The Canadian section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) has selected Professor Penelope Simons as the recipient of the 2018 Walter S. Tarnopolsky Award, citing her “background and commitment as an individual who has made a significant contribution to human rights.”
The Tarnopolsky Award annually recognizes a resident of Canada who has made an outstanding contribution to human rights, domestically or internationally. Throughout her career, Professor Simons has strived to find ways to use law to address corporate complicity in human rights abuses. Through her work, she has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to human rights and the rule of law. Her groundbreaking publications, and her active efforts to bring access to justice to vulnerable people through her human rights activism, distinguish her as a true defender of global human rights. She continues to challenge the status quo and to pursue accountability for corporations and recompense for victims, both at the domestic and international levels. As a pioneer in the field of business and human rights, she is a worthy addition to the distinguished list of Walter S. Tarnopolsky Award winners.
Walter S. Tarnopolsky was a renowned legal scholar, judge, and human rights advocate who was a pioneer in the development of human rights law and civil liberties in Canada. The award named in his honour will be presented to Professor Simons at the World Court for Human Rights Conference, hosted at the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC) on October 31.
Previous winners of the award include Jennifer Bond (2016), and Errol Mendes (2006).
Congratulations to Professor Simons!