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.

Award Recipients

2021: Jacqueline Lewis and Jessica Doumit
2020: Rachel Finn
2019: Alicia Ceccanese & Christina LaRocca
2018: Michelle Gulino
2017: Rebecca Balis & Megan Abbot
2016: Erin Reynolds
2015: B. Shaw Drake
2014: Elizabeth Gibson
2013: Wendy Crompton
2012: Charity Ryerson
2011: Kayleen Hartman & Ian Kysel
2010: Raha Wala
2009: Shana Tabak
2008: Rebecca Shaeffer