17 Professors of Law encourage Storting President to review procedures for selection to Nobel Peace Price Committee
In a letter sent to the Storting President Nov. 29, 17 Law Professors from the University of Oslo, The University of Bergen, and the University of Tromsø write that the Storting's procedures for election to the Nobel Peace Prize Commitee should be reviewed in light of Nobel's will and testament.
The current process where political parties nominate candidates to the committee that are confirmed in the Storting have been a frequent issue of discussion this fall, but it has been debated for many years.
- There is nothing in Nobel's will and testament about the Storting electing members that represent the different political parties, says Alf Petter Høgberg, Professor at the Department of Public and International Law at the University of Oslo.
The Law Professors concern is that the members of parliament don't fit the will that it should be made up of the "the best qualified for the purpose of the Peace Prize."
- In order for the Peace Prize to maintain it's status as an independent award there has to be made changes that secure that the prize is well founded, says Professor Malcolm Langford at the Department of Public and International Law.
The letter was also sent to the political party groups at the Storting, and Rødt made a §8 suggestion promoting change.
The letter was signed by the following Professors:
Professor em. dr. philos. Kristian Andenæs, UiO
Professor dr. juris Finn Arnesen, UiO
Professor dr. juris Cecilia Marcela Bailliet, UiO
Professor mag.art. Nils A. Butenschøn, UiO
Professor dr. juris Thomas Eeg, UiB
Professor dr. juris Terje Einarsen, UiB
Professor dr. juris Gunnar Ketil Eriksen, UiT
Professor em. Stein Evju, UiO
Professor dr. juris Anne Hellum, UiO
Professor dr. juris Alf Petter Høgberg, UiO
Professor, PhD Jørn Jacobsen, UiB
Professor dr. juris PhD Sören Koch, UiB
Professor PhD Malcolm Langford, UiO
Professor dr. juris Alla Pozdnakova, UiO
Professor dr. juris Kirsten Sandberg, UiO
Professor dr. juris Jo Stigen, UiO
Professor em. dr. juris Aslak Syse, UiO