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O'Connor Prize

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.

2022 Honoree

Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito
President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Elizabeth Odio Benito, President of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and former Judge of the International Criminal Court, has dedicated her professional career to erase inequality and injustice. With extensive practical and academic experience in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law, Benito became the first woman professor at the University of Costa Rica and later founded the Human Rights Institute in Costa Rica. Her decades of teaching, research and leadership around international human rights – and more specifically women’s rights – continue to inspire others.

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Past Winners

Founder and President of Nadia's Initiative
2018 co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize
Former President of South Africa
Nobel Laureate
Former Chief Secretary for Administration for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
39th President of the United States
Founder of the Carter Center
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
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

2020 Prize Dinner