Dec. 2016: Nobel Committee reconfirms its worst selection - Kissinger

The Norwegian awarders, in blatant disregard for Nobel´s intention, will use this year´s Nobel celebrations to honor once again US Henry Kissinger and show its loyalty to Western/US hegemonic policies. This ought to serve as a wake-up call for a united effort to reclaim the prize for its original purpose. The NPPW has asked Norwegian Prosecuting authorities to act on its obligation to arrest and investigate war crimes. See the full Request for summons. Join, sign on here. And nominate good and qualified candidates for the 2017 prize more.

Sept. 2016 - A flyer, «Why did Alfred Nobel support IPB?», is the NPPW input to the IPB Congress: «Disarm, for a climate of peace» in Berlin 29.9 - 2.10. See the flyer here

February, 2016: our Nobel short list for 2016 sent to the committee.

Based on an analysis of the purpose Nobel actually had in mind and on nominations actually submitted, and  that we publish in full, the NPPW short list for 2016 contains 25 nominees, a.o. the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Disarmament, the venerable veteran of peace research, a very famous woman from India.  The list is part of the NPPW´s continuing effort to assist the awarders and the nominators, and welcome them and the general public to the peace world of Alfred Nobel. See more  here:

Stockholm Dec. 2015: NPPW lawsuit to try legality of EU prize

Our attempts to secure respect for Nobel´s visionary plan through normal dialogue having failed, a brief to open a case was filed with the Stockholm District Court. The claim is that the board members compensate the Foundation (not us) for the prize paid to the EU. «The EU clearly is not one of the champions of peace Nobel had in mind,» said Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire and several others in 2012, but the board still chose to pay out the prize amount that they are now asked to pay back to the Nobel Fondation. See a Summary of the brief to open the case here.

In this period of migration, terror and wanton killing, and a Paris meeting to rescue the climate, more and more people realize that the military belongs to the problems, not the solutions. Nobel referred to a common idea at the time and envisaged nothing less than changing the course of history through a new global system … Please support our Nobel project!


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October, 2015: Lawsuit leads to response from the Norwegian committee

Finally - after 8 years - response! It took innumerable articles, letters, complaints, and different books in 6 languages, and spending tens of thousands of US$ to retain a lawyer, to get a response in a letter Sept. 21, 2015 from the Norwegian Nobel Committee - with at least an appearance of honestly addressing the crucial legal issue: - what intended Nobel signing his will on Nov. 27, 1895? It had taken the Nobel Committee (Oslo) 7 months to respond to the demands of the NPPW in a letter of Feb. 20, 2015, and it was received only after our lawyer had taken initial steps in a lawsuit against the Nobel Foundation (the principals of the Norwegian committee). The NPPW refuted the 18 pages in two one-page letters, first letter Oct. 1, 2015 (on proper reading of the will), then letter Oct. 12, 2015 (on the committee´s flawed arguments). Can we hope to now have reached phase 3 in the Gandhi model for political battle? (First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.) Stay tuned!

Nobel Peace Prize 2015, mediarelease: NPPW news release Oct. 9

Media release, From NPP Watch: NPPW news release Oct. 7 - Lawsuit initiated against members of the Board of the Nobel Foundation. On Sept 21 Stockholm attorney Kenneth Lewis initiated litigation against the members of the Nobel Foundation Board who in Dec. 2012, despite protests from a.o. four Nobel peace laureates paid the 2012 peace prize amount over to the European Union., our new web portal
– up and rolling!

The Nobel Peace Prize Watch is a service to help media, students, the general public as well as the Nobel Committee understand the testament of Alfred Nobel. Defying the strict secrecy rules we have published all the valid nominations for 2015 that we were able to find. By his prize Nobel wished to support those working to realize a world without weapons, warriors and war, the “champions of peace.” The Committee's adamant neglect of the candidates Nobel had in mind must end. Our letter of Feb 20 demanded a new policy and suggested improved procedures and expected a reply by April 1 from the three Nobel awarding bodies. It was covered in major interviews, by BBC World, and Belgian TV, Politiken (DK). Also well covered by Common Dreams, Counterpunch and Transnational Foundation, TFF.

March, 2015: Committee must choose:

3 media releases (use freely), From NPP Watch, TFF, Abolition 2000

Respect Nobel or resign 
In a letter of Feb 20 referring to decisions by two Swedish agencies the Nobel Peace Prize Watch requests the Norwegian Nobel Committee to decide: either commit to serving the true idea of Nobel or resign.

Our list of valid candidates – the short list for 2015
The secrecy rules have been misused to neglect the true candidates. The NPPW deemed it necessary to break the secrecy and publish and present all the valid nominations for 2015 – so few that this is actually the Nobel Peace Prize short list for 2015.

The Nobel prize for children 2014:

The Nobel prize for children 2014: The two laureates, impressive defenders of rights for the children of the world, did more to honor Nobel than did the Norwegian award committee (More)

Norwegian awards under Swedish control

The Swedes have made it clear that the Norwegian Nobel Committee is obliged to respect the intention of Nobel and also placed the Norwegian subcommittee under Swedish control. The Nobel Foundation in Stockholm has accepted that it is responsible for the legality and for ensuring that prizes come within the scope of purpose laid down by Nobel. In apparent regret the Nobel Foundation applied for an exemption from the responsibility for ensuring that all prize selections comply with the purpose, but withdrew the application soon after. (See here)





Lay Down Your Arms

The Lay Down your Arms Association was incorporated and registered in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2014. A main project to start with is The Nobel Peace Prize Watch.

Purpose – Lay Down Your Arms Association

Peace is a common wish for all humanity, it must become our common demand. Peace is a binding legal obligation for all nations, it must become their common practice.

Experience tells us that if we prepare for war we get war. To achieve peace we must prepare for peace. Yet all nations continue to spend astronomic sums and incur extreme risks on a flawed concept of peace by military means. What the world most urgently needs is a common, co-operative security system to replace weapons and endless preparations for violence and war.

For centuries peace activists have claimed that peace through disarmament is necessary and, indeed, the only road to real security. Alfred Nobel decided to promote and support this idea when, in his will of 1895, he included “the prize for the champions of peace” and entrusted the Norwegian Parliament with a key role in the promotion and realization of his purpose. The Norwegians proudly undertook the assignment, further described in the will by language on “creating the brotherhood of nations, ”disarmament,” and “peace congresses.”

Nobel´s plan for preventing future wars thus was that nations must cooperate on disarmament and commit to solving all differences through negotiation or compulsory adjudication, a culture of peace that would free the world from its current addiction to violence and war. With today´s military technologies it is a matter of imperative urgency for the world to seriously consider committing to the idea of Alfred Nobel and Bertha von Suttner.

Suttner was the leading champion of peace at the time and it was her entreaties that led Nobel to establish the prize in support of the peace ideas that need a fresh restart. Taking its name from Suttner´s bestselling novel, “Lay down your arms – Die Waffen Nieder” a first goal for the network is to reclaim the Nobel prize for the “champions of peace” and the specific road to peace that Nobel had in mind and intended to support.  

Actions, Activities

- Nobel Peace Prize Watch

A. What is our special role?

All peace movement efforts for reduction or abolition of armaments depend on arguments in a democratic mobilization of public opinion. So also does The Nobel Peace Prize Watch. Our special advantage is that we not only argue that humanity must, for the sake of the survival of life on the planet, find a way to eliminate weapons, warriors and wars. In addition we make a legal argument – Nobel wanted to support a specific approach to peace – certain people have a legal entitlement by his will. Today the prize is in the hands of its political opponents. We wish to use legal means to get back the money that once was given to the cause of peace by demilitarization of international relations.

B. What are our plans?

The association shall seek to induce political decision-makers to address the imperative urgency of a new international system. To this end we will disseminate information and seek to increase public awareness of how all the nations of the world continue to be locked in power games and a never ending race for superiority in military forces and technology. This approach consumes astronomic sums of money, wastes resources that could serve human needs, and the idea that it gives security is an illusion. Modern weapons represent an imminent threat to the survival of life on the planet. We live in a constant emergency.
The answer must lie in a deep change of attitudes and an international system where international law and institutions lay the ground for trust and co-operation in a demilitarized world.
We distribute information by articles, books and lectures or public debates, we introduce proposals and requests in appropriate fora, including submitting issues to adjudication in administrative agencies or courts of law.
The Nobel Peace Prize Watch builds on research into the actual intention of Nobel published in books by Norwegian lawyer and author Fredrik S. Heffermehl. The project welcomes members, co-operation with like-minded organizations, and financial support.


The Association was incorporated and registered in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2014. Founding members and board in intitial phase are Tomas Magnusson (Sweden) and Fredrik S. Heffermehl (Norway).

