The names of the 2007 Balzan Prize winners were announced today in a public event:
The Balzan Prize for Humanity, Peace and Brotherhood among Peoples was awarded to Karlheinz B hm, founder of the humanitarian organization Menschen fr Menschen (Humans for Humans).
The profiles of the winners and the motivations of the awards were presented by several members of Balzan's General Prize Committee.
Luzius Wildhaber (former President of the European Court of Human Rights, Professor Emeritus of International, Constitutional and Comparative Law at the University of Basle) justified the assignment of the Balzan Prize for International Law since 1945 to Rosalyn Higgins as follows: "for her outstanding contributions to the development of international law since the Second World War and her role as an academic, judge and Court President; for her clear, constructive as well as innovative and groundbreaking books, writings, articles and court decisions in defence of the rule of law and human rights; for her leading role in strengthening and enlarging modern international law".
Karlheinz Stierle (member of the Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften, Professor Emeritus of Romance literature at the University of Constance and Corresponding Fellow of the Acadmie des Sciences morales et politiques, Paris) justified the assignment of the Prize for European Literature (1000-1500) to Michel Zink as follows: "for his fundamental contributions to the understanding of French and Occitan litera
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