Former British Ambassador Sir Christopher Meyer Speaks

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Monday, March 26, 2012

5:30 PM

6:30 PM



Sir Christopher Meyer, former British ambassador to the United States, will speak to members of the law school community.  The event is free and open to the public and is hosted by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy.

Ambassador Meyer, who previously chaired the Press Complaints Commission in the UK, will speak about the regulation of the news media, international law, and his new documentary entitled "Network of Power." He will also talk about the phone hacking scandal at News Corp.

Sir Christopher Meyer, Honorary Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, was educated at Lancing College, the Lycée Henri IV, Paris, and Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he read History. After Cambridge, he spent a year at the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Bologna, Italy.

Sir Christopher joined the Diplomatic Service in 1966. After two years in London, he was posted to Moscow from 1968 to 1970, and then to Madrid from 1970 to 1973. He became speech-writer to the Foreign Secretary.  In this capacity he worked until 1978 for three Foreign Secretaries.  On returning to London in 1984, he spent four years as Foreign Office Spokesman and Press Secretary to the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe (Later Lord Howe of Aberavon).

In 1988-89 he spent a sabbatical year as a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s Centre for International Affairs.  He served for two years Government Spokesman and Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. After serving as British Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany from March 1997 to October 1997, Sir Christopher was appointed Ambassador to the United States from October 1997 to February 2003, the longest period since the Second World War.

Sir Christopher became Chairman of the Press Complaints Commission in March 2003. Sir Christopher was made Knight Commander, Order of St Michael and St George in 1998. In 2005 Sir Christopher published a book of memoirs entitled “DC Confidential.”

In the spring of 2010, Sir Christopher became the first taught Honors 353, “Empire and Diplomacy,” with UNC Professor Theodore H. Leinbaugh OBE.

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