Fredrik S. Heffermehl, Oslo, Norway, lawyer and author
Former member of the IPB, International Peace Bureau, Steering Committee, 1985 to 2000. Vice president of IALANA, International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms. Former president of the Norwegian Peace Council 1985 to 2000. Published Peace is Possible (English IPB, 2000 – with 16 translations). In 2008 published first known legal analysis of the content of the Nobel peace prize. In a new book two years later, The Nobel Peace Prize. What Nobel Really Wanted included a study of Norwegian politics and the repression of his views (Praeger, 2010. Exists in 4 translations, Chinese, Finnish, Spanish, Swedish).
Phone: +47 917 44 783, e-mail, website:

Tomas Magnusson, Gothenburg, Sweden,
After 20 years on the IPB, International Peace Bureau, Steering committee, was President from 2006 to 2013. Earlier President of SPAS, the Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society. A journalist by education, he has spent most of his life by working voluntarily and professionally with peace, development and migration issues.
Phone: +46 708 293197


International Advisory Board

Richard Falk, USA, Professor (em.) of International law and organization, Princeton University

Bruce Kent, United Kingdom, President MAW, Movement for Abolition of War, ex President IPB

Dennis Kucinich, USA, Member of Congress, campaigns for US President

Mairead Maguire, Northern Ireland, Nobel laureate (1976)

Norman Solomon, USA, Journalist, anti-war activist

David Swanson, USA, Director, World Beyond War


Scandinavian Advisory Board

Erik Dammann, Norway, founder “Future in our hands,” Oslo

Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Norway, professor, University of Oslo

Erni Friholt, Sweden, Peace movement of Orust

Ola Friholt, Sweden, Peace movement of Orust

Lars-Gunnar Liljestrand, Sweden, Chair of the Association of FiB lawyers

Torild Skard, Norway, Ex President of Parliament, Second chamber (Lagtinget)

Sören Sommelius, Sweden, author and culture journalist

Maj-Britt Theorin, Sweden, ex President, International Peace Bureau

Gunnar Westberg, Sweden, Professor, ex Co-President IPPNW (Nobel peace prize 1985)

Jan Öberg, TFF, Sweden, Transnational Foundation for Peace and Future Research.



History – Nobel Peace Prize Watch

The association Lay Down Your Arms is founded to continue the efforts of Norwegian lawyer and author Fredrik S. Heffermehl, who, in 2007 suddenly discovered that Nobel and his purpose had landed in oblivion. The Norwegian awarders of the Nobel Peace Prize had disconnected entirely from the original purpose described in the will of Nobel. In August 2007 Heffermehl published an article publicly requesting the Norwegian Nobel Committee to check its mandate and find out and respect what Nobel actually wanted.

Instead of complying the Committee decided to keep awarding the prize for its own broad, all-encompassing, concept of ”peace” and ignore the rights of the ”champions of peace” that Nobel had in mind. The history of the will strongly points those who seek to understand Nobel´s purpose to Bertha von Suttner, the leading peace protagonist of the period. Responding to her entreaties Nobel had promised to ”do something great for the (her) cause.” Three expressions in the will (about creating the brotherhood of nations, disarmament, peace congresses) strongly confirm that it was the Suttner peace ideas and her approach to peace he wished to support with the prize.

A book in 1932, by Ragnvald Moe, the Nobel Committee Secretary through 27 years), confirmed that the prize was initiated to support the peace movement ideas of the 1890s about an alternative international peace system to replace militarism, arms races and wars. But with the end of WWII came a reorientation of the political attitudes in Norway that in 1895 had made the Stortinget (Parliament) a natural choice for Nobel on how to select a committee to whom he could entrust his peace award. Already in 1962 Ursula Jorfald published a book on Suttner and the falsification of history trying to conceal her importance as the key to understanding what Nobel had actually intended.

A great many historians have written about Suttner and her decisive influence to making Nobel include a peace prize in his will of 1895. The books of Fredrik S. Heffermehl were the first to analyze and point out the legal consequences of this. “The content of a will is what the testator intended, irrespective of the words used” confirmed a prominent Swedish lawyer, Torgny Håstad, Chair of the High Council of Trustees of the Nobel Foundation (Nobelfullmäktige), in a scientific article discussing the work of Heffermehl.

Spokespersons for the Norwegian committee and the Nobel Foundation have since 2007 systematically shown reluctance to discuss the points raised both about Alfred Nobel´s own intention and the decisive legal importance of what Nobel really wanted. In 2007 the awarders had forgotten Nobel entirely, the rediscovery led the awarders to offer frivolous claims to adhere to the will, but in actual practice – in the course of seven years – no visible interest in understanding Nobel and his actual intention.
This is why the Lay Down Your Arms Association was incorporated and registered in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2014. Founding members are Tomas Magnusson and Fredrik S. Heffermehl.
Attempts to argue the case have proved futile, we have seen no discernible intention to show interest in of Nobel and the value the peace idea he decided to support writing his will. That is the background for seeking

Following unsuccessful demands to have the awarders comply with the will, it became necessary to seek assistance from public authorities tasked with overseeing that legacies and entrusted funds are managed in proper accordance with the law. In Sweden the official body mandated with overseeing that the boards of foundation operate in conformity with their statutory obligations is the Länsstyrelsen, A case was raised by Heffermehl who submitted his book with a complaint in October 2008. In March 2012 the Foundations Authority demanded that the awards must comply with the “description of purpose in the testament” – and relying upon the Nobel Foundation having offered satisfactory promises – decided to dismiss the case without further investigation.

Later, however, the Nobel Foundation – after having the investigation dropped following its promise to check that all prizes comply with the will and further to exercise full and final control over its Norwegian sub-committee – changed its mind and applied to another Swedish authority, the Kammarkollegiet, to be exempted from its statutory obligation to control the Norwegian committee. The application was denied in a decision of March 31, 2014. An appeal lodged against this decision was withdrawn after two months. The result means that the Board of the Swedish Nobel Foundation is obliged to check the selections of the Norwegian committee and refuse to pay a prize to a winner who is outside the scope of purpose that Nobel had in mind.
For further details and documents on the administrative decisions [click here].




115 years later Nobel’s approach to peace and security is a more urgent necessity than ever before. The error of the Nobel committee is not in adapting to a modern age, but in failing to understand the point of departure for this exercise. What they should have developed was Nobel’s idea of peace, not their own.

(Fredrik S. Heffermehl in The Nobel Peace Prize, p. 39)


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New book: The Nobel Peace Prize (Praeger, 2010)

In his newest book, The Nobel Peace Prize (2010), Norwegian lawyer and author Fredrik S. Heffermehl, shows how far the custodians of Nobel´s prize for "the champions of peace" have moved the prize away from the testator´s actual intentions. Part I offers the first known legal analysis of the testament Nobel wrote in 1895, and in Part II an analysis of the political methods used by official Norway to stonewall the truth about the mismanagement of Nobel´s great vision of peace. The book, in part a case study of democracy and the rule of law in Norway, takes us from the inception of the prize 115 years ago to the present, including a riveting dissection of the 2009 award to US president Barack Obama. It explains how the military sector – in all nations – undermines human security and welfare, preferring to pursue narrow self-interest to solving the real security needs of the world.
For the first time The Nobel Peace Prize provides access to the highly secretive Nobel committee room, by publishing the revealing private diaries of the longest sitting chair of the Nobel committee, Gunnar Jahn.



What happened to the Nobel Peace Prize?

The Nobel Peace Prize. What Nobel really wanted (Praeger, 2010), offers undisputable evidence that Nobel intended to support the "Champions of peace", those struggling to replace militarism with an international order based on law and abolition of national military forces; the power of the law must replace the law of power. Since 1948 the parties in the Norwegian parliament have delegated the appointment of the Nobel committee to the major parties who misuse the attractive seats as a reward to their party veterans, people lacking not only insight but also loyalty to the peace ideas that Nobel wished to support. In fact the committee members are opposed to the idea of the prize! People who believe in security by military means have taken charge of a prize meant to support a demilitarized world order.
The prize has long ago ceased to challenge the forces it intended to combat and instead been used to promote Norwegian policies and business interests.
Claiming that the Norwegian parliament and the Nobel committee have violated the law for six decades, the book also becomes an illuminating case study of how elites in the advanced Scandinavian societies circumvent the basic tenets of democracy and the rule of law.

Short sample texts

Nobel entrusted the bestowal of one of his five prizes to a five-member committee to be appointed by Norway´s parliament. The Nobel committees, misunderstanding their task, have used the prizes to serve their own ideas of "peace," instead of honoring "the champions of peace", the expression Nobel actually used to describe the recipients.
Interpreting a will is to seek what the testator actually intended. The point of departure is the text of the will, but a number of other circumstances can provide clues to understanding Nobel´s thinking at the exact point of time when he signed his will. The book sums up its analysis of the correct interpretation of the will of Alfred Nobel (page 37-38):

Interpretation—the determining factors
To sum up: the goal of the interpretation of a will is to find out what the testator intended, the purpose he or she had in mind. To describe the recipients he had in mind Nobel created a Swedish word, fredsförfäktare (‘‘champions of peace’’). Under the law it is both improper and illegal for the Nobel Committee to ignore the specific expression that Nobel actually used, champions of peace, and instead give its own content to the much less specific term ‘‘peace prize.’’ The committee is guilty of an unauthorized change of its mandate.

