Wilhelmsson receives the Nordic Jurist’s prize

Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson receives the prestigious Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation’s prize of 1 million Swedish Crowns for his achievements in legal science.

Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson receives the prestigious Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation’s prize of 1 million Swedish Crowns for his achievements in legal science.

Thomas Wilhelmsson receives the prize from H.R.H. Crown Princess Victoria at the Nordic Convention of Jurists in Stockholm, in front of thousands of participants today. The prize is handed out in association to the Nordic Convention of Jurists every third year.

Professor Wilhelmsson is awarded the prize as a recognition of a comprehensive and remarkable literary production within the fields of civil law and European law, being of great import for the development of the Nordic legal system.

– I am deeply humble and thankful for the great honour of being granted the Nordic Jurist’s prize, says Wilhelmsson.

He especially wants to emphasize the collective background of the award winning accomplishments. Successful research is usually carried out in a group and in a creative environment.

– I would probably not have received this prize, had I not had the privilege to continually work in close correlation with my colleagues and in the multidisciplinary productive surroundings, which the Faculty of Law offers. I have also had the advantage to be able to engage a significant number of highly talented and inspiring doctoral students in my research projects.

Thomas Wilhelmsson is Doctor iuris honoris causa at three universities; University of Uppsala, University of Oslo and University of Tartu. He is Professor in civil and commercial law since 1981 and Rector since 2008.

The Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation is one of the largest financiers of research in Sweden. The Chairman of Stockholms Enskilda Bank, K. A. Wallenberg, and his wife Alice, founded the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation in 1917 with an initial endowment of 20 million Swedish Crowns.

The Wallenbergs continued developing the Foundation over the next three decades. During this period, they gradually transferred the main part of their accumulated assets.

The purpose of the Foundation is to promote scientific research, teaching and/or education beneficial to the Kingdom of Sweden.

Prior to Rector Thomas Wilhelmsson, two Finns have received the Knut and Alice Wallenberg’s Foundation’s prize for achievements in legal science; Professor Lars Erik Taxell and the President of the Supreme Court, Leif Sevón.

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Text: Nadine Aschan
Photo: Elin Ivemo
18.8.2011
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