Henri La Fontaine Prize 2020

Henri LA FONTAINE 2020 Prize for Humanism

Call for applications

Dear Sir or Madam,

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 are available here and the application information sheet, please distribute them widely.

The deadline for submitting a nomination is 30 May 2020.

The jury will meet in June 2020.

The Prize ceremony will take place on 21 September 2020, International Day of Peace.

Kind regards,
Daniel Sotiaux, President of the Henri La Fontaine Foundation