The international commission of jurists has during its prestigious history received a number of leading international human rights awards recognising its legal contribution to the promotion and development of international human rights standards and practice.

The ICJ was awarded the first European Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe in 1980, the Wateler Peace Prize by the Carnegie Foundation in 1984, the Erasmus Prize by the Paremium Erasmianum Foundation in 1989, and the United Nations Award for Human Rights in 1993.

The ICJ was also designated in 1987 as a Peace Messenger by the United Nations General Assembly as part of its International Year of Peace. The ICJ holds consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the Council of Europe, and the African Union. The ICJ also maintains cooperative relations with various bodies of the Organization of American States.

Last but not least, the ICJ is one of the 10 Jury member organizations of the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.