Alice Hartman Henkin ’54 and her late husband, Louis, won the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award on Dec. 10, 2010. The award, which was established in 1998 by President Clinton to honor U.S. citizens who advocate for human rights, was awarded to the couple for their lifelong commitment to advocating human rights both domestically and internationally.
One of six women to graduate from Yale Law School in 1957, Henkin served for three decades as the director of the Justice and Society Program at the Aspen Institute, helped train more than 300 judges in international human-rights law, and helped shape U.S. policies on human rights and international law. Henkin accepted the award from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The award was also given to her late husband, who was an advisor at the United Nations and refuted the idea that a government could invoke national sovereignty to justify denying the inherent rights of its citizens.