Three decades after founding the Cornell Summer Institute of International and Comparative Law, a collaboration between Cornell Law and the Sorbonne Law School in Paris, John J. Barceló, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of International and Comparative Law and the Elizabeth and Arthur Reich Director of the Berger International Legal Studies Program, will be named a Chevalier in the Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, the highest recognition France gives non-citizens.
“Professor Barceló has been at the center of the Law School’s growth in international and comparative law,” says Stewart J. Schwab, the Allan R. Tessler Dean and Professor of Law. “He is a great colleague, teacher, and mentor. He has been intimately connected with the French legal system and Cornell Law’s many programs with French law schools, including overseeing our longstanding Paris Summer Institute, a five-week academic program in international and comparative law at the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. Jack Barceló is richly deserving of this honor.”
The award will be formally presented by François Delattre, French Ambassador to the United States, in a private ceremony in Ithaca on Monday, April 2; also in attendance will be Philippe Lalliot, French Consul General in New York, and Richard Ortoli ’80, who nominated Barceló for the award, and serves as the elected representative of French citizens living in the eastern United States. At 1:30 p.m. that afternoon, Ambassador Delattre will deliver a public lecture on “The New Opportunities in the Franco-American and the Transatlantic Partnership” in the Moot Court Room in Myron Taylor Hall.
“Professor Barceló’s contribution to French-American relations is unquestionably significant, and that significance is underlined by the fact that the French Ambassador will present the medal in person,” says Ortoli. “I felt strongly that Professor Barceló deserved to be recognized by an appropriate decoration—the Légion d’Honneur, France’s highest civilian and military award—and I was deeply gratified when President Nicolas Sarkozy signed the final decree.”