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Pahl Peace Prize Foundation

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The laureates are chosen by a Foundation Board, which makes its decisions independently. The foundation board accepts nominations for the selection of the prize winner from anyone. Proposals must be accompanied by a detailed statement of reasons, indicating achievements for peace and justice.

Dr. iur. Markus Otto Hasler

Dr. iur. Markus Otto Hasler completed his legal studies at the Leopold Franzens University in Innsbruck (Austria) and graduated with the academic degree of “Doctor of Laws” in 1985. After a judicial internship at the Princely District Court in Vaduz, Dr. iur. Markus Otto Hasler worked as a lawyer in a renowned trust company in Liechtenstein until June 1988.

From 1988 he took over the management of the former “Treuhandbüro Hasler”, which had been founded and managed by his grandfather, legal agent Ludwig Hasler, in 1936.

On June 6th 1988, Dr. iur. Markus Otto Hasler founded the trust-company Senat. Together with his business partner Friedhelm Gruber, he expanded this enterprise from 1990 until the retirement of his partner in 2014 and is today the sole shareholder of Senat AG and responsible member of the company’s board of directors.

By taking over all the mandates of the “Treuhandbüro Hasler” and successfully building up the Senat AG with his partner, the trust company today has a worldwide network of cooperation partners and clients.

Friedhelm Gruber

After studying economics and law at the University of Bonn, Friedhelm Gruber worked for Bayer AG in Leverkusen, focusing on labour law, employee leasing, patents and trademarks.

From 1990 to 2014, he was a partner at Senat AG and was responsible for management consulting, international tax planning, financial planning, charitable foundations and family foundations.

Friedhelm Gruber is a member of the Board of Directors of Catam Asset Management AG.

Dr. Jan-F. Hellmann LL.M.

Dr. Jan-Frederik Hellmann received his legal education at the universities of Bielefeld, Münster and Frankfurt am Main.

He obtained a Master’s degree (LL.M.) in Anglo-Saxon law in Wellington/New Zealand in 2008, specializing in international public law and international criminal law.

He then completed a doctorate in environmental and constitutional law on the topic of sustainability and intergenerational justice.

Dr Hellmann has been successfully practicing as a lawyer since 2011. He is particularly active in restructuring and insolvency law and was appointed as a specialist lawyer for insolvency law in 2018. In the same year, he was appointed as a notary public and thus became active in the areas of foundation, corporate, family and inheritance law.

Due to his marriage to a US-American woman and several years of living abroad, Dr Hellmann has excellent English skills and a sound knowledge of Anglo-Saxon law.

Dr Hellmann has travelled to many European countries (including Russia, Norway, Portugal and Turkey) on solo motorbike trips.