Protection of Lawyers | 24.09.2018

Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize 2018 Awarded to Iranian Lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh

On September 21, 2018, the Jury of the Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize awarded the 23th Prize to Ms. Nasrin Sotoudeh, an Iranian lawyer and human rights defender, who has been detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison since June 13, 2018.

Ms Sotoudeh has dedicated her life to the defence of political prisoners as well as women and children who are victims of human rights violations. Recently, she represented some of the women who were arrested and prosecuted for peacefully protesting against the compulsory veiling in Iran.

Because of her work as a lawyer, and her commitment to human rights and to the independence of the legal profession, Ms Sotoudeh has repeatedly suffered harassment, intimidation, imprisonment, as well as a ban on practising law.


A special mention of the Jury of the Ludovic Trarieux Human Rights Prize was also awarded to the Diyarbakir Bar Association (Diyarbakir Barosu).


The Ludovic Trarieux Prize

Created in 1984, the "Ludovic Trarieux International Human Rights Prize,” named after a French lawyer and politician, is the oldest reward given to a lawyer.

This award, "given by lawyers to lawyers,” is granted to a lawyer “who throughout his career has illustrated, by his activity or his suffering, the defence of human rights, the promotion of defence rights, the supremacy of law, and the struggle against racism and intolerance in any form.” It is awarded based on suggestions from human rights NGOs, lawyers’ associations and bar associations from all over the world.