Read more here


In his will Alfred Nobel entrusted to the Norwegian parliament to award his prize for "the champions of peace" (by which he meant the peace movement). The concept is elaborated in Chapters 8 and 14:

Nobel clearly specified the recipients

The truth is that many of the grassroots activists, after decades of work in the field of disarmament, often know the themes and the political situation better than diplomats who keep changing their job. People in the peace movement monitor national positions, talk more freely, move more freely, and think more freely on possible solutions. In this way, they can be of invaluable assistance to the diplomats. Following is a selection of just some of those individuals who have taken the future on their shoulders and dedicated their lives to the struggle against nuclear weapons: …

Read more here

The meeting hall at the Nobel Peace Center was packed with people, listening to ForUM (Forum for Environment and Development) launching a political report on moral dilemmas in Norwegian foreign policy, not least between arms exports and peacemaking. When one of the four panelists, in a senior military position, defended the burgeoning arms exports of Norway—the ''Peace Nation''—I felt I had to confront him, saying that the military was selling an illusion of security at an exorbitant price, placing the continuation of life on earth in constant jeopardy.…

Read more here



Heffermehl - Nobel book in 6 languages:

The Nobel Peace Prize (Praeger, USA, 2010), contains, as Part I, a legal and historical analysis of Alfred Nobel´s will and the content of the peace prize, and in an added Part II an account of the methods used by Norway´s political elite to stonewall the truth about their breach of trust. Heffermehl´s conclusions concur with a number of earlier scholarly works on what Nobel had in mind. The book also includes a case study of democracy and the rule of law in Norway, as well as discussions of the 2008 and 2009 Nobel awards, a riveting dissection of the Nobel speech of Obama, and the previously unpublished secrets contained in the private diaries of the longest sitting chair of the Nobel committee, Gunnar Jahn - secrets that show amateurism and a number of manifestly wrong decisions.


On January 9, 2011, the Foreign Languages Press, a leading Chinese publishing house, launched a translation into Chinese (Simplified) of the American original. The launch of the book, with a completely rewritten Preface and a special added Epilogue, took place at the Beijing (internal) Book Fair.



A forerunner to The Nobel Peace Prize was published in 2008 (by Vidarforlaget, Oslo). Even if this book, Nobels vilje [Nobel´s will], appeared in Norwegian only it became known all over the world within three days of its publication! - Despite the devastating analysis of how the Nobel committee and Norway´s Parliament had illegally appropriated for their own purposes the prize entrusted to their care, the Norwegian power elites continued as before, stonewalling the criticism; it was business as usual.




Three new translations will be published in the autumn of 2011:

Nobelin rauhanpalkinto: julkaistaan ​​07 joulukuu 2011.

Книга "Нобелевская премия мира" будет опубликована осенью 2011 года.

Boken Nobels fredspris. Visionen som försvann blev publicerad i oktober 2011.



Hugh  Shaugnessy: Nobel Peace Prizes are being awarded illegally, Article in The Independent July 25, 2010

Richter Dieter Deiseroth: Alfred Nobels letzter Wille, Rezension  in Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik. Buch des Monats

Reinhard Wolff: Ist der Friedensnobelpreis illegal? Artikel!147294/
‘in Tageszeitung TAZ.




A group of 16 prominent Scandinavians called for Parliament to reform its selection process and respect its moral
and legal obligations to Nobel, in letter of Nov. 4, 2014 (in Norwegian)

From David Swanson, Director of World Beyond War to the Parliament of Norway (in English).



The Nobel Peace Prize ABC

A: Nobel dedicated his prize to “the champions of peace”

By his will of 1895 Alfred Nobel, the wealthy Swedish inventor and innovator, established five prizes for the persons who “have conferred the greatest benefit on humanity.” Nobel dedicated one of his prizes to “the champions of peace.”

B: A prize to support a specific idea, the abolition of militarism

In the will Alfred Nobel used three concepts to clarify the specific approach and people whose work he wished to support, those committed to breaking the military tradition and building an international community of disarmed nations. The three expressions he used in his will were clear references to the ideas of Bertha von Suttner, the leading champion of peace of the period – the vision of a Völkerverbrüderung (fraternity of nations) promoted by the peace congresses.
Writing his will Nobel made a choice between two alternatives, two directly opposite views of the roads for humanity. Instead of conventional ideas of national security based on military strength he wished to support efforts for a global security system. Nations will never be secure by threatening each other with deadly arms, only by deep co-operation and international law and institutions replacing military force. Nobel also saw that disarmament would mean huge gains in prosperity and security to almost everyone on the planet.

C: The purpose of a will is legally binding forever

Nobel entrusted the Norwegian Parliament, then a supporter of Suttner and her ideas, with selecting the five-member Nobel Committee. Over time the ideas of peace in Norway have changed, but the will of Nobel remains the same. Ignoring the law and vital security interests of the world population, the awarders have disconnected from Nobel and transformed his prize for global disarmament into a general prize for “peace.” The legally binding obligation of the awarders is to make the prize once again the challenge to militarism that Nobel intended. If they don´t the task must be placed in the hands of others.

*) This ABC is the sum of numerous works on the history of Alfred Nobel and his “prize for the champions of peace” as presented and analyzed by Fredrik S. Heffermehl in his books, a.o. The Nobel Peace Prize. What Nobel Really Wanted (Praeger, 2010, translated into Chinese, Finnish, Spanish, and Swedish). The peace prize awarders have not attempted to refute the conclusions or the facts that underpin them – they simply keep silent and ignore the truth.


Why Norway?

When Alfred Nobel wrote his will in 1895 “Stortinget” (the Parliament of Norway) was a leading promoter of the new peace ideas. When Alfred Nobel entrusted to Parliament to appoint a committee of five to award the prize that was soon popularly known as ”the Nobel Peace Prize.” The will presupposes Parliament to elect a committee qualified and devoted to serving Nobel´s peace ideas.

Fifty years, and two world wars, later, in 1945, political ideas had changed in Norway. The specific intention of Nobel was forgotten and ceased to be a consideration after the Stortinget, in 1948, changed the rules and allocated the seats to the leading political parties, based on latest national elections. Since then the committee seats have been taken up by old party hacks far from the Nobel approach to peace. Instead of a committee of friends of peace and disarmament the world has got a committee of friends of militarism and forces.

The law, however, is clear: Norwegian parliamentarians are obligated to be loyal to Nobel, not pursue their own purposes.





Media Releases

Peace Prize Watch reveals the true Nobel candidates for 2015

Nobel Peace Prize Watch, March 2015

Media release



-- Shall we accept indefinitely to let our world be governed by military logic or must we instead seek security through the global co-operation to which Alfred Nobel dedicated his peace prize? The choice ought to be easy for everyone involved in work for peace, justice, disarmament, democracy, human rights, environment, relief work, health, poverty alleviation etc., says Tomas Magnusson, a co-founder of the Lay Down Your Arms Association, just think of the astronomic expenditure for security and how extremely unsafe the military actually is. Magnusson adds that Alfred Nobel addressed this basic choice for humanity clearly with his prize “for the champions of peace.” Unfortunately the Norwegian awarders have disconnected the peace prize entirely from Nobel and the visionary peace idea that he intended to support. That is why our association has initiated the Nobel Peace Prize Watch, and, as its first project, written a letter to the Nobel peace prize trustees requesting that the peace prize from 2015 and onward will keep within the mandate from Nobel. The letter invokes the law and decisions by two Swedish public agencies, and asks for a confirmation by the end of March. The Nobel watchdog has also broken the strict secrecy around the selection process and published all the valid nominations they were able to find.

The Nobel committee works under a secrecy rule that keeps all information about nominations embargoed for fifty years. -- We feel that the Nobel Committee has misused this rule to conceal the true purpose of the prize and the type of candidates that Nobel intended to win, says Fredrik S. Heffermehl, the other co-founder who has published several studies on the purpose of the Peace Prize and its utility in today´s world. – We cannot wait for a change of the rules and have decided to present, at our website, all the candidates qualified to win the 2015 Nobel that we have been able to find, with the full nomination letters. The list contains 25 names that, if the Nobel committee intends to respect Nobel, ought to be their first short list of for 2015. We now hope that as many as possible will support our work and use the information at our website to publish articles on the prize and the legitimate winners. We further hope that many will subscribe to our appeal, and strengthen Nobel´s voice in today´s world by financial support, says Heffermehl.

Both the Nobel Foundation (Stockholm), and the Norwegian Nobel Committee (Oslo) have promised replies to the request from Nobel Peace Prize Watch.


Informative article - from Transnational Foundation

The Nobel Peace Prize Watch
Over the years, the criticism of the Nobel Peace Prize Committee’s work has increased. Seven years ago, I cannot remember that any journalist who interviewed me about the Prize had read the will. Now about 75% of them seem to have before they call. Read more here.


