Ex-U.N. human rights head hopes Tang Prize will inspire young lawyers

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/06/21
By: Stanley Cheung and Christie Chen

Hong Kong, June 21 (CNA) Louise Arbour, a former United Nations High Commissioner for

Louise Arbour gives a speech in Hong Kong May 30.

Louise Arbour gives a speech in Hong Kong May 30.

Human Rights who was named the winner of the 2016 Tang Prize in rule of law Tuesday, said she hopes that the prize will inspire young lawyers to recognize the importance of their profession.

The Tang Prize is awarded to Arbour “for her enduring contributions to international criminal justice and the protection of human rights, to promoting peace, justice and security at home and abroad, and to working within the law to expand the frontiers of freedom for all,” according to the Tang Prize citation.

Speaking to a CNA reporter in Hong Kong, the Canadian lawyer said she is “very surprised, very humbled” to have won the award.

“It’s a very inspired gesture of philanthropy. To receive this kind of recognition in the field of rule of law, for me, is the highest possible recognition for my work,” Arbour said.     [FULL  STORY]

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