Past Winners

2017 Prize

President Jimmy Carter

39th President of the United States

Founder of the Carter Center

President Jimmy Carter accepts the O'Connor Justice Prize
Ana Palacio

2016 Prize

Minister Ana Palacio

Member, Council of State of Spain

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain

Former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of
the World Bank Group

2015 Prize

Dr. Navanethem “Navi” Pillay

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Champion of South African anti-apartheid activists’ rights

Served on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court

Navanethem Navi Pillay


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