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May 11, 2012

Kathryn Sikkink Receives Robert F. Kennedy Book Award

Kathryn Sikkink, University of Minnesota Regents Professor and Human Rights Program Advisory Board Chair, has been named winner of the 2012 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for The Justice Cascade: How Human Rights Prosecutions Changed World Politics.

Offered by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, the award recognizes a book which "most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy's purposes - his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity."

Having chosen Sikkink's book top among more than 90 nominations, Selection Panel Chair John Seigenthaler said, "Sikkink...has provided readers with compelling evidence that the cause of human rights finally is taking hold in the international community. She documents a trend clearly demonstrating that tyrannical dictators who, in the past, murdered, brutalized, and imprisoned citizen-dissidents and political opponents with impunity, now more frequently face criminal prosecutions and punishment. The result: Justice, once routinely vagrant and still often delayed now finds both traction and viability."

Professor Sikkink is slated to receive the award from Ethel Kennedy at a ceremony on Thursday, May 24, at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, DC.

We celebrate with Kathryn as she joins the ranks of previous award winners and distinguished authors, Vice President Al Gore, Congressman John Lewis, Taylor Branch, Toni Morrison, Jonathon Kozol, and Michael Lewis.