(Model:) Article presenting a nomination for the 2015 Nobel (Abolition 2000)

Abolition 2000 is one of the 25 candidates nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize that have been listed as 'valid candidates' by Nobel Peace Prize Watch, an organisation established to defend the wishes of Alfred Nobel in establishing the Nobel Peace Prize. Read more here.


New portal, Dec. 8, 2014:

Midt i den nye diskusjonen rundt utnevninger og medlemskap i Nobelkomiteen har det dukket opp en ny webportal, The Nobel Peace Prize Watch, hvor media og politikere og allmenheten kan finne informasjon om prisen og gjeldende rettsregler. Websiden ( inneholder både en Nobelprisens ABC og viktige avgjørelser fra svenske myndigheter som ikke er offentliggjort på Nobelprisenes websider, om hvilke krav som må stilles til de som skal oppnevnes som medlemmer av Nobelkomiteen. Bak portalen står foreningen Lay Down Your Arms som krever at prisen må fremme ideene til Bertha von Suttner, den østerrikske fredsforkjemperen som fikk Nobel til å inkludere fredsprisen i testamentet.

-- Nobel mente å støtte Suttners ide om at et dyptgående samarbeid mellom nasjonene er det eneste som kunne gjøre slutt på våpenkappløp og militære maktspill og gi varig sikkerhet. Denne ideen er minst like aktuell i dag, hevder Tomas Magnusson, svensk fredsaktivist og mangeårig president i IPB, det internasjonale fredsbyrå i Geneve. På vegne av initiativtagerne sier han at det må være klart at forsvarsvenner ikke er de rette til å forvalte en pris som var tiltenkt fredsvennene og deres nedrustnigsarbeid. Magnusson viser til flere fremstøt for å informere Stortinget om de kravene som etter testamentet må gjelde for å bli oppnevnt.

En rekke kjente personligheter i bl.a. Skandinavia og USA er medlem av organisasjonens Advisory Board. (here)

Gothenburg, Dec. 8, 2014

For ytterligere kommentar:
Tomas Magnusson, + 46 70 829 3197, e-mail
El. Fredrik S. Heffermehl, +47 917 44 783


Media release, dec. 10, 2014:

Great peace prize ceremony in Oslo yesterday, a great day for children and their rights. But, respect for Nobel´s intention would have done much more to improve the plight of the children and youth of the world . While Norwegian politicians are determined to continue ignoring the purpose of Alfred Nobel (global co-operation on international law and disarmament to prevent all future wars) two great laureates honored the actual purpose of Nobel through the following statements:
Sathyarti: I refuse to accept that the world is so poor, when just one week of global spending on armies is enough to bring all of our children into classrooms.” Mahlala: “Indeed, we are reminded in 2014 that a century has passed since the beginning of the First World War, but we still have not learnt all of the lessons that arose from the loss of those millions of lives a hundred years ago.” ….. “the so-called world of adults may understand it, but we children don’t. Why is it that countries which we call "strong" are so powerful in creating wars but so weak in bringing peace? Why is it that giving guns is so easy but giving books is so hard? Why is it that making tanks is so easy, but building schools is so difficult?”
Tomas Magnusson, speaking for the newly established Nobel Peace Prize Watch ( comments: The ”prize for the champions of peace”  Nobel´s had in mind has become the Norwegian Parliament´s prize for whatever they like to call peace The Chair, Thorbjørn Jagland, is taking more and more care to include references in his speech, to Nobel and his will, but these statements always have a tenacious relation to truth. They formulate what the committee would have liked Nobel to think, rather than what Nobel actually intended when he signed his will in 1895.
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Tomas Magnusson, phone +46 70 829 31 97, e-mail




- Letters Feb 2015 require Nobel awarders to change policy

Feb. 20, 2015, to the Norwegian Parliament, the Nobel Committee and the Nobel Foundation insisting that they comply with the law and the orders from public authorities. See the letter here.

Feb. 27, 2015, to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, email presenting the of qualified candidates for 2015. See the letter here.

The Nobel Peace Prize

- Swedish authorities demand change


The Norwegian Nobel Committee often has claimed that the many challenges to their stewardship of the Nobel Peace Prize have not led to any results. The opposite is true, complaints have led to authorities expecting/ordering significant reform.

In 2012 the Swedish Foundations Authority turned down a claim from the Norwegian Nobel Committee to be independent and “not to take instructions from anyone” in its selections of winners. The Norwegian committee then moved for an exemption from the Swedish Foundations Act, which was also turned down. This means that the ultimate and final responsibility for peace prizes being legal has moved from Oslo to Stockholm, and now rests with the members of the Board of the Nobel Foundation.

The Committee repeatedly claims to honor the purpose described in the will and rejects criticism for ignoring the intention of the testator – but has for 7 years been unable to refute any of the evidence showing that this is untrue. The peace prize awarders adamantly and consistently fail to show any interest in information on Nobel and his actual intention.

They seem determined to keep ignoring the fact that the Peace Prize was established by the Nobel testament of 1895; that a will is a legal instrument; and that the binding obligation of the stewards is to find out which peace efforts Nobel wished to favor. It is, of course, Nobel´s own intention that counts, not what his trustees prefer to read into the text of the will.

History – legal challenges

The following is an account of some attempts to persuade the authorities to intervene.

1. Norway (The Norwegian Lottery and Foundations) Authority) – upon request Oct. 7, 2008, (in Norwegian / English) for injunctive action - deferred to the Swedish Foundation Authority. Reason: The Nobel Foundation is Swedish and the responsibility lies with the Swedish authorities. The Swedish Authority immediately took action of its own initiative based on a received copy of this letter (see below, 2a).

2. The Swedish Foundation Authority
(County Administrative Board of Stockholm - LS) – history of requests and decisions made:

a. 2008, Acting on its own, on the basis of a received copy of letter from Fredrik S. Heffermehl to the Norwegian authority, the Swedish Foundations Authority immediately announced its decision to investigate, see letter from Heffermehl Oct. 31, 2008 (in Norwegian). Suddenly it dismissed the case from investigation on December 23, 2008. Reason: The Authority could not find that there were any violations to take action agains

b) 2010 - 2012: Following several new appeals from Heffermehl, a.o on Nov. 3, 2010 (in English) with attachment (in English), the Authority at last decided to open an investigation, and, in a letter of Jan. 30, 2012 (in English), requested a response from the Nobel Foundation. The Nobel Foundation submitted its statement on March 8, 2012, (in Swedish/Norwegian). In its March 21, 2012, decision the Foundations Authority (in Swedish) chose to dismiss case without further investigation. Reason: The Authority relied upon the Nobel Foundation having confirmed to know its responsibilities under the Foundations Act, and its will to abide. The Foundation confirmed having understood its superior and ultimate responsibility for the awards, including their legality and compliance with the specification of purpose.

The Authority´s decision contained guidance on how the Nobel Foundation should improve its compliance with the will, by 1) analyzing the purpose described in the will, 2) instructing the awarding committees, 3) introducing procedures to ensure compliance with the purpose. The Authority also noted that the superior Nobel Foundation Board (Stockholm) had understood that it could not pay a prize over to the winner if the subsidiary Nobel Committee (Oslo) should select a winner outside the purpose.

c. May 2014: Group of 16 requests concrete injunctions

New complaint , 2014, co-signed by 16 prominent Scandinavians, and supplemented with May 26, 2014 (in Swedish), letter from Swedish Attorney Kenneth Lewis. September 20, 2014, noted the Nobel Foundation´s lack of loyal follow-up. The Nobel Foundation in practice had shown no intention to implement and take action as promised against prizes outside the scope of the purpose, therefore time was over for advice and polite requests. Now it was necessary with concrete orders from the Authority to prevent continued violations.

3. Nobel Foundation sought an exception from the law – application rejected

[2013) The Nobel Foundation (Stockholm) applied to the Chamber College (Kammarkollegiet) to be exempt from its chief task, which is to control that Nobel´s purpose with the prizes is being fulfilled. The Foundations Authority (LS) issued a statement June 14, 2013 (in Swedish), strongly advising against exemption. Protest by Fredrik S. Heffermehl June 24, 2013 (in English). The International Peace Bureau protested September 20, 2013 (in Swedish).

The Kammarkollegiet decided, March 31, 2014 (in Swedish), to refuse the Nobel Foundation application. The Nobel Foundation first appealed the decision to the Swedish government, but then, after two months, withdrew the appeal, thereby accepting its superior authority and final say in the selection of peace prize laureates.

4. ØKOKRIM – police investigation of Nobel Committee

April 2014: Request for criminal investigation and prosecution by Fredrik S. Heffermehl, with 16 co-signers, on April 8, 2014) in (Norwegian / English) lodged with ØKOKRIM (Norway´s National prosecutor for economic crime) which decided that the matter was peripheral to their special field of authority and priorities. On July 28, 2014, submitted to the Oslo Police. Their dismissal has been appealed to the National Prosecutor (Riksadvokaten).



