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FEBRUARY 16, 2019

The O’Connor Justice Prize was established in 2014 to raise visibility for rule of law initiatives, recognize people who have made extraordinary contributions to advancing rule of law, justice, and human rights, and to honor Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s legacy. Previous honorees have included the Honourable Mrs. Anson Chan, President Jimmy Carter, Foreign Minister Ana Palacio of Spain, and Dr. Navanethem Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights from South Africa.

Past Winners

2017 Prize

President Jimmy Carter

39th President of the United States

Founder of the Carter Center

Ana Palacia Accepting the O'Connor Prize

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


“Commitment to the rule of law provides a basic assurance that people can know what to expect whether what they do is popular or unpopular at the time.”

~ Sandra Day O’Connor ~