"Justice redresses the arbitrary use of power by an individual or by a group."

Peter Gruber, Chairman Emeritus
The Gruber Foundation

The Justice Prize honors individuals who have advanced the cause of justice as delivered through the legal system.

The award both acknowledges individual efforts and encourages further advancements toward bringing about a fundamentally just world.

Established in 2001, the Justice Prize of the Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation – a gold medal and unrestricted $500,000 cash award – is an international award presented annually. Recipients are selected by a distinguished panel of international legal experts from nominations that are received from around the world.

In support of the field of Justice, The Foundation has pledged an annual fellowship, in effect from 2009-2011, that will fund a student of George Washington University Law School selected to serve as a law clerk to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, under the ICJ’s University Traineeship Programme. The Gruber Foundation International Law Fellowship will promote the development and understanding of international law by providing invaluable financial support to the GW Law student selected by the ICJ. The George Washington University Law School shall administer the fellowship.

2011 marks the final Justice Prize of The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, which prepares to move to Yale University, where the mission of its two human rights prizes will merge and transition in 2012 into the Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights. For more information, see the official press release.

In the face of formidable political, cultural and historical forces aligned against democratic values, Barbara Arnwine, Morris Dees, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Center for Legal and Social Studies, and the Kurdish Human Rights Project have courageously provided access to legal justice to victims of discrimination and oppression.

Through advocacy, legal reform and the use of international law as a means of safeguarding human rights, Michael Kirby, John Dugard and the Indian Law Resource Center have helped make equal justice under law a reality for groups that historically have been the victims of systemic discrimination.