In accordance with Article 2 of the articles of association of the Praemium Erasmianum Foundation concerning the annual award of one or more prizes to honour individuals or organizations whose contributions in the cultural, social or social science fields have been of outstanding importance to Europe, His Royal Highness Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands confirmed the decision of the Board of the Foundation to award the Praemium Erasmianum for the year nineteen eighty nine to The International Commission of Jurists.

The prize is being awarded to the International Commission of Jurists because

  • the ICJ does its utmost to foster the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession throughout the world;
  • the ICJ is unrelenting in its efforts to support national networks of jurists in order to defend and strengthen the ‘Rule of Law’;
  • the ICJ, notably in the Third World, provides knowledge and resources, through training and education to people and organisations defending the rights of the poor and deprived, thus enabling them to act more effectively;
  • the ICJ plays an important role in drafting and elaborating texts of international treaties in the field of human rights and makes a point of supervising enforcement of existing treaties;
  • the ICJ contributes to promoting and protecting human rights where these are in grave jeopardy through the delegation of research missions and publication of findings;
  • the quality and the objectivity of the ICJ is beyond all doubt, so that the ICJ has proved itself a worthy representative of the Erasmus tradition.