According to Fredrik Heffermehl, a Norwegian lawyer and peace activist, more than half the Nobel Peace Prizes awarded since 1946 have been awarded illegally.
(They were illegal because they did not follow the expressed will of Mr Nobel, the millionaire inventor of dynamite. In Mr Heffermehl’s book Nobels Vilje (Nobel’s Will) only one of the 10 prizes awarded since 1999 isn’t illegitimate under Norwegian and Swedish law. Seemingly the will stated, “One part to the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” The awards he names as illegitimate are: Mother Teresa (1979); Lech Walesa (1983); Yasser Arafat, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin (1994); Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi (2003); Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai (2004); and Al Gore (2007) – surely Mr Obama has to be added too. So, guys, could we have our Nobel Peace Prize back please?”)