New Delhi, Jul 12 (ILNS) Former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Sujata Vasant Manohar was, earlier this month, awarded the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medal of Honour, instituted by the World Jurist Association and the World Law Foundation.
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Medal of Honor, established by the World Jurist Association and presented for the first time this year, recognises the inspiring women jurists, who fight to defend and strengthen the rule of law and consolidate the society’s advances in gender equity.
This award is a tribute to eminent Jurist Ruth Bader Ginbsburg, Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of United States. Ruth Bader fought for gender equality throughout her life. She remained the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of United States from 1993 to 2020, till her death.
Along with Justice Manohar, seven other jurists – European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations Gillian Triggs, South African Supreme Court Judge Navi Pillay, International Criminal Court Vice President Luz del Carmen Ibáñez Carranza, European Court of Justice Vice President Rosario Silva de Lapuerta, Puerto Rico Supreme Court Cief Justice Maite Oronoz and National Human Rights Commission Commissioner Young Hye Kim were also felicitated with the award.
The international meeting, organised by NGOs in Madrid, was held virtually on July 5, in association with Justice Ginsburg’s daughter Jane Ginsburg, Professor at Columbia.
Justice Manohar has been quoted as saying that she met Justice Ginsburg in Washington, when she was being made an honorary bencher. She further added how she was always gracious and how her presence will be missed.
Justice Manohar has been associated with India Legal and her advice had been sought on several occasions by editors and reporters of the journal.
She enrolled as an advocate in Bombay in 1958 and was appointed a permanent Judge of the Bombay High Court in 1978. She rose to be the Chief Justice of the Court in January, 1994 and was elevated to the Supreme Court in November the same year. Justice was also the Chairperson for the committee of Judges set up by the Bombay High Court, to establish Family courts in Maharashtra.
The World Jurist Association and the World Law Foundation are non- governmental organisations, with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council. ILNS/TC/SJ/RJ/SNG