Australian former High Court judge Michael Kirby wins U.S. award

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Former Australian High Court judge Michael Kirby on Thursday has won a U.S. award in recognition of his extended career championing the rights of the oppressed in Australia and overseas.

Kirby, who retired from the High Court bench in February last year, will share the 500,000 U.S. dollars Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation 2010 Justice Prize with two others.

Kirby will share the justice prize with South African lawyer and anti-apartheid campaigner John Dugard and with the Indian Law Resource Center, a group which has exposed human rights violations against indigenous peoples in the Americas.

The citations in the award said Kirby had been active in law reform and promotion of human rights both in Australia and abroad.

"As chair of the executive committee of the International Commission of Jurists, and later as its president, as well as through organs of the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Australia, he has promoted the cause of international human rights and come to the defense of victims of unjust regimes," it said.

"He has played a prominent role in the development of international human rights law, including, in particular, law relating to privacy, data security, bioethics and HIV/AIDS."

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation is a U.S. philanthropic organization which awards five international prizes each year for in areas of science and justice.

Michael Donald Kirby, is a former Justice of the High Court of Australia, serving from 1996 to 2009.

Source: Xinhua


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