The Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights
The Dodd Prize shall be awarded to an individual or group who has furthered the cause of international human rights and justice through the legal process over an extended period of time.
Nomination Form and Deadline
Nominations for the Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights will be accepted through February 28, 2013.
Thomas J. Dodd Prize Selection Committee c/o Lisa J. Laplante Thomas J. Dodd Research Center 405 Babbidge Rd, Unit 1205 Storrs, CT 06269-1205 USA
The Dodd Prize will be publicly announced on this website and through appropriate human rights publications at least one year prior to the date of its awarding. Indivduals and groups shall be nominated for the Dodd Prize by members of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center's Advisory Board, by previous winners of the Dodd Prize and by human rights organizations and judges and staff of the International Human Rights Tribunals, and members of the public. The Dodd Prize Seection Committee will not accept self-nominations.
The Dodd Prize Selection Committee will review the nominees and will recomend no less than three and no more than five nominees to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center's Advisory Board. The Advisory Board will review the names sent forward by the Selection Committee and recommend a prize recipient to the President of the University of Connecticut at least six months prior to the awarding of the prize.
- 2011: The Center for Justice & International Law (CEJIL).
- 2009: The Committee to Protect Journalists.
- 2007: The Center for Justice & Accountability and Mental Disability Rights International.
- 2005: Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and Justice Richard J. Goldstone.
- 2003: Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, T.D., Prime Minister of Ireland, and The Right Honourable Tony Blair, M.P., Prime Minister, First Lord of the Treasury, and Minister for the Civil Service.
The individual or group receiving the award shall receive a prize of $75,000, a diploma, and a commemorative bronze bust of Thomas J. Dodd.
The Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights was established at the University of Connecticut in 2003 thanks to the continued efforts of Senator Christopher J. Dodd and other members of the Dodd Family.
The Thomas J. Dodd Prize in International Justice and Human Rights commemorates the distinguished career in public service of Thomas J. Dodd, who served as Executive Trial Counsel at the Nuremberg Trials, as U.S. Representative from 1953 to 1957, and as Connecticut Senator from 1959 to 1971. Thomas Dodd continually fought against infringement and suppression of human rights in the United States and abroad during his long public career. The prize is awarded by the Dodd Research Center to a leader or group who has made a significant effort to advance the cause of international justice and global human rights.
For the occasion of the opening of the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center in 1996, a short film was produced from archival materials of the Nuremburg Trials and narrated by Walter Cronkite.