Nominations for the 2015 Bettina Pruckmayr Award
The Bettina Pruckmayr Award is presented each year to a graduating J.D. student who has
demonstrated a commitment to international human rights work. The award honors Bettina
Pruckmayr, a 1994 Law Center graduate who was murdered in December 1995 during a violent
mugging that took place near her home in Washington, D.C.
Bettina was dedicated to using her law degree to advance the public interest, particularly in the area of international human rights. She served as the Director of the World Federalist Association’s International Criminal Court Project from her graduation until her death. She also did significant public interest work while a student at the Law Center; among other things she served as chairperson of the Georgetown Law chapter of Amnesty International and co-founded the German American Law Students Association.
After Bettina’s death, a foundation was established in her memory. The purpose of the foundation is to present an annual monetary award to a student who will continue Bettina’s efforts toward the realization of international human rights. The recipient of this year’s award, selected by a committee of faculty and staff based on nominations from the Law Center community, will be announced at the annual Public Interest Proud Event on April 20, 2015 and will receive $2000. (The committee may select two recipients of the Pruckmayr Award, each of whom would then receive $1000.)
Please submit nominations for any graduating J.D. student or students to Ian M. Kysel, Human
Rights Institute Dash/Muse Fellow on or before April 1, 2015 in hard copy to Williams Law Library Room 351, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In your nomination, please indicate why you think the nominee should receive the Pruckmayr
Award. Please describe your knowledge of the individual's: demonstrated commitment to
international human rights work; specific work organizing, coordinating or participating in human
rights programs or activities; plans to continue public interest work in international human rights
beyond law school; and any other information that would be helpful to the committee in
determining the award recipient(s).