Hague Prize presented to Dame Rosalyn Higgins


The Hague Prize was presented to Dame Rosalyn Higgins former President of the International Court of Justice. The ceremony was attended by H.R.H. Queen Beatrix and the mayor of The Hague, mr. van Aartsen.

The prize is awarded to Rosalyn Higgins because of her extraordinary contribution to the study and practice of international law. For more than 50 years she has distinguished herself as a legal scholar, barrister, judge, arbitrator and president of the International Court of Justice in The Hague. Higgins was the first female judge to be appointed to the ICJ, and was elected President in 2006. Her term of office expired on 6 February 2009. She was succeeded as President by Judge Hisashi Owada, and Sir Christopher Greenwood was elected in her place as Judge in the International Court of Justice.
The Hague Prize for International Law is awarded by The Hague Prize Foundation. Eligible candidates for nomination are individuals and/or organizations who have made – through publications or achievements in the practice of law – a special contribution to the development of public international law, private international law or to the advancement of the rule of law in the world. The prize consists of a special medal, a certificate and a monetary award of EUR 50,000.