Human Rights Award

The Human Rights Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of human rights and/or the promotion of the rule of law provincially, nationally or internationally. The award will be granted for devotion to the advancement of human rights and the rule of law over a long term or for a single outstanding act of service. Unless there are reasons to proceed otherwise, the award will be granted to one individual every two years.

Award criteria to be met by recipient 

The criteria for the award are as follows:

  1. Must demonstrate an outstanding contribution to human rights and/or the promotion of the rule of law where the service is in accordance with the highest ideals of the legal profession; and
  2. Must not have received the award previously.

The award, in consultation with the proposed recipient's family/next of kin, may be granted posthumously.

Nomination process

Nominations for the awards should include:

  • A letter of nomination setting out the reasons for the nomination and background information on the nominee's outstanding service and achievements as they relate to the award,
  • A current curriculum vitae, and
  • Letters of support from other members of the Law Society or the public supporting the nomination.

Nominations are encouraged for members from all communities, practice areas, firm sizes, and regions across the province. 

Please send nominations by email to or by mail as follows:

Human Rights Award Selection Committee
c/o Ekua Quansah
The Law Society of Upper Canada
130 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 2N6

Selection Committee 

The award recipient will be selected by Convocation of the Law Society of Upper Canada.   

Recognition of Recipient

The award will be presented at a Law Society of Upper Canada Rule of Law event.