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Inamori Ethics Prize

Case Western Reserve University Awards 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize to Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Mary Robinson

The Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University has named global human rights, health care, sustainability and corporate responsibility advocate Mary Robinson the recipient of the 2009 Inamori Ethics Prize. A former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Robinson was also the first female president of Ireland and helped change the face of Anglo-Irish relations there. Robinson is one of twelve members of Nelson Mandela’s organization, The Elders. Mandela says of this group, "Together we will work to support courage where there is fear, foster agreement where there is conflict, and inspire hope where there is despair." Robinson is known most recently for her work with Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative. She founded the nonprofit to promote equitable trade, humane practices in the work environment, corporate responsibility and women’s leadership.

The Inamori Ethics Prize was first awarded in 2008, when Dr. Francis S. Collins, a physician-geneticist and leader of the Human Genome Project, was recognized at Case Western Reserve.

After being presented with the Inamori Ethics Prize, President Robinson will give a public lecture on "New Challenges to Human Rights in the 21st Century" at 12:30PM on September 9, 2009 in Severance Hall.