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Right Livelihood Centre of the University of Zurich

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The Right Livelihood Centre of the University of Zurich (RLC) acts as a hub between Right Livelihood, the University of Zurich (UZH) and the public.

The Right Livelihood Award, also known as Alternative Nobel Prize, is presented annually by Right Livelihood. In addition, the foundation considers it one of its duties to make the Laureates' knowledge and practical work accessible by cooperating profoundly with Universities all around the world. It partners with international university networks such as the Right Livelihood College and the Global Campus of Human Rights. The Right Livelihood Centre of the University of Zurich has been founded within this context. 

The RLC contributes to teaching, continuing education and public relations to make the Laureates’ knowledge and their practical work accessible. At the same time, the centre helps to transfer academic research in the area of human rights and sustainability into the work of Right Livelihood.

The foundation for the cooperation of Right Livelihood with the University of Zurich is the annual lecture, which took place in 2008 for the first time at the University's aula. Ever since, a current Laureate holds a public lecture about their work and knowledge in November or December every year.


Annual Lecture

The annual Award Lecture in November or December was initiated by the Right Livelihood Foundation Switzerland and the Master of Advanced Studies in Applied History of the University of Zurich in order to present important personages to a broader audience. The Right Livelihood Centre hosts the lecture since 2019.

Impressions of the 15th Right Livelihood Lecture with Fartuun Adan & Ilwad Elman


Lectures since 2008

2022    Fartuun Adan & Ilwad Elman, Somalia

2021    Marthe Wandou, Cameroon: «Marthe Wandou et l’ONG ALDEPA à l’Extrême-Nord Cameroun: parcours, succès, défis et perspectives»

2020    Bryan Stevenson, USA: «Beat the drum for justice»

2019    Aminatou Haidar, Western Sahara: «La lutte non-violante du peuple sahroui»

2018    Tony Rinaudo, Australia: «If you work with nature, miracles are possible» / «Welche Zukunft wollt ihr für eure Kinder?»            

2017    Yetnerbesh Nigussie, Ethiopia: «Focus on the person, not the disability» 

2016    Can Dündar für Cumhuriyet, Turkey: «Wir werden weiter schreiben!»

2015    Gino Strada, Italy: «Effective responses to global humanitarian emergencies» / «Es gibt keine Rechtfertigung für Krieg»

2014    Asma Jahangir, Pakistan: «Human Rights in an Unsafe Environment» / «Ein Leben für die Menschenrechte»

2013    Hans Herren, Switzerland: «Gesunde Nahrung in einer gesunden Umwelt»

2012    Sima Samar, Afghanistan: «Afghanistan – Zwischen Zuversicht und Angst»

2011    Jacqueline Moudeina, Chad: «Im Einsatz für die Gerechtigkeit»

2010    Erwin Kräutler, Brazil: «Im Einsatz am Amazonas»

2009    René Ngongo: Congo: «Kann Kongos Regenwald unsere Erde retten?»

2008    Monika Hauser, Germany: «Wann haben Sie zuletzt vergewaltigter Frauen gedacht?»


Weiterführende Informationen

Save the Date: 28 September

On 28 September, Right Livelihood will announce this year's winners of the "Alternative Nobel Prize" in Stockholm. Accordingly, we would like to invite our network to celebrate this with us at the Kulturpark. The evening offers the opportunity to learn more about the laureates on the day of the announcement and to meet and exchange with colleagues from the university and civil society here in Zurich.

15th Right Livelihood Lecture

On 23 November 2022, the 15th Right Livelihood Lecture took place at the University of Zurich. In this edition, the current laureates Fartuun Adan and Ilwad Elman came come to Zurich.

Laureates 2022

The Right Livelihood Award Laureates 2022

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A Global Network

«The RLC enables the UZH to be in regular exchange with Right Livelihood Award Laureates. This network sharpens our awareness of the global challenges of sustainable development.»

Prof. Lorenz Hilty, UZH Sustainability Delegate