Each year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee receives more than 250 valid nominations suggesting candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize. The number has risen steadily as the Prize has become increasingly globalized. The Nobel Committee reviews all nominations before creating a short-list consisting of twenty to thirty candidates. This list provides the basis for further investigations and candidate analyses submitted by the Committee’s permanent consultants and other local or international experts.
As a rule, the Committee reaches its conclusion at the very last meeting before the announcement of the Prize at the beginning of October. The Committee seeks to achieve unanimity in its selection of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate. On the rare occasions when this proves impossible, the selection is decided by a simple majority vote.