Intergenerational Justice Prize 2024

The Foun­da­tion for the Rights of Future Gen­er­a­tions (FRFG) and the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Foun­da­tion (IF) joint­ly pro­mote: the Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Prize. The prize is award­ed bien­ni­al­ly. A total of €10,000 – gen­er­ous­ly endowed by the Stiftung Apfel­baum – is award­ed each year and divid­ed among the win­ning entrants.

The Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Prize 2024 deals with the subject
“Long-term Peace­keep­ing for Future Generations”

The dead­line for sub­mit­ting papers expires 31 May 2024.

Peace is not only a fun­da­men­tal human need but also a key fac­tor for the well-being and devel­op­ment of future gen­er­a­tions. Secur­ing peace is essen­tial as it cre­ates an envi­ron­ment where suc­ceed­ing gen­er­a­tions can unlock their poten­tial and achieve sus­tain­able devel­op­ment. Wars and vio­lent con­flicts have dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for soci­ety. They result in loss of life and health, destroy com­mu­ni­ties and infra­struc­ture, dis­rupt edu­ca­tion and social progress, and often leave long-last­ing trauma.

The pos­ses­sion of nuclear weapons gives human­i­ty, for the first time in his­to­ry, the means to bring about its own extinc­tion. The war in Ukraine and the grow­ing ten­sions around Tai­wan have made the use of nuclear weapons more like­ly than ever before. Human­i­ty can­not afford to rely on nuclear deter­rence; the cur­rent approach to nuclear weapons is not sus­tain­able. The use of all types of nuclear weapons leads to the imme­di­ate destruc­tion of human lives and infra­struc­ture. Apart from that, it also leads to long-term con­se­quences for the envi­ron­ment. In addi­tion, the main­te­nance and mod­ern­iza­tion of nuclear arse­nals require sig­nif­i­cant finan­cial resources. These resources could instead be invest­ed in areas such as edu­ca­tion, health­care, pover­ty alle­vi­a­tion, and the fight against cli­mate change to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Secur­ing long-term peace requires actions at indi­vid­ual, nation­al, and inter­na­tion­al lev­els. It demands build­ing trust and pro­mot­ing dia­logue among nations, coop­er­at­ing in con­flict pre­ven­tion and res­o­lu­tion, strength­en­ing insti­tu­tions for peace and jus­tice, pro­mot­ing human rights, and pur­su­ing sus­tain­able development.

We here­by ask for con­tri­bu­tions that con­sid­er and analyse the top­ic from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives. In order to receive the com­plete sub­mis­sion require­ments (for­mal require­ments and an offi­cial reg­is­tra­tion form) for those who are inter­est­ed, please con­tact us via e‑mail at with the sub­ject „Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Prize 2024“. The best entries will be con­sid­ered for pub­li­ca­tion in the next issue of The Inter­gen­er­a­tional Jus­tice Review.

The mem­bers of the expert pan­el are:

— Dr. Math­ew George: Direc­tor of the Stock­holm Inter­na­tion­al Peace Research Insti­tute (SIPRI) Arms Trans­fers Programme
— Prof. Dr. Ger­ald Kirch­n­er: Direc­tor of the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäck­er Cen­ter for Sci­ence (ZNF)
— Prof. Dr. Dr. Chris­t­ian Reuter: Depart­ment of Com­put­er Sci­ence, TU Darm­stadt, PEASEC – Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy for Peace and Security
— Prof. Dr. Con­rad Schet­ter: Direc­tor of the Bonn Inter­na­tion­al Cen­tre for Con­flict Stud­ies (BICC)
— Prof. Dr. Michal Smetana: Insti­tute of Inter­na­tion­al Stud­ies at Charles Uni­ver­si­ty (Prague), Direc­tor of the Peace Research Cen­ter Prague
— Ele­na K. Soko­va: Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Vien­na Cen­ter for Dis­ar­ma­ment and Non-Pro­lif­er­a­tion (VCDNP)
— Prof. Bri­an Toon: Depart­ment of Atmos­pher­ic and Ocean­ic Sci­ences and Research Sci­en­tist at the LASP of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Colorado
— Prof. Dr. Her­bert Wulf: Senior Fel­low at BIIC and Senior Asso­ciate Fel­low Insti­tute for Devel­op­ment and Peace (INEF)

For fur­ther details on past prizes take a look into our Awards Archive.