Thomas Buergenthal Scholarships, which cover full or partial tuition, are awarded to foreign LL.M. students on the basis of academic merit and financial need. The amount of the award is determined by the International Graduate Programs Office.
A child of the Holocaust who became a world leader in the pursuit of justice, Judge Buergenthal co-authored the first international human rights law textbook in the United States and is the author of more than 20 books on human rights. He recently published A Lucky Child: A Memoir of Surviving Auschwitz as a Young Boy. As judge and president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, he helped end the practice of disappearances in Honduras and helped secure the government of Guatemala’s compliance with a Court order ending executions of human rights activists by special tribunals. He would later become a judge on the International Court of Justice and also hold other important positions, such as the first U.S. member elected to the UN Human Rights Committee, a judge on the Inter-American Development Bank's Administrative Tribunal, and a member of the United Nations Truth Commission for El Salvador. He is currently a member of the Ethics Commission of the International Olympic Committee and the honorary president of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in San Jose, Costa Rica. In 2008, he was the co-recipient of the 2008 Gruber Prize for Justice for his contributions to the promotion and protection of human rights; upon receiving the award, he established a scholarship fund to support law students.
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