The All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values is awarded to eminent scholars and intellectuals whose work represents a significant contribution to the cultural values of Europe and to the idea of European integration, thereby promoting and strengthening an understanding of Europe as multifaceted, intellectual, open and vibrant. The prize also seeks to underline the importance and value of outstanding scientific and intellectual activities for the advancement of the European project and our common values.

Europe is remarkable in that its definition and geographic boundaries have varied over the centuries, yet there has always been a kind of constant understanding of European culture as rooted in an inherent openness supported by a dynamic and vigorous intellectualism. In a time when the cultural diversity of Europe seems to be increasingly threatened by scepticism, extremism and instability, this prize serves to remind us of this deep-rooted and revered characteristic of Europe.


Law scholar Helen Keller, 2021 Madame de Staël Prize Laureate

On the occasion of the 2021 ALLEA General Assembly, law scholar Helen Keller was announced laureate of the 2021 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. The Jury recognised Keller’s important contribution to the development and consolidation of human rights jurisprudence in Europe as well as her commitment to fundamental rights.

Helen Keller is Chair for Public Law, European and Public International Law at the University of Zurich. She is a former member of the UN Human Rights Committee and served as Judge at the European Court of Human Rights in the period of 2011-2020. In December 2020, she was appointed Judge to the Constitutional Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Previous Laureates

Mariana Mazzucato

2019 Laureate

2018 Madame de Staël Prize Winner

Andrea Pető

2018 Laureate

2017 Madame de Staël Prize Winner

Koen Lenaerts

2017 Laureate

2016 Madame de Staël Prize Winner

Rémi Brague

2016 Laureate

2015 Madame de Staël Prize Winner

Helen Wallace

2015 Laureate

2014 Madame de Staël Prize Winner

Luisa Passerini

2014 Laureate

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