Who is Qualfied to Nominate for the Peace Prize?

In September 2016 the Nobel Committee revised their descriptions of qualified nominators. Please refer to our annotated list below, derived from the Nobel Institute’s own list, with only added color and emphasis. If you fall into one of these categories (1 and 4 are the largest), please submit a confidential nomination for our proposal.  If you are not qualified to nominate, we encourage you to submit a public endorsement.  And of course sharing this effort with friends and associates will be incredibly helpful.

Qualified Nominators for the Nobel Peace Prize

1. Members of national assemblies and national governments (cabinet members/ministers) of sovereign states as well as current heads of states
2. Members of The International Court of Justice in The Hague and The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague
3. Members of Institut de Droit International
4. University professors, professors emeriti and associate professors of history, social sciences, law, philosophy, theology, and religion; university rectors and university directors (or their equivalents); directors of peace research institutes and foreign policy institutes
5. Persons who have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
6. Members of the main board of directors or its equivalent for organizations that have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize
7. Current and former members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee (proposals by current members of the Committee to be submitted no later than at the first meeting of the Committee after 1 February)
8. Former advisers to the Norwegian Nobel Committee

Category 1 has a very large membership.  National assemblies would include parliaments, congresses and other variants of the legislative branches of national governments.  The addition of cabinet members and ministers is newly articulated detail.

Category 4 has an even larger membership.  Formerly reading ‘professors’, the Nobel Committee has now indicated that Associate Professors and Emeritus Professors are qualified to nominate.  The title of ‘rector’ has been expanded to include “university directors (or their equivalents),” so that chancellors and presidents are now more clearly defined as qualified to nominate.  Professors of five different disciplines are included as Qualified Nominators:

  • history,
  • philosophy,
  • law
  • theology or religion, and
  • the social sciences.

The ‘social sciences’ include a surprisingly large number of academic areas.  Wikipedia lists well over 200 branches and sub-branches of the social sciences and there are likely many more.   Thus it is likely that any member of a university community has access to qualified nominators.  

Categories 5 and 6 constitute a smaller group, but one whose nominations may be given considerable weight.  If you are able to contact a Peace Prize Laureate please let us know.