Kirby Wins International Justice Prize
Posted: Thursday, June 17, 2010 - 11:52
Former High Court Judge, Michael Kirby has become the first Australian to win the internationally renowned Gruber Justice Prize.
The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation announced that its 2010 Justice Prize will be awarded to Michael Kirby, John Dugard from South Africa, and the Indian Law Resource Center, for contributions to international law and the advancement of human rights and rule of law.
Law Council President Glenn Ferguson says Kirby has had an outstanding career as a judge and made an extraordinary contribution to the law and society.
Ferguson says his commitment to human rights and justice issues in particular will be long remembered both nationally and internationally, and he is most deserving of this prize.
On learning of the announcement, Michael Kirby was typically humble saying he is conscious of the many people with whom he has worked over the years on human rights and justice who are equally deserving of recognition.
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