Awards Competitions




Professor Roza Pati (center) & Representatives of LL.M. Class 2010-2011



The Siegfried Wiessner Intercultural Human Rights Essay Award


SPONSORS: The alumni and friends of the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights

PURPOSE: In honor and recognition of the distinguished lifetime work of Professor Siegfried Wiessner, founder and director of the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, and his unmatched devotion to the program, to human rights, and to a world order of human dignity, seeking to promote understanding and continuing advancement in the field of human rights, the alumni and friends of the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights are pleased to establish the Siegfried Wiessner Intercultural Human Rights Essay Award.

AMOUNT: The Siegfried Wiessner Intercultural Human Rights Essay Award will consist of three prizes:
  • The First Prize Winner will receive an award in the amount of $3,000, and the winning essay will be considered for publication.
  • The Second Prize Winner will receive an award in the amount of $1,500.
  • The Third Prize Winner will receive an award in the amount of $500.

REQUIREMENTS: Prizes will be awarded on the basis of an essay contest. Qualifying essays must address issues regarding international law and human rights, using the intellectual framework of policy-oriented jurisprudence. The essays must comprise at least 5,000 words, including footnotes.

ELIGIBILITY: All students currently enrolled in the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights are eligible to apply for the award.

PROCEDURE: Applicants will submit their essays directly to the Administrative Assistant of the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights by January 31. Late submissions will not be accepted. The award recipients will be selected by an Award Committee based on an evaluation of the academic quality and originality of each applicant’s essay. The awards will be announced on February 26.

AWARD COMMITTEE: The Award Committee will be comprised of a member of the program faculty, Professor Dr. iur. Roza Pati, Professor of Law and Executive Director of the LL.M./J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, and three graduates of the program. The selection of the winning essays rests solely with the Award Committee, and cannot be appealed.






SPONSORS:
Professor Dr. Amy Ronner and Dr. Michael Pacin

PURPOSE:
Provide financial assistance to LL.M. IHR students who show evidence of helping solve problems of society and individuals in line with principles of therapeutic jurisprudence and social justice.

AMOUNT:
The Professor Dr. Amy Ronner and Dr. Michael Pacin Therapeutic Jurisprudence Award will consist of three prizes:
The First Prize Winner will receive an award in the amount of $2,500. Two Second Prize Winners will receive an award in the amount of $1,250.

REQUIREMENTS:
Prizes will be awarded on the basis of an essay contest. Qualifying essays must show an understanding of the therapeutic jurisprudence and address issues evidencing students’ contribution and service before and/or after their enrollment in the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights. Applicants are encouraged to submit any supporting materials they might have, such as recognition and /or appreciation certificates, letters of appreciation etc.

ELIGIBILITY:
All full-time students currently enrolled in the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights are eligible to apply for the award.

PROCEDURE:
Applicants will submit their essays by email to the Administrative Assistant of the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, Ms. Haydee Gonzalez, by a certain date that will be notified later. Late submissions will not be accepted.

AWARD COMMITTEE:
The Award Committee will be comprised of the donors of the award, Professor Dr. Amy Ronner and Dr. Michael Pacin, as well as the directors of the LL.M./ J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, Professor Dr. Siegfried Wiessner and Professor Dr. Roza Pati. The selection of the winning essays rests solely with the Award Committee, and cannot be appealed.




SPONSOR:

This educational scholarship is established in memory of Arya Laghaie by his family and friends, as well as alumni and faculty of St. Thomas University Law School. 

PURPOSE:
An alumn of the Master of Laws Program in Intercultural Human Rights, Arya Laghaie was a young man who tragically lost his life in a hit and run accident, in the town where he was volunteering to assist indigenous peoples. The purpose of this scholarship is to carry on Arya’s work in providing services to indigenous communities and his aspiration for indigenous peoples’ rights.  It is awarded annually to two or three graduate students currently enrolled in the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law, who demonstrate outstanding knowledge of and commitment to the cause of indigenous peoples’ rights, or who have already provided substantial support to indigenous communities. 

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT:
The Arya Laghaie Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Scholarship, is an annual scholarship of $1,500.00. This amount may be awarded to one (or split equally among two) student(s) at the sponsor’s discretion.  The award amount will be credited directly to St. Thomas University student account of the winner(s). Those winners who have already paid off their dues will receive a check by the business office.  

TYPE OF SCHOLARSHIP:
The Arya Laghaie Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Scholarship will be awarded annually on the basis of a competitive essay, as described below, or proof of service to indigenous communities.  Deadlines for filing will be established by the St. Thomas University School of Law LL.M. IHR Program.

SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE:
The Scholarship Committee will consist of four members:  (1) Mr. Robert Laghaie; (2) Dr. Roya Laghaie; (3) Dr. Siegfried Wiessner, Professor of Law and Director, LL.M./ J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, St. Thomas University School of Law ; and (4) Dr. Roza Pati, Professor of Law and Executive Director, LL.M./ J.S.D. Program in Intercultural Human Rights, St. Thomas University School of Law.  The committee shall select the students, whose essay application will be the most worthy of receiving the scholarship.  The decision of the committee cannot be appealed.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS:
Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
  1. Be a full-time student currently enrolled in the Intercultural Human Rights LL.M. Program at St. Thomas University School of Law;    
  2. Be in good academic standing at the time of application for the Arya Laghaie Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Scholarship;
  3. Complete a formal application for the Arya Laghaie Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Scholarship which includes (i) the applicant’s resume (ii) a statement evidencing the applicant’s past  service to indigenous communities or (iii) an essay of no more than 2000 words on general or specific aspect of law or policy regarding the rights of indigenous peoples.





SPONSOR: Donors of this award kindly offer an educational scholarship to eligible graduate students currently enrolled in the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights at St. Thomas University School of Law.

PURPOSE:
Family and friends of Mrs. Vitore Marku, a survivor of an Eastern Europe totalitarian regime, have established this annual scholarship in her memory. She passed away prematurely having procured mesothelioma in her job environment. The purpose of this scholarship is to support a meritorious and needy LL.M. IHR student who demonstrates knowledge of issues relating to the concept of health as a human right.

AWARD AMOUNT:
The Vitore Marku Right to Health Award is an annual scholarship of $ 500 awarded to one student. The award amount will be credited directly to the winner’ St. Thomas University student account.

TYPE OF AWARD:
The Vitore Marku Right to Health Award will be awarded annually on the basis of a competitive short essay, as described below, and a short personal statement evidencing financial need. Deadlines for filing will be established by the St. Thomas University School of Law LL.M. IHR Program. Late submissions will not be accepted.
  
AWARD COMMITTEE: The Award Committee will consist of three members: (1) Mrs. Vasilika Brokaj; (2) Professor Dr. Siegfried Wiessner (3) Professor Dr. Roza Pati. The committee shall select the student most worthy of receiving this award. The decision of the committee will be final.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS: Eligible applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
  1. Be a current student enrolled full-time in the Intercultural Human Rights LL.M. Program at St. Thomas University School of Law;
  2. Complete a formal application for the Vitore Marku Right to Health Award which includes (i) a confidential personal statement of financial need and (ii) a competitive essay of no more than 500 words applying the right to health as a human right to a particular fact situation or health issue.





SPONSOR:
Dr. Mark Kielsgard, Esq., and his wife Ms. Tamara L. Crouch, Esq., are well-known criminal law attorneys. Mr. Kielsgard graduated from the LL.M. and the J.S.D. Programs in Intercultural Human Rights, and presently teaches at the School of Law, City University of Hong Kong.

PURPOSE:
To facilitate the education, training, and scholarship of human rights advocates, activists, educators, and students.

AMOUNT:
The Crouch & Kielsgard Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship to assist a student enrolled in the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights with the cost of tuition, fees, and, if necessary, housing expenses.

REQUIREMENTS:
The scholarship shall be awarded based upon the applicant's demonstrated commitment to the struggle for an international order of human dignity. This commitment shall be determined based upon the applicant's efforts prior to attending the LL.M. program as well as his or her plans after graduation. Secondly, the scholarship shall be need-based, with special consideration given to students from developing nations in recognition of the particular hardships they bear in attending the LL.M. program. Finally, consideration will be given to academic scholarship as determined by the selection committee based upon the applicant's performance in the LL.M. program. The applicants will have to write an essay reflecting these requirements, and must also attach a current C.V.

ELIGIBILITY:
Applicants must be full-time students currently enrolled in the St. Thomas University School of Law LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights.

PROCEDURE:
Students will submit their applications to the administrative assistant of the LL.M. Program in Intercultural Human Rights according to the requirements listed above and by a designated deadline. No late applications will be accepted. The scholarship will be awarded prior to the end of the first semester.

AWARD COMMITTEE:
The selection committee shall be comprised of Professor Dr. iur. Siegfried Wiessner, Professor Dr. iur. Roza Pati, Tamara L. Crouch, Esq. and Dr. Mark D. Kielsgard.