Rare insignia conferred to UT Law Professor
AUSTIN, Texas - Professor Basil Markesinis, the Jamail Regents Chair in Law at The University of Texas School of Law, was given the insignia of Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of Italy in November on behalf of the President of Italy, Signor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, "for services to Italian law, comparative law and European integration."
Last year Markesinis was promoted to the rank of Knight Officer by the President of France Jacques Chirac, in recognition of his work as one of the "most eminent comparativists of modern Europe." One year ago in November, Markesinis became the first foreigner to give a public lecture at the highest French court, the Court of Cassation, in Paris. The lecture, "Unity or Division: The Search for Similarities in Contemporary European Law," was attended by 567 top judges, civil servants, professors, and ministers.
Markesinis is the world's leading English-language authority on European private law and holds seven doctorates. In addition to holding UT Law's Jamail Regents Chair in Law and directing UT Law's Institute for Transnational Law, he is a member of the American Law Institute, and an elected Fellow of the British Academy, the Royal Belgian Academy, the Academy of Athens, and the Royal Dutch Academy. In addition, his work has been honored with the highest national awards from the presidents of Germany, Italy, Greece, France, and from the Queen of England. He currently holds a joint appointment with the University College of London where he founded, and serves as chairman for, the Institute for Global Law.