Nobel Peace Prize – shortlist 2016

We could no longer allow selection process to remain secret.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee keeps everything secret for 50 years, unfortunately they also conceal the specific peace vision Nobel wished to support. The NPP Watch, seeing a selection process with open discussion of the candidates as well as Nobel and his intention more in line with modern and democratic ideas, decided to publish a shortlist of all candidates we could find, with the full nomination letter. To be included in our list:

  1. A nomination must have been sent to the Nobel committee
  2. within the time limit – Feb. 1 each year
  3. by a person within the categories entitled to nominate, and
  4. NPPW has proof and can publish the nomination proper
  5. the NPPW considers the candidate within the circle Nobel wished his “prize for the champions of peace” to serve

On Feb. 2, 2016, the shortlist below – 33 candidates – was submitted to the Nobel Peace Prize Watch as a service to the help the Nobel Committee get it right. Read the full letter here:

The Nobel Peace Prize Watch guidelines for screening nominations, see here


Article 9, Japan

Benjamin, Medea, USA

Bolkovac, Kathryn, USA

Bryn, Steinar, Norway

Tony de Brum and the (Marshall Islands) legal team, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Ellsberg, Daniel, USA

Falk, Richard, USA

Ferencz, Benjamin, USA

Pope Francis / Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Galtung, Johan, Norway

IALANA, International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms, Berlin, New York, Colombo (Sri Lanka)

ICAN, International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear arms, Switzerland

Johnson, Rebecca, UK

Juristen und Juristinnen gegen atomare, biologische und chemische Waffen, Berlin

Kelly, Kathy, USA

Malalai Joya, Afghanistan

David Krieger, USA

Lindner, Evelin, main basis Norway

Federico Mayor and the culture of peace initiative, Spain

Hidankyo, Nihon Japan

Kazumi Matsui, Hiroshima

Mayors for Peace

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NAPF, USA

Oberg, Jan, Sweden

Pace, Bill, USA

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)

Roy, Arundhati, India

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, USA

Snowden, Edward, USA

Swanson, David, USA

Tomihisa Taue, Nagasaki

Weiss, Peter, New York

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)


Nominated by prof. Terje Einarsen, Uni of Bergen and prof. Aslak Syse, Uni of Oslo, with secretarial assistance from the Norwegian Peace Council:


Kathryn Bolkovac, USA

High-resolution photo here

Arundhati Roy, India

Edward Snowden, USA (in exile)

High-resolution photo here

"Arundhati Roy is an Indian author and activist, and one of the most inspiring and powerful critics in our time of modern military power, nuclear weapons and neo-imperialism. Roy's life and work have a clear international dimension, fighting against global injustice with the destructive tug of war over power and influence at its center. Her strong warning against nuclear weapons in the text "The End of Imagination" indicates just how self-destructive and irrational man has become in the chase for control and power. She writes: "The nuclear bomb is the most anti-democratic, anti-national, anti-human, evil thing that man has ever made." In "War is Peace", she writes about the contradictory idea that peace can be achieved through military means; War is not peace - peace is peace. …. "

The three… stood up to defend democracy, peace, and justice against the threats that the military always entails, even in cases where the intention may be good. This is a very important focus in our time, where the future will be characterized by major global challenges requiring a massive common preference of peaceful means.

[A Nobel] to Snowden, Bolkovac and Roy will be a prize in accordance with Alfred Nobel's will, prescribing that the prize shall be awarded to champions of peace who promote global cooperation (the fraternity of nations) on a world order that seeks peace by peaceful means. Snowden, Bolkovac and Roy come from different backgrounds and the peace work they engage in takes different forms. Together they show the need for a far more demilitarized world order building on morality, solidarity, courage and justice."

Full nomination text, in Norwegian, in English translation,

Bolkovac was nominated by Prof. Syse for 2015, see here, Snowden by Prof. Einarsen, see here. Arundathi Roy is a new (first time(?)) nomination.

Edward Snowden has been invited to Oslo on November 18, 2016, to receive the Ossietzky prize for 2016 from Norwegian PEN. He
spoke via satelite to the ceremony in Dresden in February, 2016, when Daniel Ellsberg received the Peace Prize of Dresden, see video

Nominated by Snežana Jonica, MP, Montenegro (also nominated in 2015):

Steinar Bryn, Norway

"Their work for peace and reconciliation started when Sarajevo was still under siege in 1995. The Olympic Connection between Sarajevo (1984) and Lillehammer (1994) opened doors and made it possible for the Nansen Academy in Lillehammer to enter the war zone in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Over the last 20 years (see the publication 20 Years in the Eyes of the Storm) the Nansen Dialogue Network has worked steadily, persistently to build up trust and confidence in local communities in the most war torn communities in Europe after WW II, … rebuilding of trust, tolerance and integration.

[Nils Christie, in 2015:]
"But it is clear that these ideas and desires are even more important on the international arena. Steinar Bryn and Nansen Dialogue have created a model that shows that reconciliation, settlement and peace-building is possible, even within where large and fresh post-war wounds still exist. This is vital experiences and ideas of the greatest value for the effort of global peace-building which Nobel had as the aim of the prize; it is new knowledge deserving recognition and the attention that a Nobel Prize will give."

See the full nomination here.


Nominated by the International Peace Bureau, Geneva (the 1910 Nobel laureate):

Tony de Brum and the (Marshall Islands) legal team, Republic of the Marshall Islands

"On April 24, 2014, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, RMI, filed landmark lawsuits against the nine nuclear-armed nations for failing to comply with their obligations under international law to pursue negotiations for the worldwide elimination of nuclear weapons. As the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation [another 2016 nominee] underlines: "The Republic of the Marshall Islands acts for the seven billion of us who live on this planet to end the nuclear weapons threat hanging over all humanity. Everyone has a stake in this."
The RMI has made a courageous step in challenging nine of the world's most powerful states at the International Court of Justice [and in] a parallel court case against the USA at the Federal District Court1. RMI argues that the nuclear weapons‐possessing countries have breached their obligations under Article VI of the Treaty on the Non‐Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and customary international law by continuing to modernize their arsenals and by failing to pursue negotiations in good faith on nuclear disarmament.

RMI's former Foreign Minister Tony de Brum has played the key political role in gaining support and approval for this initiative."

See the full nomination here.


Nominated by Marit Arnstad, Member of the Norwegian Parliament (also in 2015):

Daniel Ellsberg, USA

High-resolution photo here

«…. Ellsberg is an inspiring example of how authoritative and responsible citizen can influence world-historical events. He was willing to pay a high price to share this information publicly – and he contributed significantly to the ending of one of most dismal chapters of the 20th century war history. The fact that Ellsberg is a citizen of one of the world’s most powerful nations adds a particular dimension to his contribution to peace. In addition to this we have Ellsberg’s lifelong and extraordinarily meritorious work for peace and disarmament, where he represents a comprehensive movement that over the years has contributed to peace and détente. He has carried this work forward with undiminished strength during 2015.

Ellsberg’s example and attitudes have proved to be of great current significance, and he has won a well deserved reputation as the “grand old man” of whistleblowing. "

See the nomination here (in Norwegian) and here (in English translation).

Daniel Ellsberg received the Peace Prize of Dresden February 2016, video (Ellsberg from 1:05 to 1:44).


Nominated by Director Jan Oberg, Transnational Foundation, Sweden and Prof Farzeen Nasri, Ventura College, USA (nominated also in 2015):

Richard Falk, USA

High-resolution photo here

A legal scholar working with world order models, global governance, nuclear disarmament to realize UN Charter and peace by peaceful means

"I noticed with considerable satisfaction the emphasis the Nobel Committee chair, Kaci Kullmann Five, placed on Alfred Nobel and his will in her opening words in the Nobel speech on Dec. 10, 2015.

The reference to dialogue, negotiations, and disarmament as central aspects of Nobel's peace vision was in fine harmony with Nobel´s specific recipe for preventing wars by global co-operation on disarmament.

Professor Richard A. Falk, USA, is a world renown scholar who has invested unique skills and energy in a life-long commitment to Nobel's stated goals through consistent work with world order models as well as global governance based on the rule of law and a strong democratic civil society.

His immense production - based on both academic and on-the-ground work - directly points to the many opportunities for creating a world in which there are no nuclear weapons and most conflicts are solved in adherence with the UN Charter's highest norm (Article 1) that peace shall be created by peaceful means - a term which by definition implies nuclear abolition, de-militarisation and the achievement of the world community's decade old commitment to general and complete disarmament.

Referring to and repeating earlier nominations by late professor Ståle Eskeland, Oslo, I would like therefore to nominate Richard Falk for the Nobel Peace Prize 2016.»

