Past Recipients

2017: Justice Stephen G. Breyer

Stephen G. Breyer, Associate Justice, was born in San Francisco, California, August 15, 1938. He married Joanna Hare in 1967, and has three children – Chloe, Nell, and Michael. He received an A.B. from Stanford University, a B.A. from Magdalen College, Oxford, and an LL.B. from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Justice Arthur Goldberg of the Supreme Court of the United States during the 1964 Term, as a Special Assistant to the Assistant U.S. Attorney General for Antitrust, 1965–1967, as an Assistant Special Prosecutor of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, 1973, as Special Counsel of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, 1974–1975, and as Chief Counsel of the committee, 1979–1980. He was an Assistant Professor, Professor of Law, and Lecturer at Harvard Law School, 1967–1994, a Professor at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, 1977–1980, and a Visiting Professor at the College of Law, Sydney, Australia and at the University of Rome. From 1980–1990, he served as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and as its Chief Judge, 1990–1994. He also served as a member of the Judicial Conference of the United States, 1990–1994, and of the United States Sentencing Commission, 1985–1989. President Clinton nominated him as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, and he took his seat August 3, 1994.


2016: Martti Ahtisaari
2015: Lori Fisler Damrosch
2014: Aryeh Neier
2013: Dr. Shirin Ebadi
2012: M. Cherif Bassiouni
2011: George J. Mitchell
2010: Jerome A. Cohen
2009: James Crawford
2008: Antônio Augusto Cançado Trindade
2007: Justice Sandra Day O’Connor
2007: Antonio Cassese
2006: Ian Brownlie
2005: Richard N. Gardner
2004: Giuliano Amato
2003: Harold Hongju Koh
2002: Hans Blix
2001: Louise Arbour
2000: Hon. Gabrielle Kirk McDonald
1999: Thomas Franck
1998: Stephen M. Schwebel
1997: Conrad K. Harper
1996: James A. Baker III
1995: Boutros Boutros-Ghali
1994: Max M. Kampelman
1993: Michael H. Posner
1992: John J. Jackson
1991: Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan
1990: John N. Hazard
1989: Thomas Buergenthal
1988: John R. Stevenson
1987: Keith Highet
1986: Louis Henkin
1985: Hon. Rosalyn Higgins
1984: Tommy Koh
1983: Oscar Schachter
1982: Maxwell Cohen
1981: Telford Taylor
1980: Alona E. Evans
1979: Hardy C. Dillard
1978: Willis M Reese
1977: Arthur H. Dean
1976: Oliver S. Lissitzyn
1975: Philip C. Jessup