The prize is awarded in recognition of personal effort and active involvement in human rights.
The prize is at 10.000 EUR and a lithography by Frans Widerberg.
The prize is awarded by the University of Oslo after nomination by a committee appointed by the University.
Leo Eitinger was Norwegian-Jewish humanist, doctor and professor of psychiatry at the University of Oslo. Together with his wife, he founded Lisl and Leo Eitinger's fund in 1984.