Read the nomination letter here

Read also nomination by Prof. Farzeen Nasri, Ventura College, USA, here

Nominated by Prof. Robert J. Glossop, Southern Illinois Uni

Benjamin Ferencz, USA

Bill Pace, USA



To acknowledge the role of civil society organizations in developing international law on the prosecution of war crimes:
«[The two persons I nominate] were instrumental behind the scenes in the development of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Rome Conference of 1998 produced the Rome Statute for the ICC (the Hague) …. the revolutionary permanent tribunal which can prosecute individuals for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. Prosecuting the individuals who are responsible for such crimes is a main way of eliminating war from society.

«Ben Ferenz ... served as Prosecutor for the United States in the Nuremberg war crimes trials after World War II. He later became Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School in White Plains, New York, USA. Books he has authored include Defining International Aggression: The Search for World Peace (Oceana, 1975), Less Then Slaves: Jewish Forced Labor and the Quest for Compensation (Harvard, 1979), An International Criminal Court: A Step Toward World Peace (Oceana, 1980), Enforcing International Law: A Way to World Peace (Oceana, 1983), A Common Sense Guide to World Peace (Oceana, 1985), Planethood (with Ken Keyes, Jr., Vision, 1988, 1991), World Security for the 21st Century (ed., Oceana, 1991), and Global Survival: Security through the Security Council (Oceana, 1994). There are also German-language versions of some of these books. Mr. Ferencz worked behind the scenes with several organizations such as the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in order to convene [and] actively participated in the Rome Conference itself and ...has also given many lectures and participated in many conferences about the ICC."

«Bill Pace ... the Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) and Convenor of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC). He was a member of the Organizing Committee which convened the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference, the largest international peace conference in history on May 11-15, 1999, in The Hague, Netherlands. Nearly 10,000 people from over 100 countries responded to an appeal launched by the International Peace Bureau (IPB), the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms (IALANA), and the World Federalist Movement (WFM). Then he led the formation of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) which played a major behind-the-scenes role in bringing about the Rome Conference and the adoption of the Rome Treaty. His international coalition led the effort to get national ratifications from 60 countries so that the treaty went into effect in July, 2002, much more rapidly than anticipated. Now 123 countries have ratified the Rome Statute, many because of the efforts of the CICC under his leadership. Mr. Pace also has given many lectures and participated in many conferences about the ICC.

See the full nomination here

Benjamin Ferencz also renominated for 2016 by Prof Hope May, Central Michigan Uni,

"Ferencz has passionately worked to make this framework become a reality. At 95, he reminds us of the work that we have yet to accomplish – such as criminalizing aggressive war - and he appeals to young people to continue this intergenerational project. For these efforts Ferencz deserves to be recognized by the world’s population and to be seen as a most ardent worker in the full awakening of the human conscience."

See the full nomination here



Nominated by Desmond Tutu, Archbishop, Nobel laureate, South Africa:

Pope Francis / Jorge Mario Bergoglio

On March 26 the NPPW has added Pope Francis. He was omitted in our original list, for two reasons: 1) We had not succeeded to get hold of the nomination letter, and 2) descriptions in the media, in particular The National Catholic Reporter, clearly indicated that the nomination had little to do with the purpose of the prize – to liberate all nations from weapons, warriors and wars and to let co-operation on security replace threats and military power games.

In our letter of Feb. 2, 2016, to the Nobel Committee we commended the committee for exemplary wording on disarmament in the opening of the chair´s speech at the 2015 peace prize ceremony. Considering the committee´s huge step in the direction of respecting the will, we wish to avoid that Pope Francis will be excluded by a defective nomination. Therefore NPPW has, in a letter of draw the committee´s attention to several public appearances during the “last expired year” (2015) where Pope Francis made proclamations very supportive and relevant to the demilitarized peace order that Nobel wished his prize to promote.

In the annex you will find a selection of quotes that would seem to make it easy for the committee to give a citation loyal to Nobel if it were to select Pope Francis for the 2016 prize.

Please see the attached letter with quotes qualifying Pope Francis and forming the basis of a citation loyal to Nobel´s will.

Nominated by Richard Falk, Princeton, USA:

Johan Galtung, Norway

A prize to honor the pioneer of peace research and a tireless life in develping theory and practice for peace by non-military means

"For decades Johan Galtung has been an inspirational presence in the field of peace studies broadly conceived. His exceptional vitality and mobility has brought this message of understanding and insight into peace with justice to the four corners of the planet in a remarkable fashion that is truly unique in its educational and activist impact. It is no exaggeration to write that he invented and established the field of peace studies as a respected subject of study in institutions of higher learning throughout the world. As a consequence of his charismatic speaking ability and seminal writing Johan Galtung has reached the hearts and minds of thousands of people throughout the world, conveying the belief above all that peace is possible through the dedicated efforts of ordinary people if they are work to change the political climate sufficiently to educate and excert pressure on the political leaders of the world as well as on global media.
With all due respect, the time is long overdue to honor those who through thought and deed have brought Alfred Nobel’s vision to life for students and activists of all civilizational backgrounds. It is only by creating this global peace consciousness at the grassroots level that we can have any realistic hope of overcoming the entrenched militarism that remains so dominant in governmental bureaucracies throughout the world. Giving Johan Galtung the kind of platform that the Nobel Prize affords would itself be an enormous contribution to the realization of a peaceful world, and the fact the he is a Norwegian son would have a special resonance in the country and beyond."

Read the full nomination here.


Nominated by Giulio Marcon, Member of the Italian House of Parliament:


Professor Galtung's unique imprint on the study of conflict and peace stems from the combination of systematic scientific inquiry and the Gandhian ethics of peaceful means and harmony. This has enabled him to communicate and implement shared change within the most different cultural and religious contexts: a lesson which is the key also for the solution of our common XXI century global challenges.

A truly extraordinarily creative, productive and global life at the service of peace would deserve the recognition of the Nobel Peace Prize"

See the full nomination here


Nominated by Kazuko SHIOJIRI (Ph.D.), Professor, Tokyo International University:


Nihon Hidankyo, Japan

Article 9, Japan



"After the atomic-bomb attacks in 1945 on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, ‘Nihon Hidankyo’ has been acting to appeal to whole the world inhuman nature of nuclear weapons and necessity of peace to prevent any kinds of war for humanity.»

"Since its foundation in 2004, ‘Kyujo-no-Kai’ has been appealing to the world spirit of the Article 9 of Constitution of Japan which advocates absolute abandonment of the war, emphasizing significance of peace for existence of humanity in the future."

See the whole nomination here.

Nominated by IPPNW, International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.... (ICAN was also nominated for 2015, see here):

International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear arms, Switzerland

"ICAN ... a global campaign coalition working to mobilize people in all countries to inspire, persuade and pressure their governments to initiate and support negotiations for a treaty to ban and eliminate nuclear weapons. ICAN currently has 424 diverse partner organizations in 95 countries. They include peace, anti-nuclear, environment, development, faith-based, human rights, workers’, women’s, young people’s, social justice and professional organizations.
The principal basis for ICAN’s advocacy for prohibition and elimination of nuclear weapons is their inevitably indiscriminate, inhumane and unacceptable effects, which represent the greatest immedi- ate threat to humankind. .... and has now evolved into an independent international campaign for a nuclear weapons ban treaty.

Prominent supporters of ICAN include UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jody Williams, the Dalai Lama, musician Herbie Hancock, artist Yoko Ono and actor Martin Sheen.

Current context

We are in a time of profound danger. The threat of nuclear weapons has grown in an increas- ingly conflict-ridden, cyber-vulnerable, and climate-stressed world. Although the Cold War ended more than two decades ago, there are still nine nuclear-armed States that possess more than 15,000 nuclear weapons. The nuclear powers have undertaken massive modernization programs to develop smaller, more “usable” nuclear weapons and to ensure the continuation of nuclear era for decades to come. The use of a single nuclear weapon can destroy an entire city and kill most of its people ..."

Read the full 2016 nomination here

NOTE from Nobel Peace Prize Watch to Nobel Committee: The nominator is a participant in the ICAN, but they are two distinct, different and independent organizations If it should still be considered self-nomination, ICAN should be nominated by the committee for serious evaluation in 2016.


Nominated by Mairead Maguire, Northern Ireland, Nobel laureate:

Rebecca Johnson, UK

High-resolution photo here

"Although she became a well-respected writer and teacher on disarmament and arms control, Rebecca never abandoned her roots in nonviolent activism for peace, human rights and justice, working particularly to empower women and support women. Disappointed after her strategies with the New Agenda Coalition to obtain consensus agreement among NPT states for the Thirteen Steps to Nuclear disarmament in 2000 came to naught, Rebecca moved to Scotland in 2006-8, as co-organizer of Faslane 365, a grassroots initiative to mobilise groups of people from all walks of life and all parts of the world to demonstrate their opposition to Trident renewal with nonviolent peace actions at the Faslane nuclear base.
To promote disarmament, she organized and spoke at hundreds of further meetings and actions around Britain and internationally and published analyses and books, including ‘Worse than Irrelevant’ and ‘Trident and International Law’ advocating nuclear disarmament rather than Trident replacement and ‘Decline or Transform’ on the need to strengthen the NPT with additional disarmament measures.

