The Trust has instituted the Nani Palkhivala Award for Protection and Preservation of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in India. The Award is given to individuals and organizations from time to time. The Award carries a Citation and a cheque for Rupees Two Lakhs and Fifty Thousand in each category. (From 2006 till and including in 2011 the cheque was for Rupees One Lakh. It was increased to Rs.2.50 lakhs in 2012.)
The Award winners since 2006 are:
|1||2006||Ms Navaz Kotwal||PUCL, Delhi|
|2||2007||Ms Teesta Setalvad||None|
|3||2008||Mr. Shailesh Gandhi||None|
|4||2009||Ms Aruna Roy||Public Concern for Governance Trust|
|5||2010||Mrs. Maja Daruwala||None|
|6||2011||Mr. Chaman Lal||None|
|7||2012||Late Mr. B.G. Deshmukh||None|
|8||2013||Mr. Justice Santosh Hegde (Retd.)||None|
|9||2014||Mr. Avdhash Kaushal||Swami Vivekananda Youth Movement, Mysore|
|11||2016||Dr. Abhay Bang||Maharogi Sewa Samiti, Anandwan/Warora|
The panel of judges for the Awards in 2006 and 2007 comprised Mr. Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah (Retd.) (Chairman) and Mr. Justice S.P. Bharucha (Retd.), both former Chief Justices of India and Mrs. Anu Aga, former Chairperson, Thermax India Ltd., while for the Awards in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 the panel comprised Mr. Justice M.N. Venkatachaliah (Retd.) (Chairman) Mrs. Justice Sujata Manohar (Retd.) and Mr. Justice Sam Variava (Retd.), both former Judges of the Supreme Court of India.
The panel of judges for the Awards from 2012 to 2016 comprised Mrs. Justice Sujata Manohar (Chairperson), Mr. Justice Sam Variava and Mrs. Sudha N. Murthy.