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It’s “Officier”

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Theodore MeronOn June 20, Theodor Meron, Charles S. Denison Professor of Law Emeritus, was made an officer in the Legion of Honor, earning him France’s highest distinction. French Ambassador to the Netherlands Jean- Michel Gausso presented the medal recognizing Meron’s role as the president of and a judge on the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda.

In his acceptance speech, Meron heralded France’s contributions to international law and justice—from the Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizen to creating the modern system of civil law—but noted the nation’s greatest achievement is far more personal. “It is a country which has a special place in my heart,” he added, “because, as you know, my wife is French.”