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Ginsburg honored for international achievement


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A UI professor of law and of political science was among four people recognized April 2 with 2007 international-achievement awards. Thomas B. Ginsburg received the Sheth Distinguished Faculty Award for International Achievement.

The distinguished faculty award, established in 2002, acknowledges notable faculty members who have participated in international activities. Recipients are recognized for their contributions through teaching, research and public engagement.

Ginsburg, the 2007 recipient, is an alumnus of the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his undergraduate, law and doctoral degrees. He has a visiting appointment at the University of Chicago Law School.

Ginsburg’s book “Judicial Review in New Democracies” (Cambridge University Press), won the American Political Science Association’s C. Herman Pritchett Award for best book on law and courts in 2004. He serves as a co-director of the Cline Center’s Comparative Constitutions Project, and has worked extensively on constitutional and judicial reform projects abroad.

Other recipients:

  • Kandeh K. Yumkella, director-general of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, received the UI’s 2007 Madhuri and Jagdish N. Sheth International Alumni Award for Exceptional Achievement. Yumkella returned to campus to receive the award and delivered a lecture on global efforts to end poverty and hunger in the world’s poorest countries.
    Yumkella is the former Minister of Trade, Industry and State Enterprises for his country of origin, Sierra Leone. With more than 20 years of experience in international development, he is recognized internationally for his leadership involving initiatives to encourage sustainable growth in the developing world.
    The Sheth international alumni award recognizes alumni who are highly distinguished in their profession and who have helped their nation or the world by their contributions to government, humanity, science, art or human welfare. The award is jointly sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, and International Programs and Studies.

  • Dr. Peter J. Rohloff, executive director of Wuqu’ Kawoq, an organization that provides health care in Guatemala, received the Charles C. Stewart International Young Humanitarian Award and the Illinois International Graduate Achievement Award.
    The humanitarian award, sponsored by the university’s associate provost for international affairs, recognizes the accomplishments of young alumni considered to be international humanitarians.
    The graduate award acknowledges a university graduate student whose international research or service, experienced through their UI-affiliated international experience, has had the greatest impact or potential impact on the university or the larger community.

  • Sara Gibbs, a senior from Kell, Ill., majoring in international studies, received the Illinois International Undergraduate Achievement award.

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