Appeal to candidacy


CONCERNS : Henri LA FONTAINE 2016 Prize for Humanism


Dear Madam, Sir,

The Henri La Fontaine Prize for Humanism was created by the Foundation Henri La Fontaine in memory of Henri Lafontaine, Nobel Peace Prize in 1913.

An international law expert, Henri Lafontaine chose the path of pacifism as a society project. His project led him to imagine and create the League of Nations, predecessor of the United Nations Organisation.

To promote peace, he played an active role in the International Peace Bureau. As President, he effortlessy endeavoured to avoid the outbreak of WW1 (1914-1918).

Driven by universal values, he will contribute to the International Office of Bibliography in 1895. In this context, with Paul Otlet, he will set up a place, the MUNDANEUM, where all world knowledges would be gathered to promote peace and understanding between the people.

He later led a political carrer under the banner of socialism and promoted universal sufferage.

Vice-President of the Belgian Senate, freemason and feminist, he also engaged in movements promoting women emancipation.

He published numerous articles and books on legal, political and literary issues.

Hundred years later, his legacy remains essential and highly relevant.

The first achievement of the Foundation was the creation of the Henri La Fontaine Prize for Humanism to promote individuals or organisations who defend the same values.

The Prize rules (in French and English) are annexed - please distribute them widely. The deadline for submitting a nomination is 1st of September 2016.

The rules can also be downloaded on the Foundation’s website:

The jury will meet in October 2016 and will be chaired by French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf.

The Prize ceremony will take place on 10 December, International Human Rights Day.

Thank you in advance for distributing this letter.

Kind regards,


Jean-Paul DEPLUS,

Chief Executive