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Judge Taghrid Hikmet to Receive Sandra Day O’Connor Medal of Honor at Seton Hall University School of Law


Newark, NJ – In recognition of her achievements as Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, United Nations (ICTR), and the High Criminal Court of Jordan, the Seton Hall Law Women’s Law Forum will honor Taghrid Hikmet with the 13th Annual Sandra Day O’Connor Medal of Honor at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 23 at Seton Hall University School of Law, One Newark Center, Newark NJ. Judge Hikmet will deliver a speech on her work with the ICTR as well as her work on human rights initiatives and field questions from the audience.

The first female judge in Jordan, and the first Arab, Muslim woman to serve as a judge for the ICTR, a court created under the auspices of the United Nations’ Security Council, Judge Hikmet will be honored for her national and international leadership in advocating for human rights and combating violence against women and children.

Judge Hikmet served initially as Assistant of the Prosecutor General, then as a Judge on the Court of Appeal, and now as a Judge on the High Criminal Court and Judge of the ICTR, United Nations. Prior to serving as a judge, she was a lawyer before Jordanian civil and criminal courts, the head of an educational institute in Amman, and a teacher in Jordanian schools. Judge Hikmet is a consultant for the Jordanian Center for Human Rights Studies, the chairwoman of the Higher Committee for the Election of the Jordanian National Committees for Women, and the President of the Family Protection Project in Jordan. She has also served as a member of the Jordanian International Assembly to the International Criminal Court, and has chaired various committees on human rights issues. Judge Hikmet is a graduate of Damascus University, having received both a B.A. in Law and an M.A. in General International Law.

Judge Hikmet has received numerous awards for her application of domestic and international law to staunch the continuation of war and domestic violence. Judge Hikmet was awarded a United Nations Human Rights prize in 2003, in recognition of her work on the Family Protection Project, an initiative advocating for the rights of women and children. She was also a 2007 recipient of the American Society of International Law’s “Prominent Women in International Law Award.”

Through the bestowal of this award, the Seton Hall Law Women’s Forum celebrates the success of all women in the law and acknowledge the importance of “equality under the law.” Named after Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the award honors women who have distinguished themselves in the fields of law and public service. Former recipients include Justice O’Connor, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Christine Todd Whitman, Judge Maryanne Trump Barry, and Elaine Jones.

The ceremony is free and open to the public; a cocktail reception will follow. For reservations please contact [email protected].

The award presentation is sponsored by the Women’s Law Forum, Seton Hall Law Review, Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Criminal Law Society, International Law Society, Family Law Society, Courtroom Advocates Project and the Muslim Law Students Association.

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Michael Ricciardelli
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Janet Lemonnier
Director of Communications
Office: 973-642-8583
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March 17, 2010