Theodor Meron made Grand Officier by French president

Judge Theodor Meron, Charles L. Denison Professor of Law Emeritus and Judicial Fellow, has been made a Grand Officier of the National Order of Merit by a decree of President François Hollande of France.

Meron, left, with Ambassador Ménat

Pierre Ménat, the French ambassador to the Netherlands, where Meron is president of both the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, conferred the title on Meron at an official ceremony on April 16. The Grand Officier designation honors Meron as “one of the main actors of the emergence of international justice.”

A leading expert on international humanitarian law, human rights, and international criminal law, Meron joined the NYU Law faculty in 1977. His scholarship helped form the legal foundations for international criminal tribunals. Meron is past honorary president of the American Society of International Law, past co-editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law, a member of the Institute of International Law, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of both the Manley O. Hudson Medal and the Charles Homer Haskins Prize. In 2007, then-President Jacques Chirac of France made Meron an Officer of the Legion of Honor.

Posted May 16, 2014