenge deeply ingrained opinions and practices that have stood in the way of progress for historically oppressed populations.  Not least of all, they teach us about compassion and the importance of not ever allowing the voiceless to go unheard."  

The Gruber Justice Prize is presented to individuals or organizations for contributions that have advanced the cause of justice as delivered through the legal system. The award is intended to acknowledge individual efforts, as well as to encourage further advancements in the field and progress toward bringing about a fundamentally just world.

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation honors and encourages educational excellence, social justice and scientific achievements that better the human condition. For more information about Foundation guidelines and priorities, along with complete bios of the 2010 Gruber International Justice Prize recipients, please visit  

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