Rules and Regulations concerning the 3rd Oświęcim Award for Human Rights of John Paul II
Chapter I: The Award
1. The Oświęcim Award for Human Rights of John Paul II, later referred to as the Award is organized by the Award's Board of Trustees, established as a result of cooperation between Collegium Vigrense Foundation and the Jagiellonian University.
2. The Board consists of the following members: Prof. Karol Musioł (the Head of the Board), Cardinal Franciszek Macharski, Mr. Waldemar Rataj and Prof. Andrzej Zoll.
3. The Award is given to the people who have distinguished themselves in the area of human rights understood according to the teachings of John Paul II. It aims to encourage reflection and promote the philosophy and anthropology of John Paul II in the public sphere. The Award cannot be given posthumously.
4. The Award is honorary in its character. The prizewinner receives a diploma and a sculpture made of silver, depicting a reed. No financial gratification is given.
5. The Award is given once in two years.
Chapter II: The Contest
1. The prizewinners are determined in three stages.
2. During the first stage, the Board appoints the Selection Committee, consisting of people whose academic work and activity in the public sphere entitles them to act as experts judging the eligibility of candidates. Each member of the Selection Committee has a right to nominate a maximum of two candidates for the Award, providing a short written justification of the choice. The Committee member must present the candidates before a given deadline, or his or her chance to do this will be lost.
3. During the second stage, the Board appoints the Chapter of the Award, i.e. the Jury, which consists of internationally distinguished eminent public figures. All the candidatures put forward by the Selection Committee are presented to the Chapter. Each member of the Chapter can vote for only one candidate, with no obligation to justify his or her choice. The members of the Chapter cannot cast their votes for candidates from outside the list presented by the Selection Committee.
4. During the third stage, the Board makes the final decision on who receives the Award, based on the results of the ballot by the members of the Chapter. The Board reserves the right to choose more than one winner.
5. The decision made according to this procedure cannot be appealed against.
6. The Award cannot be given to a member of the Board, the Selection Committee, or the Chapter.
7. The members of the Selection Committee and the Chapter are appointed by the Board every time the Contest is organized. After being appointed, they cannot be dismissed before the Award winner is chosen.
8. The members of the Board, the Selection Committee and the Chapter are not paid for performing their duties.
Chapter III: The Service
1. The organizational service of the Award winner selection process is provided by the organization office, located in the Rector's Office at ul. Gołębia 24, 31-007 Kraków.
2. The Rector of the JU employs the Secretary for the Award, who is responsible for the functioning of the Office. The Secretary's duties include:
a) preparation of the information materials about the Award
b) issuing announcements and other official documents concerning the Award winner selection process
c) staying in constant contact with the Board, the Selection Committee and the Chapter
d) performing all executive tasks concerning the award
3. The whole work of the Selection Committee and the Chapter is carried out by mail (either traditional or electronic)
4. After each stage of the Award winner selection, an announcement is issued in which the choice of each member of the Selection Committee is listed. The announcement, approved by the Board, is made available to all members of the Committee and the Chapter.
5. The course of the selection procedure, including the results of the subsequent elections, is not available to the public.
6. After the Award winner (winners) is (are) finally selected his or her name is made public.
Charter IV: Final Regulations
1. The issues which are not regulated by these rules are governed by the civil law and the internal regulations made by the organizer.
2. The Rules and Regulations are available at the Jagiellonian University website.
3. The Rules and Regulations come into effect at the moment they are signed by the Award's Board of Trustees.