The Prize Jury consists of a minimum of one representative for each of the six continents; Europe, Africa, Asia, North America, Latin America, and Australia. Members of the Edelstam Prize Jury are appointed in their personal capacity and not as representatives of any organization.
The Prize Jury and the Chairman of the Prize Jury are appointed for a period of two years and can be re-appointed. Membership changes over time in order to ensure the broadest possible scope of expertise, perspectives and issues. The work of the Prize Jury is of a charitable character; that is to say, no honorarium is paid.
During July 2016, the Jury will chose a laureate from the 5-20 nominations presented from the Nomination Committee.
The Prize Jury should consist of internationally, highly prominent people with various recognized experiences in the field of Human Rights. The members of the Prize Jury should be part of major networks and possess established contacts within the field of Human Rights.
Please note: All communications about the Jury should be addressed to our office in Stockholm, not to its individual members.
Chair of the Edelstam Prize Jury
Caroline Edelstam, grandchild to Ambassador Harald Edelstam and co-founder of the Edelstam Prize
Ms. Caroline Edelstam is grandchild to Ambassador Harald Edelstam and the co-founder of the Harald Edelstam Foundation (board member) and the Edelstam Prize. Ms. Caroline Edelstam has been the Secretary General for African Medical & Research Foundation (AMREF) in Sweden, from 2009 to 2011. She has previously worked at Burson-Marsteller, from 2000 to 2009 and she has experience from a number of non-profit organizations, among others the Salvation Army, The Swedish Microcredit Foundation, the Foundation Min Stora Dag and has been a member of the editorial board for the Swedish Fundraising Council’s magazine from 2008 to 2010. Ms. Caroline Edelstam is ranked at CSR i Praktiken in 2011 as one of the most influential people within the field of CSR and sustainable development in Sweden for her work at AMREF Sweden. She graduated from the American University of Paris in 2000. Caroline was born on 2nd of September 1975 in Trelleborg, Sweden.
Dr. Pascoal Mocumbi, former Prime Minster of Mozambique
Mr. Pascoal Mocumbi is the High Representative of EDCTP since March 2004. Mr. Pascoal Mocumbi is to raise the visibility of the EDCTP and gaining political support, particular within Africa, and to contribute to EDCTP’s fundraising activities. Mr. Pascoal Mocumbi became Prime Minister of the Republic of Mozambique from 1994 to 2004. Prior to that Mr. Pascoal Mocumbi headed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during eight years and the Ministry of Health for six years. Mr.Pascoal Mocumbi received his medical degree from the University of Lausanne, did his internship in Switzerland, and practiced medicine as obstetrician and gynecologist in hospitals throughout Mozambique. As Prime Minister Mr.Pascoal Mocumbi led the establishment of National AIDS Council of Mozambique to coordinate the implementation of the national response to HIV. Mr. Pascoal Mocumbi served from 1989 to 1998 in the World Health Organization’s Task Force on Health and Development and is committed to the importance of public health as an essential arm for sustainable development. Mr. Pascoal Mocumbi dedicates a special professional interest to the maternal-infantile health, having given personal contribution, while Minister of health. Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi was born on April 10th of April 1941.
Judge Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 2003
Ms. Shirin Ebadi is an Iranian lawyer, judge, lecturer, writer and activist. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her work on women’s and children’s human rights. Ms. Shirin Ebadi was Iran’s first female judge. Ms. Shirin Ebadi was forced to leave her office at the Iranian revolution in 1979. Since then, Ms. Shirin Ebadi as a lawyer defending opponents of the trials. The regime in Iran stamped Ms. Shirin Ebadi as a threat to the Islamic rule in the country. Ms. Shirin Ebadi says she sees no contradiction between Islam and fundamental human rights.
In 2001 Ms. Shirin Ebadi received Raftopriset, for her efforts and in 1996 Ms. Shirin Ebadi received the Human Rights Watch prize for human rights and legal reform in Iran. Ms. Shirin Ebadi has also visited Sweden.
In November 2009, the Nobel medal and diploma that Ms. Shirin Ebadi was awarded was confiscated by Iranian authorities together with others of her belongings. Ms. Shirin Ebadi was born on June 21st 1947 in Hamadan, Iran.
