The Bettina Pruckmayr Award in Human Rights 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 Georgetown Law; among other things she served as chairperson of the Georgetown 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.

A call for nominations goes out to the campus community every Spring, and nominations can be submitted to the Human Rights Institute.

Please find the nomination form and instructions here. Nominations for the 2017 graduating class will be due in April. Nomination forms should be submitted to HRI fellow Patrick Griffith in Williams Library 357 or by email at