Helena Jäderblom receives France’s highest national distinction

This Monday evening, 19 September, President and Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court Helena Jäderblom received the National Order of the Legion of Honour (Ordre national de la Légion d'Honneur) following a decision by President Emmanuel Macron.

Helena Jäderblom was awarded the distinction, among other things, for her contribution to the cooperation between Sweden and France in the field of administrative law, as well as for her outstanding achievements during her six years as a judge on the European Court of Human Rights from 2012 to 2018.

“With this award, France wants to express its gratitude for your commitment to defending fundamental human rights and the rule of law, but also for your involvement in the dialogue and cooperation between our two countries”, says the ambassador of France to Sweden, Etienne Le Harivel de Gonneville.

The ceremony awarding the National Order of the Legion of Honour was held yesterday at the French Residence (Bromska Palatset) in Stockholm.

“I am delighted and honoured by the award. I have received it in part as a result of the collaboration between the Supreme Administrative Court and the French Council of State, and accordingly wish to convey my warm gratitude to my colleagues at the Supreme Administrative Court who have contributed to ensuring the resounding success of the collaboration”, says Helena Jäderblom.

Facts regarding the National Order of the Legion of Honour:
The order was established in 1802 by Emperor Napoléon Bonaparte and became France’s premier national order in 1830. Appointment to the order is carried out by the President of the Republic, who acts as the Grand Master, by decree and on the advice of the government and the order’s Grand Chancellor. The order's motto is Honneur et Patrie ("Honour and Motherland") and its seat is the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur next to the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.