Nomination archive

Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize
Number:31 - 1
Name: The Institute of International Law (Institut de Droit International)
Profession:Scientific society aimed at developing international law as a codified science.
Country:BELGIUM (BE)
Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 1904
Motivation:The Institute of International Law was nominated for its work to draft the first international arbitration regulations, and for its efforts to establish a codification of the laws of war.
Name:Richard Kleen
Profession:Member of the Institute of International Law
Country:SWEDEN (SE)
Comments: Kleen nominated the Institute of International Law. However, in his letter to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, he stated that he would rather have nominated Henri Dunant and Gustave Moynier if it had been possible to do so. Kleen believed that according to the peace prize statutes they did not qualify as candudates. In one of the paragraphs it is stated that the laureate will receive the peace prize for his or her accomplishments during the last year. Kleen stated that since Dunant and Moynier's lifelong peace work was the achievement of a lifetime and since he could not refer to any particular accomplishments of the last year, he reckoned that they did not qualify for the peace prize. He strongly believed that Dunant and Moynier were the best candidates for the peace prize, and he regretted not being able to nominate them.