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March 14, 2005

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Allegra Young, UT Law, (512) 917-9159.

Buckingham Palace Investiture for Sir Basil Markesinis

Texas professor knighted for his contribution to comparative law

Photo of Basil

        Markesinis receiving the accolade from Queen Elizabeth
H.M. Queen Elizabeth II dubs Sir Basil "Knight Bachelor", formally investing him with his new honor. The investiture ceremony took place at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday March 9. Photo credit: BCA Film.

AUSTIN, Texas — On Wed., March 9, H.M. Queen Elizabeth II conferred the title "Knight Bachelor" on Sir Basil Markesinis QC, DCL, FBA, for his "services to Comparative Law and International Legal Relations." The formal investiture or dubbing ceremony took place in Buckingham Palace.

This award is exceptional in part because knighthoods are rarely awarded to law professors prior to retirement. It is thus believed that at the present moment there are few such instances at Oxford, Cambridge and London. This is the first known instance of a professor at The University of Texas receiving this honor.

Markesinis' official title now changes to Professor Sir Basil Markesinis QC, DCL, FBA. His wife's official title will become Lady Markesinis.

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Initial Announcement (detailed): http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/010505_knighthood.html