30 January 2024

Michael Meyer named Honorary Kings Counsel

The British Red Cross’ Head of International Law Michael Meyer has been named an Honorary King’s Counsel (KC). Michael is one of five Honorary KCs appointed in the annual list. Honorary KCs are awarded to those who have made a major contribution to the law of England and Wales, outside practice in the courts. 

As Head of the International Law Department, Michael represents the British Red Cross on the UK National Committee on International Humanitarian Law. His nomination reflects his expertise in international humanitarian law (IHL), his influence in helping to shape the law and the quality of advice he has provided to the UK Government on IHL and its domestic implementation. 

Michael Meyer OBE KC said: 

“It is a great honour and privilege to have been appointed an Honorary King’s Counsel. I strongly believe in international humanitarian law, its universal values, and its enduring relevance as seen in armed conflicts worldwide.” 

Richard Blewitt, executive director for international at the British Red Cross, said: 

“In his 41 years at the British Red Cross, Michael has worked tirelessly to promote international humanitarian law and improve the public’s understanding of it. He has played an invaluable role protecting the red cross emblem, so it remains an international symbol of neutrality and protection during armed conflicts, allowing authorised healthcare and humanitarian workers to deliver lifesaving aid.  

“Michael’s formidable work ethic is matched by his kindness and humility. He inspires countless colleagues across the global Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and his dedication and service have helped to develop the legal framework which seeks to keep people safe during armed conflicts.” 


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  • Michael Meyer’s biography is below 

Michael Meyer 
Mr Meyer is Head of the International Law Department at the British Red Cross. He has served on government delegations to international meetings and represents the British Red Cross on the UK National Committee on International Humanitarian Law. He has also been a member of the governing bodies of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law and of the UK Group of the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War. 

Mr Meyer was nominated for providing advice and support to the government on a range of matters relating to international humanitarian law, and its implementation in UK domestic law and policy. He is a recognised expert on the law on the international stage: his views are highly respected and influential in helping to shape the law, promoting the UK positions on issues of operational and legal significance. 

About the British Red Cross  

For over 150 years, the British Red Cross has helped people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. With millions of volunteers across 191 countries, the British Red Cross is part of an international humanitarian Movement that’s there for people before, during and after a crisis. Together, we are the world’s emergency responders. www.redcross.org.uk