From 2009, Rebecca took the lead in civil society efforts to reframe nuclear disarmament as a humanitarian imperative, serving for some years as the Co-Chair of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and giving civil society’s closing statement at the ground-breaking Oslo Conference on the Humanitarian Impacts of Nuclear Weapons in March 2013.

Full nomination letter, here


Nominated by Prof. Berit von der Lippe, BI (Norwegian Business School), Oslo:

Malalai Joya, Afghanistan

"Malalai Joya stands out with remarkable intelligence, integrity and courage as a woman in Afghanistan who has spoken against the dominating role of warlords in Afghan politics – with whom US/NATO/ISAF collaborated from day one October 2001. She has thus underlined the evident hypocrisy of Western ‘saving and liberating Afghan women’ and has been an outspoken person against Western ambitions to interfere and dominate Third World countries.

She has thus gone to the heart of the militarized world order that exists today. Risking her own life, she has in multiple ways made manifest the betrayal of Nobel’s intention, i.e. a demilitarized world order that Nobel wished his prize to promote. In my view Joya is working directly to realize the farewell to arms purpose that Nobel wished to serve with his peace prize.”

Read the full nomination here


Nominated by Prof Phillip C. Naylor, Marquette University

Kathy Kelly, USA


"Kathy Kelly (born 1952)[1][2] is an American peace activist, pacifist and author, one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness, and currently a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. As part of peace team work in several countries, she has traveled to Iraq twenty-six times, notably remaining in combat zones during the early days of both US-Iraq wars. Her recent travel has focused on Afghanistan and Gaza, along with domestic protests against U.S. drone policy. She has been arrested more than sixty times at home and abroad, and written of her experiences among targets of U.S. military bombardment and inmates of U.S. prisons.» (Wikipedia - further details her peace activism)

See the full nomination here


Nominated by Adj. Prof Bill Wickersham, Uni of Missouri (also in 2015):

David Krieger, USA

High-resolution photo here

Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, NAPF, USA

A valiant fighter, educator and organizer for international co-operation on disarmament and abolition of nuclear weapons,

"Under Dr. Krieger’s guidance, NAPF’s Peace Leadership Program has grown into a recognized international program for peace. Directed by Paul K. Chappell, a West Point graduate, and Iraq war veteran, peace leaders are given the tools and training needed to ... achieve peace. During 2015, this program inspired more than 5000 people.

Critical to the cause of nuclear abolition is the education and involvement of the next generation. NAPF’s vital Internship Program exposes young people to the fields of peace and security, non-profit management, and careers with conscience. Interns gain hands-on experience working with a non-profit educational and advocacy organization. ... Countless interns learn from their time at NAPF that their path in life will involve making the world a more peaceful place.

Dr. Krieger ... has also championed peace and nuclear disarmament in many other organizations. He is a co-founder of Abolition 2000 ... of the International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES) and has served as the Chair of its Executive Committee. He is a founder of the Middle Powers Initiative and has served as the Chair of its Executive Committee. He is a Councilor on the World Future Council and serves as Co-Chair of its Peace and Disarmament Commission.
Dr. Krieger has authored and edited more than twenty books and hundreds of articles on peace, justice and nuclear weapon abolition."

See the full nomination here.


Nominated by prof. Thomas Hylland Eriksen, Uni of Oslo (also in 2015):

Evelin Lindner, Norway

Photo: Evelin Frerk,

"An underlying theme in Lindner’s recent work is that the culture of competing for domination by all means, including armed violence, was once the accepted cultural script worldwide, not just in Africa. It often is accompanied by the indifference of bystanders. Yet, in an interconnected world, this script is more than ethically indefensible. In an interconnected world, no region can hope to remain safely insulated, be it from global ecological damage or from a culture of militarism.»

Read the full nomination 2016 here - full presentation 2015 nomination here

Nominated by Ingeborg Breines, Co-president of the International Peace Bureau (nominated Mayor/UNESCO in 2015)

Federico Mayor and the culture of peace initiative



"Federico Mayor …. continues ... to work for a transition from a culture of imposition and war to a culture of dialogue and peace. Through his writings, talks, and huge network of distinguished people, he is able to inspire and guide thinkers and political decision-makers alike. … At the IPB annual conference in Padova: Paths to Peace in November 2015 Federico Mayor strongly underlined that the world urgently need to disarm to free resources for development and for meeting the challenges of climate change and of migration.
… UNESCO established a culture of peace program, with a large number of partners, and encouraged the UN to make the year 2000 the International Year for a Culture of Peace to be followed by the Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). A Recommendation and a Plan of Action were developed to guide and inspire the work both at a governmental and civil society level. UNESCO developed with some Nobel Peace Prize Laureates a Manifesto for a Culture of Peace that was signed by more than 70 million people and presented to the Secretary General of the UN."

Read the full nomination here


Nominated by Dr. Peter van den Dungen, (formerly) Bradford Uni, UK:


Mayors for Peace

Kazumi Matsui, Hiroshima

Tomihisa Taue, Nagasaki


"Since its foundation in 1982, the international NGO Mayors for Peace has rapidly established itself as probably the most dynamic and important organisation in the global campaign for the abolition of nuclear weapons. It cannot be a cause for surprise that this organisation, which aims to raise global public awareness of the need to abolish nuclear weapons, was initiated by the Mayor of Hiroshima.
The current membership of Mayors for Peace approaches 7,000 cities in 160 countries. Some 1,600 cities in Japan are members, representing 92% of all municipalities in the country, a strong indication of the overwhelming desire of the Japanese people to see a world free of nuclear weapons. The country with the second largest number of members is Iran (800). The common denominator explaining the popularity of the organisation in both countries is that they have been victims of the use of weapons of mass destruction, resulting in a widespread determination among their citizens to work for their elimination worldwide. Just as the Hibakusha of Hiroshima and Nagasaki are playing a vital role in the success of the organisation in Japan, so do the survivors in Iran of the chemical attacks that were launched by Iraq during the long and atrocious war in the 1980s.
The abolition of nuclear weapons remains an urgent task for the world community. Those many individuals, movements and organisations all over the world passionately devoted to this cause are truly among the foremost “champions of peace” that Alfred Nobel wanted to honour and encourage.»

See the full nomination here.

Nominated by Prof. Lawrence S. Wittner, State Uni of New York:

"…. in your deliberations, priority should be given to individuals and movements involved in peace issues with an obvious global significance which, moreover, are urgently demanding a solution. Furthermore the successful nominee should meet the criteria specified by Alfred Nobel in his will.

… but the reduction and abolition of nuclear armaments is a feasible and, indeed, urgent task of the world community.

The fact that the world has so far escaped disaster and that the nuclear arms race has been restrained in some ways is in no small measure due to the campaigning efforts of well-informed, concerned and courageous individuals and the movements they have inspired. This has been documented in my award-winning scholarly trilogy, The Struggle Against the Bomb: A History of the World Nuclear Disarmament Movement.”

Read the whole nomination here


Nominated by Christian Juhl, MP, Denmark (also in 2015):

Dr. Jan Oberg, Sweden

"In 2015, Mr. Oberg used the occasion of TFF's 30th Anniversary, to mobilize the foundation´s great network
for an international seminar with its Associates, webcast live around the world and resulting in 15 videos on
international affairs. As part of its ever-growing outreach, it also launched the online magazine «Transnational Affairs" .

During 2015 TFF focused on Iran and Burund, two main trouble spots and took an early leading role in
advocating, already in May, a genuine humanitarian intervention as a response to the tragic developments in
Burundi. With its specific knowledge obtained during 12 years of work in the country Mr. Oberg and the TFF was in a special position to contribute to preventing war - Both with its international scope and its preventive character Mr. Oberg´s work fulfills main purposes of Nobel´s prize.»

Read the full nomination for 2015 here, with additional points for 2016 here

Nominated by Prof Aytuğ Atıcı, MP, Turkey and Prof. Kristian Andenæs, Uni of Oslo, and Dr. Marouf Bakhit, Jordanian Senate

Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament (PNND)


Efforts by Parliamentarians, across all divisions of nationality, religion, political and economic systems - the true Nobel spirit
"PNND members have built parliamentary support from all states in the Middle East (including Israel) for the proposal for a Middle East Zone Free from Nuclear Weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction. …. runs the Framework Forum, which brings governments together in track two diplomatic roundtables to discuss how to make progress on multilateral nuclear disarmament. … PNND has strong partnerships or cooperation with virtually all the international organisations working for nuclear disarmament, and has played a key role in building cooperation between them.
In 2012, PNND along with the World Future Council, United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs and the Inter Parliamentary Union organized a Future Policy Award focusing on best operating policies for disarmament. The Award ceremony, at the United Nations, highlighted policies on nuclear disarmament and on gun control – and encouraged governments, parliaments and civil society to spread these policies.

