The Nobel Peace Prize
is one of the five Nobel Prizes
established by the will of Swedish industrialist, inventor, and armaments (military weapons and equipment) manufacturer Alfred Nobel
, along with the prizes in Chemistry
, Physiology or Medicine
, and Literature
. Since March 1901,
it has been awarded annually (with some exceptions) to those who have "done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses
According to Nobel's will, the Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who in the preceding year "shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses".
Alfred Nobel's will further specified that the prize be awarded by a committee of five people chosen by the Norwegian Parliament.
Nobel died in 1896 and he did not leave an explanation for choosing peace
as a prize category. As he was a trained chemical engineer, the categories for chemistry
were obvious choices. The reasoning behind the peace prize is less clear. According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, his friendship with Bertha von Suttner
, a peace activist and later recipient of the prize, profoundly influenced his decision to include peace as a category.
Some Nobel scholars suggest it was Nobel's way to compensate for developing destructive forces. His inventions included dynamite
, both of which were used violently during his lifetime. Ballistite was used in war
and the Irish Republican Brotherhood
, an Irish nationalist organization, carried out dynamite attacks in the 1880s.
Nobel was also instrumental in turning Bofors
from an iron and steel producer into an armaments company.
It is unclear why Nobel wished the Peace Prize to be administered in Norway, which was ruled
in union with Sweden
at the time of Nobel's death. The Norwegian Nobel Committee speculates that Nobel may have considered Norway better suited to awarding the prize, as it did not have the same militaristic traditions as Sweden
. It also notes that at the end of the 19th century, the Norwegian parliament
had become closely involved in the Inter-Parliamentary Union
's efforts to resolve conflicts through mediation and arbitration.
Nomination and selection
Each year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee specifically invites qualified people to submit nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
The statutes of the Nobel Foundation specify categories of individuals who are eligible to make nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.
These nominators are:
The working language of the Norwegian Nobel Committee is Norwegian; in addition to Norwegian the committee has traditionally received nominations in French, German and English, but today most nominations are submitted in either Norwegian or English. Nominations must usually be submitted to the committee by the beginning of February in the award year. Nominations by committee members can be submitted up to the date of the first Committee meeting after this deadline.
In 2009, a record 205 nominations were received,
but the record was broken again in 2010 with 237 nominations; in 2011, the record was broken once again with 241 nominations.
The statutes of the Nobel Foundation do not allow information about nominations, considerations, or investigations relating to awarding the prize to be made public for at least 50 years after a prize has been awarded.
Over time, many individuals have become known as "Nobel Peace Prize Nominees", but this designation has no official standing, and means only that one of the thousands of eligible nominators suggested the person's name for consideration.
Indeed, in 1939, Adolf Hitler
received a satirical nomination from a member of the Swedish parliament, mocking the (serious but unsuccessful) nomination of Neville Chamberlain
Nominations from 1901 to 1967 have been released in a database.
Nominations are considered by the Nobel Committee at a meeting where a shortlist of candidates for further review is created. This shortlist is then considered by permanent advisers to the Nobel institute, which consists of the institute's Director and the Research Director and a small number of Norwegian academics with expertise in subject areas relating to the prize. Advisers usually have some months to complete reports, which are then considered by the committee to select the laureate. The Committee seeks to achieve a unanimous decision, but this is not always possible. The Nobel Committee typically comes to a conclusion in mid-September, but occasionally the final decision has not been made until the last meeting before the official announcement at the beginning of October.
Awarding the prize
Obverse and reverse of the Nobel Peace Prize Medal
The Chairman of the Norwegian Nobel Committee
presents the Nobel Peace Prize in the presence of the King of Norway
on 10 December each year (the anniversary of Nobel's death). The Peace Prize is the only Nobel Prize not presented in Stockholm
. The Nobel laureate receives a diploma, a medal, and a document confirming the prize amount.
As of 2019, the prize was worth 9 million SEK
. Since 1990, the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony is held at Oslo City Hall
Some commentators have suggested that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded in politically motivated ways for more recent or immediate achievements,
or with the intention of encouraging future achievements.
Some commentators have suggested that to award a peace prize on the basis of the unquantifiable contemporary opinion is unjust or possibly erroneous, especially as many of the judges cannot themselves be said to be impartial observers.
The Nobel Peace Prize has become increasingly politicized, in which people are awarded for aspiration rather than accomplishment, which has allowed for the prize to be used for political effect but can cause perverse consequences due to the neglect of existing power politics.
In 2011, a feature story in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten
contended that major criticisms of the award were that the Norwegian Nobel Committee
ought to recruit members from professional and international backgrounds, rather than retired members of parliament; that there is too little openness about the criteria that the committee uses when they choose a recipient of the prize; and that the adherence to Nobel's will should be more strict. In the article, Norwegian historian Øivind Stenersen argues that Norway has been able to use the prize as an instrument for nation-building and furthering Norway's foreign policy and economic interests.
In another 2011 Aftenposten
opinion article, the grandson of one of Nobel's two brothers, Michael Nobel, also criticised what he believed to be the politicisation of the award, claiming that the Nobel Committee has not always acted in accordance with Nobel's will.
Criticism of individual conferments
The awards given to Mikhail Gorbachev
, Shimon Peres
, Menachem Begin
and Yasser Arafat
, Lê Đức Thọ
, Henry Kissinger
, Jimmy Carter
,[page needed] Al Gore
, Liu Xiaobo
, Barack Obama
and the European Union
have all been the subject of controversy.
The joint award given to Lê Đức Thọ
and Henry Kissinger
prompted two dissenting Committee members to resign.
Thọ refused to accept the prize, on the grounds that such "bourgeois sentimentalities" were not for him
and that peace had not been achieved in Vietnam. Kissinger donated his prize money to charity, did not attend the award ceremony and later offered to return his prize medal after the fall of South Vietnam
to North Vietnamese forces 18 months later.
The omission of Mahatma Gandhi
has been particularly widely discussed, including in public statements by various members of the Nobel Committee.
The committee has confirmed that Gandhi was nominated in 1937, 1938, 1939, 1947, and, finally, a few days before his assassination in January 1948.
The omission has been publicly regretted by later members of the Nobel Committee. Geir Lundestad
, Secretary of Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2006 said, "The greatest omission in our 106-year history is undoubtedly that Mahatma Gandhi never received the Nobel Peace prize. Gandhi could do without the Nobel Peace prize, whether Nobel committee can do without Gandhi is the question".
In 1948, following Gandhi's death, the Nobel Committee declined to award a prize on the ground that "there was no suitable living candidate" that year. Later, when the Dalai Lama
was awarded the Peace Prize in 1989, the chairman of the committee said that this was "in part a tribute to the memory of Mahatma Gandhi".
List of Nobel Peace Prize laureates
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