Awardee of the Hessian Peace Prize 2018: Şebnem Korur Fincancı

Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Norbert Kartmann at the award ceremony (Photo: © Hessischer Landtag, Kanzlei, Hermann Heibel)
Şebnem Korur Fincancı and Norbert Kartmann at the award ceremony

On 28 November 2018, the Hessian Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to the Turkish physician Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı . With this award, the Board of Trustees acknowledged her persistent commitment to the victims of torture and human rights violations.


The forensic physician and professor of forensic medicine at the University of Istanbul is a leading international expert on torture documentation, a former member of the executive committee of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims and one of the lead authors of the groundbreaking Istanbul Protocol, which has established international standards for the investigation and documentation of torture. Prof. Dr. Şebnem Korur Fincancı focuses her scientific work on the question of how physical and psychological torture can be detected and documented. Only the systematic identification of traces of torture enables adequate medical and therapeutic care for the victims. At the same time, it is of utmost importance for the legal prosecution and political processing of the acts, a prerequisite for the processes of conflict resolution and thus the basis for maintaining peace and hope for reconciliation.