In 2013, PNND working with Global Zero, moved nearly 2/3rds of the members of the European Parliament to endorse (personally sign) a Written Declaration in Support of the Global Zero Plan for Nuclear Disarmament – making this European Parliament policy."

Tthe nomination letter names outstanding achievements by individual PNND members, Federica Mogherini, Ed Markey, Jeremy Corbyn, Uta Zapf, Mani Shankar Aiyar, Atimova, Tony de Brum [nominated in person by IPB for 2016], Ui Hwa Chung, Taro Okada, Sabe Chowdury, Bill Kidd, Christine Muttonen.

The PNND Global Coordinator, Alyn Ware, was nominated for the 2015 Nobel

Read the full nomination here

Jordanian Senate, Dr Marouf Bakhit:

"A Nobel Peace Prize would highlight the importance of this parliamentary work, recognize the incredible leadership of PNND and assist in building political support for the initiatives in which PNND is active. Therefore, *the Jordanian Senate House strongly nominates PNND for the Nobel Peace Prize."

Read the whole nomination here


Nominated by Prof Stellan Vinthagen, Uni of Massachusetts, Amherst

September 11th Families
for Peaceful Tomorrows


Kathy Kelly, USA

Medea Benjamin, USA

"I would like to nominate the organization September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, which since 2002 has done a tremendously hopeful work in bringing together victims of non-state terrorism and state terrorism across enemy lines and during ongoing wars, in the US, Afghanistan and Iraq. Instrumental individuals in the creation of the organization has been Kathy Kelly of Voices in the Wilderness (now Voices for Creative Nonviolence), who herself repeatedly has brought medicine into Iraqi people despite the sanctions during the 1990s, and Medea Benjamin of the feminist peace organization Code Pink. ….

September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows has been nominated both 2003 and 2004 but now, in the period of the failed War on Terror it should be obvious to people how the reconciliation work of this organization is the way forward, not the kind of escalations, warmaking and illegal drone attacks that the US, France, UK and others have emphasized. Their website:"

NOTE, NPPW to the Nobel Committee: The nomination mentions the organization, but also clearly points to two central persons. Since Alfred Nobel primarily saw his prizes as meant for individuals, it would be right (in the committee´s first meeting) to consider this as a nomination of all three.

Read the full nomination here. Kathy Kelly has a separate nomination here


Nominated by Prof. Jeff Bachman, American Uni, Washington, USA

David Swanson, USA

High-resolution photo here

"In 2015, World Beyond War grew dramatically under Swanson's direction to include people in 129 nations. World Beyond War produced a book authored by Swanson titled A Global Security System: An Alternative to War that has had an impact on discussions of U.S. foreign policy. Swanson has been a consistent and determined advocate for change in U.S.

In 2015, Swanson published numerous articles and gave many speeches advocating peace and the abolition of war. His articles are collected at He was an advocate of the nuclear agreement with Iran. Swanson visited Cuba in 2015, met with the staff of the not-yet U.S. embassy, and advocated for better and more just relations, including an end to the embargo and the return to Cuba of its land in Guantanamo. Also in 2015, Swanson has been active in the community of activists who oppose the entire institution of war, as well as in the general public through writing and speaking for reducing militarism and rethinking the idea that war is inevitable.

It is also important to note Swanson's role with In 2015, Swanson worked as campaign coordinator for the online activist site. Through a combination of online and "real world" activism, has successfully brought pressure to achieve numerous steps toward peace, while building an online activist membership of 650,000 people for future action. In December 2015, a and World Beyond War petition urged the Congressional Research Service to resume reporting on international weapons sales after a three year hiatus. Within weeks, the CRS released a new report. … In January 2015, after a petition pushed the United States to negotiate with North Korea rather than rejecting its offer to halt nuclear tests, the U.S. did begin negotiating -- with outcome yet to be determined. "

See the full nomination here

Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu has given warm recognition for David Swanson´s World Beyond War, see this video


Nominated by Prof Alf Petter Høgberg, Uni of Oslo (also in 2015, with co-nominators Nils Christie and Ståle Eskeland):

Peter Weiss, New York

IALANA, International Association of Lawyers against Nuclear Arms, Berlin, New York, Colombo (Sri Lanka)

Juristen und Juristinnen gegen atomare, biologische und chemische Waffen, Berlin


«I resubmit the nomination for 2015, ... In addition I would like to mention that in 2015, ”the last expired year,” IALANA, Peter Weiss, and the German section have continued to clarify the illegality of nuclear weapons law cooperating with and backing the case Marshall Islands is conducting at the UN Court, ICJ, on the obligations of nuclear-armed nations to engage in efficient procedures to abolish nuclear weapons. IALANA makes valiant efforts to develop international law through a treaty banning nuclear weapons adopted in international diplomacy.

The German IALANA branch is particularly active in a “Peace trough Law” project seeking to strengthen international law and make it a well known and operative feature of national and international relations. This work is at the core of Nobel´s idea of a “prize for the champions of peace.” The resort to court instead of arms was a key component of the peace thinking of Bertha von Suttner (arbitration and Schiedsgerichte) and the work of the “champions of peace” that Alfred Nobel wished to support by his prize.

… To develop a world governed by law, not power, was a central concern of Nobel using the term «brotherhood of nations» in his will and is central to the activities of the IALANA community.

See the full 2016 nomination here , the 2015 nomination here


Nominated by Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, Australian Parliament (also nominated in 2015):

Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)

"I endorse all Christine Milne´s remarks in the attached 2015 nomination and draw your attention to the work of WILPF during the past year, the centenary year of the organization … one hundred years of public advocacy and action by women around the world to promote sustainable peace and disarmament culminating in the hugely successful 2015 Women’s Power to Stop War centenary conference in the Hague, is surely deserving of recognition with this year’s Peace Prize.

Over the past year women have worked to connect, strengthen and celebrate the work of women peace makers wherever in the world they live. It built on the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 passed in 2000 which recognized the role of women in peace making and the prevention of conflict and the work of WILPF over the last 15 years on the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

A peace negotiation anywhere, which fails to give women a voice and which fails to acknowledge the crimes against women will not be sustainable. Please advance women’s rightful place at the peace making table by recognizing the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom as 2016 Nobel Peace Prize winner."

See the full nomination here.



for screening nominations qualified to win the Nobel “prize for the champions of peace”:

While others, the committee, parliamentarians, peace researchers, even peace people base
their views on a VERY wide understanding of «peace» (= they use the prize as they like) the
NPPW list is based on studies of what counts under the law, what Nobel actually wanted.

The best, most direct, access to Nobel´s own understanding of the “champions of peace” he
described in his will lies in his correspondence with Bertha von Suttner, the leading peace
protagonist of the period. The letters deal with breaking the arms race-driving logic of the old
saying: “If you wish peace, prepare for war” and how to make countries agree on this.

Thus the purpose of Nobel - to liberate all nations from weapons, warriors and wars – has
been decisive in our screening. The prize is primarily meant to prevent wars, not resolve old
conflicts. It is not a prize for good deeds, but for a basic reform of international relations.

Candidates that work for global co-operation on international law and disarmament directly
are the primary winners – but also important work that indirectly serves to illustrate the
imperative need for international demilitarization should be considered. But to deserve
the Nobel prize activities should point beyond resolution of local situations.

At the time of Nobel many statesmen listened to the voices for peace and disarmament,
today very few officials and politicians hold the peace view that Nobel wished to support. In
our view the prize must keep up with the times and in today´s world belongs mainly to the
grassroots, civil society, that contest the official culture of violence, not to leaders who just
respond to political processes as they are supposed to in a democracy.

"I like to believe that people, in the long run, are going to do more to promote peace
than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of
these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it." US
President Dwight D. Eisenhower 1959

Alfred Nobel would have liked to see his committee think along the same lines.

Nobel Peace Prize Watch, Feb 2, 2016




The Nobel Peace Prize Watch Appeal:

"An Imperative Condition For The Security And Prosperity Of Humanity"

As armaments increase and threats and use of military force again permeate international politics, the Nobel Peace Prize Watch (see calls the attention of the world to Alfred Nobel and the original idea of his peace prize. Nobel wished to honor and encourage “the champions of peace” working for a grand co-operation to liberate all nations from weapons, warriors and wars. Using the term «creating the fraternity of nations» in his will, Nobel referred to a common idea at the time and envisaged nothing less than changing the course of history through a new global system for disarmament, peace and justice.

As far as we know, the Norwegian awarders, i.e. Parliament and the Nobel committee, have for over 7 years (as of March 2015) made no attempt to contest or refute the above conclusions as to the purpose of Nobel´s prize. To reverse and undo militarism is an imperative condition for the security and prosperity of humanity. The Nobel Peace Prize Watch has made a list of valid candidates for 2016. I/We point to this list and demand that the Norwegian awarders respect and promote Nobel´s visionary peace idea, and not a less ambitious purpose.

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