As part of its mission to foster ethical leadership around the world, the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence presents the Inamori Ethics Prize Ceremony annually to an individual who has demonstrated exemplary ethical leadership. The Inamori Ethics Prize honors outstanding international ethical leaders whose actions and influence have greatly improved the condition of humankind.
The prize was first awarded in 2008 to Francis S. Collins, a physician-geneticist and leader of the Human Genome Project. The most recent recipient is 2020 winner Judge Silvia Alejandra Fernández de Gurmendi, a leading figure in international justice, humanitarian law, and human rights and the first woman to serve as president of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
The Inamori Ethics Prize carries with it a monetary award, which is intended to support the recipient’s ongoing work. Each year’s recipient is conferred the prize at Case Western Reserve University, where he or she also delivers a public lecture about his or her work and the challenges that lie ahead. Events include but are not limited to an Academic Symposium and Ceremony/Recipient Lecture.
The 2020 Inamori Ethics Prize ceremony and symposium for Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi will be held on campus of Case Western Reserve University on September 23 and 24, 2021. The closing symposium will be the opening event for the School of Law's Cox Center International Law Conference which will be held September 24 and 25.