Prize 2018


The International Prize Henri La Fontaine (worth € 10,000) is intended to honor living individuals, institutions or public or private bodies active, contributing significantly to the defense, transmission and updating of values were those defended by Henri La Fontaine, Nobel Peace Prize 1913, such as humanism, social justice, feminism and self-examination. The international price for Henri La Fontaine Humanism was established by the Foundation Henri La Fontaine. The award bears the name of the Belgian Henri La Fontaine (1854- 1943), a lawyer specializing in international law who chooses the path of pacifism to influence society. His project leads especially to chair the International Peace Bureau and participate in the early work of the Assembly of the League of Nations which prefigures the United Nations. In this same concern for peace, he created in 1895 the International Office bibliography with Paul Otlet. Member of the Belgian Workers Party and a Freemason, he argues in favor of universal suffrage and is sensitive to women. emblematic figure of the early twentieth century, Henri La Fontaine is one of the first socialist Senators in 1895. He remained chairman until 1935.


Henri LA FONTAINE 2018 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, please distribute them widely. 

The deadline for submitting a nomination is 15 June 2018. The jury will meet in July 2018.

The Prize ceremony will take place on October 2018.

Kind regards,

Daniel Sotiaux, President of the Henri La Fontaine Foundation