Hague Institute Names UCLA School of Law Forum One of the World’s Top Three Justice Innovations of 2012

​Lauri Gavel
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UCLA School of Law
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UCLA Law Professor Richard H. Steinberg, editor in chief of the Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum, accepts the HiiL Innovating Justice Award at The Hague, November 2012.​
Los Angeles, CA, November 9, 2012 – UCLA School of Law’s Human Rights & International Criminal Law Online Forum has been named one of the world’s Top Three Justice Innovations of 2012 by The Hague Institute for the Internationalisation of Law (HiiL).

At a ceremony in The Hague last week, UCLA Law Professor Richard Steinberg received the award on behalf of the Sanela Diana Jenkins Human Rights Project and the International Criminal Court (ICC) Office of the Prosecutor, which collaborated in establishing the Forum. The Forum, which can be found at www.uclaforum.com, offers a unique online venue for open, global debate of cutting-edge issues facing the ICC. It features expert opinions and discussions among top international jurists, scholars and lawyers, as well as citizen activists from all over the world. The Forum’s readership spans over 120 countries.
“We are honored to have been chosen for this award,” Professor Steinberg said, “and hope that it helps shed light on important questions of global justice.”

Sanela Diana Jenkins, a business woman, philanthropist and refugee of the 1990s Balkans conflict said, “I’ve been working to promote the cause of human rights for the past decade. But there are no human rights without justice. Our work on the Forum is very important, and I’m pleased that the world’s justice community is recognizing our efforts and those of other innovators.”
In 2012, there were 39 nominees for the Innovating Justice Awards, hailing from six continents. In two weeks of online voting, The Forum received more than 15,000 votes world-wide, more than any other project.
HiiL is a research and advisory institute for the justice sector located at The Hague. Its mission is “to provide crucial knowledge to make law work for the people and their organizations.” Innovating Justice Awards is an annual event honoring projects from all over the world based on the uniqueness of the innovation, their potential impact and their sustainability. The top projects are picked through online voting and recommendations from past winners. The final winners are selected by an independent jury.

The jury consisted of jury chair Professor Anne van Aaken, Max Schmidheiny Foundation Professor for Law and Economics, Public, International and European Law; Ms. Gabriela Carina Knaul de Albuquerque, Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations; and Professor Veronica L. Taylor, Director of Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) and Director of the School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy.

In honoring the Forum, Awards Jury Chair Professor Anne van Aaken said, “The Forum is unique because it provides communication between the legal community and the international tribunal. The Forum models openness and can set an example for other institutions trying to work with national courts to help them be more open to civil society.”
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