Maître Daniel Jacoby

Daniel Jacoby was born in Saint-Mande (Departement Val de Marne) on August 14, 1933. He is married and has two children. He started his advocacy at the Paris Court of Appeal; in the following years he represented some of the Algerian resistance fighters during the war of independence, as well as some of the opponents of the Franco and the Soviet regimes. Jacoby is a co-founder of the newspaper Libération. Since 1970, he has been a member (between1986 and 1995 also the president) of the International Human Rights Federation (F.I.D.H.). Furthermore he took part in several international judicial investigations in different countries. For his work in the field of human rights, he was made a Knight of the French Legion of Honour.

Important Dates:


Lawyer at the Paris Court of Appeal


Secretary at the Conference of the Junior Lawyers (Paris Court of Appeal), in the following years, member of the French Institute for International Law Experts

Since 1965

Lawyer of the organisation UGTSF (Union of the Senegalese Workers in France) and for numerous other foreign workers

1968 - 1972

Defence counsel of opponents of the Soviet regime opponents (including Kouznetzov, Chtcharanaski) and of members of the Committee for the Preservation of the Helsinki Treaty from the Soviet Union and other Eastern European countries

1969 - 1995

Member of the Central Committee of the French Human Rights League

Since 1970

Member of the International Human Rights Federation (F.I.D.H.)

1986 - 1995

President of F.I.D.H.

Since 1995

Honorary President of F.I.D.H.

Since 2003

Secretary-General of "France Libertés" Foundation Danielle Mitterrand


In 1960 Daniel Jacoby was awarded the Edouard Foy Prize, he is also a member of the French Order of Merit and a Knight of the French Legion of Honour

[June 2011]

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