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. The prize was first awarded in 1986, to Elie Wiesel.