International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)


Founded1952 in Berlin, now based in Geneva
In their own words"dedicated to the primacy, coherence and implementation of international law and principles that advance human rights....What distinguishes the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) is its impartial, objective and authoritative legal approach to the protection and promotion of human rights through the rule of law."



  • The International Secretariat is responsible for decision-making, assisted by 97 autonomous national sections and affiliated organizations in 70 countries.
  • Membership of sixty jurists representing different legal systems and “efforts in the development, promotion and clarification of international (human rights) standards.”
  • Major funders include Austria, Finland, Cyprus, Britain, Sweden, the French Prime Minister’s office, the Greek minister of justice’s office as well as other sources such as Ireland aid and the Tapei bar.
  • European Human Rights Prize by the Council of Europe and the United Nations Award for Human Rights.

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