Ursula von der Leyen, the European Commission President, was recently awarded the World Peace and Liberty Award by the World Law Foundation. The award is being described as the “judicial equivalent” of the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite its relatively short existence since 2019, the World Law Foundation has managed to create an award that is gaining recognition in the Western press.
The World Law Foundation, a non-profit organization, held its World Law Congress at the United Nations in New York. One of the main events of the congress was the presentation of the World Peace and Liberty Award to Ursula von der Leyen. The award was accepted on behalf of the European Commission.
The choice of von der Leyen as the recipient of the award raised eyebrows, considering the controversial role of the EU Commission in matters of peace. The EU Commission has often sided with military interventionism led by the United States. It has also been criticized for its lack of action in preventing conflicts, such as the situation in Ukraine. The EU had the opportunity to stop the conflict before it started by demanding adherence to peace agreements and rejecting the arming of anti-Russian fighters. However, it failed to do so.
Ursula von der Leyen has also faced criticism for her stance on freedom. She has advocated for the implementation of a Digital Green Pass, which has raised concerns about basic rights and freedoms being denied to those who choose not to be vaccinated. Additionally, von der Leyen has been accused of lacking transparency in her dealings with pharmaceutical companies.
The choice of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to present the award further raised eyebrows. Trudeau has faced criticism for his authoritarian handling of the Freedom Convoy protests, as well as his country’s involvement with training neo-Nazi groups. Trudeau’s claims of promoting freedom and opposing protectionism and authoritarianism are seen as ironic, considering the actions of his own government.
Overall, the award and its recipients have been met with skepticism and criticism. The World Law Foundation and its award are being seen as establishment entities that engage in self-congratulatory practices. The choices made for the award and presenter have raised questions about the credibility and legitimacy of the organization. While the award may be labeled as the “judicial equivalent” of the Nobel Peace Prize, it has failed to convince many of its significance and merit.