NATO SHAPE Serge Lazareff Prize Awarded to Brigadier General Shane Reeves


| May 6, 2023

Dean Award

On 5 May, the Office of Legal Affairs at NATO Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) presented the Serge Lazareff Prize to Brigadier General Shane Reeves. General Reeves is the 15th Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy and former Head of the Law Department.

The award letter cites General Reeves’s major role as a facilitator to urgent and complex legal matters in support of the Allied Command Operations Officer of Legal Affairs, SHAPE and his Director. Further, the award letter notes General Reeves’s leadership as the Dean of the Academic Board which provides a unique approach to the new threats and challenges faced by NATO. We are very grateful both for General Reeves’s leadership and for the NATO SHAPE Legal Office’s recognition of General Reeves’s work to support NATO.

The Lazareff Award commemorates the lifelong professional accomplishments of Mr. Serge Lazareff. After serving as General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s French language interpreter and legal advisor at Allied Forces Centre, Mr. Lazareff was a long-serving NATO legal advisor. His work focused on securing the legal status of foreign forces, and he was instrumental to the development and implementation of the NATO Status of Forces Agreement. He later became General Counsel for International Operations and Vice-President Asia-Pacific with the French industrial group Pechiney. He held many professional distinctions including the Commander of the Legion of Honour.

We hope our readers will congratulate General Reeves on this important distinction.



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