Timetable for 2016

  • 30 April 2016: deadline for submission of nominees for the 2016 Prize.
  • 30 August 2016: first meeting of the Selection Panel in Prague which will shortlist three candidates out of the candidatures received.
  • 9 October 2016: second meeting of the Selection Panel in Strasbourg which will select the final Prizewinner from the shortlist.
  • 10 October 2016: Prize Award Ceremony in Strasbourg in the Debating Chamber of the Parliamentary Assembly during its Autumn Session.
  • 12 October 2015: Inernational Conference In Honour of Prizewinner Václav Havel Human Rights Prize.

Speech on receiving an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem

„My somewhat desultory attitude about studying Kafka’s works comes from my vague feeling that I don't need to read and re-read everything Kafka has written because I know what I’ll find there anyway. I'm even secretly persuaded that if Kafka did not exist, and if I were a better writer than I am, I would have written all his works myself.“

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, April 26, 1990

What Price Human Rights?