On 6 February 2006, the Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. Award was presented to Dr. Bertrand Ramcharan by the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
This event was hold at Rutgers (State University of New Jersey)- School of Law-Camden, USA.
Dr. Ramcharan then presented a lecture entitled, “Challenges to the Protection of Human Rights.”
Born in Guyana, Dr. Ramcharan had a distinguished three decades career working on human rights issues at the United Nations, which culminated in his appointment as Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2003-2004. Since his retirement from the United Nations, he has been Chancellor of the University of Guyana and has taught Human Rights in Sweden and the Netherlands. He is a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln’s Inn in London and holds a doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science. In addition to numerous articles, he has written or edited 25 books on the United Nations, Human rights and the International Law Commission.
Dr. Ramcharan was awarded the award for his extraordinary contributions to the United Nations and the promotion and protection of human rights.
The Brennan Award, made possible again this year by a generous grant from the Paul D. Schurgot Foundation, is presented to a non-American lawyer or judge who has made a notable contribution toward establishing or defending human rights and the rule of law.