Judge Baltasar Garzón
Mr. Baltasar Garzón was a Spanish judge seated on Spain’s Central Criminal Court, the Audiencia Nacional. Mr. Baltasar Garzón was the examining magistrate of the Juzgado Central de Instrucción No. 5, which investigates the most important criminal cases in Spain, including terrorism, organised crime and money laundering. In 1993/4 Mr. Baltasar Garzón was briefly a minister in the socialist government. After Mr. Baltasar Garzón return to the Audiencia Nacional, Mr. Baltasar Garzón led a series of investigations that helped convict a Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party (PSOE) minister as head of the Grupos Antiterroristas de Liberación (GAL) state terrorist groups. Mr. Baltasar Garzón came to international attention on 10 October 1998 when he issued an international warrant for the arrest of former Chilean dictator, General Augusto Pinochet for the alleged deaths and torture of Spanish citizens. Mr. Baltasar Garzón also filed charges of genocide against Argentine military officers on the disappearance of Spanish citizens during Argentina‘s 1976-1983 dictatorship. Eventually Adolfo Scilingo and Miguel Angel Cavallo were prosecuted in separate cases. Scilingo was convicted and sentenced to over 1000 years incarceration for his crimes. Mr. Baltasar Garzón issued indictments for five Guantanamo detainees, including Spaniard Abderrahman Ahmad and United Kingdom resident Jamil El Banna. Ahmad was extradited to Spain on 14 February 2004. El Banna was repatriated to the United Kingdom, and in 2007, Mr. Baltasar Garzón dropped the charges against him on humanitarian grounds Mr. Baltasar Garzón was indicted in April 2010 for exceeding his authority when investigating crimes committed by the Franco regime that were included in an amnesty and suspended on 14 May 2010, pending trial. He has been given permission to work at the International Criminal Court in The Hague for 7 months from May 2010. Mr. Baltasar Garzón was born 26th of October 1955.
Justice Louise Arbour, former UN High Commissioner of Human Rights
Ms. Louise Arbour has served as President and CEO of the International Crisis Group since July 2009. Previously Ms. Louise Arbour acted as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2004 to 2008. Supreme Court Ms. Justice Louise Arbour is best known as a chief prosecutor for tribunals into the genocide in Rwanda and human rights abuses in Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Ms. Louise Arbour earned an international reputation for courage and tenacity and gained the respect of United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, as well as human rights groups around the world. Ms. Louis Arbour was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999. Ms. Louise Arbour has received honorary doctorates from some thirty Universities and numerous medals and awards and is a member of many distinguished professional societies and organizations. Ms. Louise Arbour is also an advisor to the Belinda Stronach Foundation. In June 2009, Ms. Louise Arbour became Grande Officière de l’Ordre national du Québec. In 2010, Ms. Louise Arbour received the Colombian Order of National Merit, Grand Cross class and was named Commander of the French Legion of Honour. Ms. Louise Arbour was born on February 10th 1947 in Montreal, Quebec and has three children.
Dr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, former first Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
Luis Moreno-Ocampo was the first Prosecutor (June 2003–June 2012) of the new and permanent International Criminal Court. His office was involved in twenty of the most serious crises of the 21st century including Iraq, Korea, Afghanistan, and Palestine. He conducted investigations in seven different countries, presenting charges against Muammar Gaddafi for crimes against humanity committed in Libya, the President of the Sudan Omar Al Bashir for genocide in Darfur, the former President of Ivory Coast Laurent Gbagbo, Joseph Kony, and the former Vice President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Jean Pierre Bemba. Previously, Moreno-Ocampo played a crucial role during the transition to democracy in Argentina, as the deputy prosecutor in the “Junta trial” in 1985 and the Prosecutor in the trial against a military rebellion in 1991. He was a Visiting Professor at Stanford University, Harvard University, and “Distinguished Visiting Fellow” at New York University Law School. After the end of his tenure as ICC Prosecutor, Moreno-Ocampo was the chairman of the World Bank Expert Panel on the Padma Bridge project. He is now in private practice at a New York law firm and Senior Fellow, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University.
Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights
Mr. Philip Alston is the John Norton Pomeroy Professor of Law at New York University. From 2004 to 2010 he was UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions and undertook official fact-finding missions to: Sri Lanka, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Philippines, Israel, Lebanon, Albania, Kenya, Brazil, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, the United States, Albania and Ecuador. He was a member of the Group of Experts on Darfur appointed in 2007 by the UN Human Rights Council, and was Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the Millennium Development Goals from 2002 to 2008. He chaired the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights for eight years until 1998, and at the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights Mr. Philip Alston was elected to chair the first meeting of the Presidents and Chairs of all of the international human rights courts and committees (including the European and American Human Rights Courts and the African Commission). He was UNICEF’s legal adviser throughout the period of the drafting of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child and directed a major project funded by the European Commission, which resulted in the publication of a Human Rights Agenda for the European Union for the Year 2000.