Prize | 23.10.2018

2018 UIA Rule of Law in Cooperation with LexisNexis Awarded to Honourable Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On October 19, 2018, in Washington D.C., the Honourable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, received the 2018 UIA Rule of Law Award in cooperation with LexisNexis, from Mr. Pedro Pais de Almeida, UIA President.

With this Award, UIA intends to celebrate Justice Ginsburg’s strong and unfailing commitment to strengthening the Rule of Law in the United States as well as her incessant efforts to achieve constitutional equality for women. As an organisation committed to the international exchange of information and ideas among lawyers, UIA also expresses by this award its recognition and appreciation for Justice Ginsburg’s commitment to internationalism in the law.

UIA President Pedro Pais de Almeida stated that “ firstly as a lawyer and later as a judge, Justice Ginsburg’s strong will and focused perseverance on issues relating to gender equality and Rule of Law are an example not only for American lawyers, but for the international legal community as well. It is a great pleasure and an immense honour for UIA to celebrate, through this Award, her exceptional career and broadly acclaimed achievements”.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice, was born in Brooklyn, New York, March 15, 1933. She married Martin D. Ginsburg in 1954, and has a daughter, Jane, and a son, James. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, attended Harvard Law School, and received her LL.B. from Columbia Law School. She served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edmund L. Palmieri, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, from 1959–1961. From 1961–1963, she was a research associate and then associate director of the Columbia Law School Project on International Procedure. She was a Professor of Law at Rutgers University School of Law from 1963–1972, and Columbia Law School from 1972–1980, and a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California from 1977–1978. In 1971, she was instrumental in launching the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served as the ACLU’s General Counsel from 1973–1980, and on the National Board of Directors from 1974–1980. She was appointed a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 1980. President Clinton nominated her as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and she took her seat August 10, 1993.

Justice Ginsburg’s video remarks to the UIA for the Rule of Law Award

Recorded: 10-18-2018
Run Time:  17:35
This video is being provided to UIA for the purposes of being shown at its conference in Portugal on Tuesday, October 30 and for posting on UIA’s website. The video may not be used for fundraising, marketing, or promotional purposes, or in any way which might suggest endorsement


The UIA Rule of Law Award in cooperation with LexisNexis

The UIA Rule of Law Award was established in 2016 in cooperation with LexisNexis to recognize outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Rule of Law, particularly within the legal community. Since its creation, it has been awarded successively to the Malaysian Bar, in 2016, and to Mr. Saidbek Nuritdinov, President of the Union of Advocates of the Republic of Tajikistan, in 2017.