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The Ron Castan Humanitarian Award seeks to recognise Jewish individuals who have attained excellence and renown in their chosen humanitarian fields and whose actions, in addition to their achievements, embody the characteristics of the late Ron Castan QC that include wisdom, empathy and graciousness.


Key Information

Ron Castan AM QC passed away at a relatively young age, but left behind an enormous legacy in the field of human rights, and especially indigenous rights.

When Ron died in October 1999, the Monash University Law Faculty was in the early stages of setting up a human rights centre. It seemed obvious to those involved in the endeavour that the centre should be named after a man who had given so much of his life to advancing the cause of human rights.

The inaugural Stand Up Humanitarian Award, in consultation with the Castan family, is fortunate to have the honour and privilege of association with the Ron Castan name.

The Ron Castan Humanitarian Award and the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award* seek to recognise Jewish individuals who have attained excellence and renown in their chosen humanitarian fields and whose actions, in addition to their achievements, embody the characteristics of the late Ron Castan that include wisdom, empathy, intellect, and graciousness.

*The Young Humanitarian Award seeks to recognise an individual under the age of 30 years.

 

RON CASTAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS 2015

  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Humanitarian Award in 2015 was Kathy Kaplan OAM. Her speech: text & video, more about her here.
  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award in 2015 was Dean Cohen. His speech: text & video, more about him here.
  • The keynote speakers on the night were Melissa Castan (speech text & video) and Peter Seidel (speech text & video).

 

RON CASTAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS 2014

  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Humanitarian Award in 2014 was Dr Hilton Immerman OAM. You can read his speech here, and more about him here.
  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award in 2014 was Genna Radnan. You can read more about her here.
  • The keynote speaker on the night was Steven Castan. You can read his speech here.

RON CASTAN HUMANITARIAN AWARD WINNERS 2013

  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Humanitarian Award in 2013 was Dr Howard Goldenberg. You can read his speech here, and more about him here.
  • The recipient of the Ron Castan Young Humanitarian Award in 2013 was Jacky Lipson. You can read her speech here, and more about her here.
  • The keynote speaker on the night was Mark Leibler AC. You can read his speech here.

 

For more information please contact Gary Samowitz.