The Nils Klim Committee

The Nils Klim Committee consists of Nordic scholars from the academic fields covered by the Prize. The Holberg Board appoints the Nils Klim Laureate based on the Committee's recommendation.

  • Portrett Astradur Eysteinsson Ástráður Eysteinsson (Chair)

    Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Iceland 

  • Andreas FøllesdalAndreas Føllesdal

    Professor of Political Philosophy, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo

  • Dorthe Staunæs Portrait Dorthe Staunæs

    Professor of Social Psychology, Danish School of Education, Emdrup, Aarhus University

  • Susanna Paasonen_privatSusanna Paasonen

    Professor of Media Studies, Department of Media Studies,

    University of Turku

  •  portrait Xavier GroussotXavier Groussot (on leave 2023/2024)

    Professor of EU Law and Pro Dean at the Faculty of Law, Lund University
  • Sara Stendahl Portrait Sara Stendahl (Deputy member 2023/2024)

    Professor of Public Law, School of Business, Economics and Law, University of Gothenburg


The Nils Klim Committee is responsible for assessing the nominations and presenting a recommendation for the Holberg Board. They begin their work as soon as the nomination list is ready in late August and meet in January/ February to make their final decision on a recommendation. It is the Holberg Board who appoints the Nils Klim Laureate. This usually happens at a board meeting shortly after the committee has handed over their recommendation in late February.

The committee chair is Ástráður Eysteinsson.

Appointment of committee members

The Holberg board appoints new members to the committee. Members are elected for a term of three years, with possibility for reelection once. In addition to scholarly achievements, variation in geography and scholarly fields are also criterias which committe members are chosen from. As a rule, all five Nordic countries are represented amongst the committee members.