Pax Christi International Peace Prize

Pax Christi International makes it a point to honour men and women who stand up for peace, justice, and nonviolence across the globe.

In publications and posters, Pax Christi International’s member organisations often tell the stories of well-known peace heroes such as Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, Franz Jägerstätter, and the martyrs of El Salvador.

But we do not look only into the past for our heroes. Pax Christi International awards an annual peace prize to a contemporary figure or organisation working against violence and injustice, usually at the grassroots level.

2019 Peace Laureate
European Lawyers in Lesvos

Pax Christi International is pleased to announce that the European Lawyers in Lesvos (ELIL), based in Greece, is the recipient of the 2019 Pax Christi International Peace Prize.

One of the very few providers of legal assistance on the Greek island of Lesvos (also known as Lesbos, a focal point of mass immigration into Europe), ELIL was founded in June 2016 by the Council of Bars and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) and the German Bar Association (DAV). These organisations represent the bars and law societies of 32 member countries and 13 further associate and observer countries across Europe, and through them more than one million European lawyers.

Since that time, along with a small permanent staff, almost 150 volunteer asylum lawyers from 17 countries have provided free legal assistance to more than 9,000 people, most of whom are from Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan. ELIL is the largest provider of legal assistance to asylum seekers on Lesvos and is the primary provider of legal assistance to unaccompanied minors who have been incorrectly registered as adults (over 500 cases in total) and asylum seekers in detention (almost 200 cases in total). In addition to other services, ELIL also helps reunite families by assisting with family reunification applications under the Dublin Regulation

The press release is available by clicking here.

A complete list of past recipients of the Pax Christi International Peace Prize will added to this page soon. Thank you for patience. In the interim, you can find more about the Peace Prize and our past Peace Laureates at this link.