Robert Badinter

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Person.png Robert Badinter  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(judge, deep state operative?)
Robert Badinter.jpg
Born30 March 1928
Died9 February 2024 (Age 95)
Alma materUniversity of Paris, Columbia University
Spouse • Anne Vernon
• Élisabeth Badinter
Member ofLe Siècle, Saint-Simon Foundation
InterestsBosnian war
PartyFrench Socialist Party
French judge and politician who gave the legal fig leaf for the dismemberment of Yugoslavia. Did favors for the Rothschild family. Husband of Elisabeth Badinter

Employment.png French Senator

In office
24 September 1995 - 25 September 2011

Employment.png President of the Constitutional Council

In office
19 February 1986 - 4 March 1995
Appointed byFrançois Mitterrand

Employment.png France/Minister/Justice

In office
23 June 1981 - 19 February 1986

Robert Badinter was a French lawyer, politician and author who was Minister of Justice under François Mitterrand,[1] where he did favors for the Rothschild family.[2] He was a member of the deep state Saint-Simon Foundation and le Siècle.

He has also sat in high-level appointed positions with national and international bodies, and noticeably "advised" in favor of what the NATO powers wanted on all points regarding the dissolution of Yugoslavia.

Early life

Robert Badinter was born 30 March 1928 in Paris to Simon Badinter and Charlotte Rosenberg.[3] His Bessarabian Jewish family had immigrated to France in 1921 to escape pogroms. During World War II, after the German occupation of Paris, his family sought refuge in Lyon. His father was captured in the 1943 and deported with other Jews to the Sobibor camp, where he died or was killed shortly thereafter.[4]

Badinter graduated in law from Paris Law Faculty of the University of Paris. He then went to the United States to continue his studies at Columbia University in New York City where he got his MA. He continued his studies again at the Sorbonne until 1954.[5]


Badinter rose to prominence during the 1960s as a defence lawyer. He successfully defended the child murderer Patrick Henry and managed to get the jury of the lower court, court d'assise in Troyes not to issue the death sentence, despite the very strong reactions against the crime. Badinter skillfully turned the jury against a death sentence by reversing the process against the death penalty as such, invoking here the previously executed child murderer Christian Ranucci and the personal consequences of the execution for those close to him. Henry was sentenced to life imprisonment and released in 2001.

In 1965, Badinter was appointed as a professor at University of Sorbonne. He continued as an Emeritus professor until 1996.[6]

After the victory of the Socialist party in the presidential and parliamentary elections in 1981, Badinter was appointed Minister of justice and in the autumn of the same year presented to the National Assembly a bill on the abolition of the death penalty, which was adopted, shortly thereafter, also by the Senate.

When the banks were nationalized by the socialist government in 1981, Badinter secretly intervened with the president to arrange an exception for the Rothschild family, which were allowed to recreate their bank in 1984.[2]

Badinter remained as Minister of justice until 1986, when he was appointed by Mitterrand as president of the Constitutional Council, which oversees that legislative work follows the Constitution.[7] On his resignation from this council in 1995, Badinter was elected senator and remained so until his retirement in 2011.

Badinter was the president of the Court of Conciliation and Arbitration for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) 1995-2013.[8]

Badinter Committee

The Arbitration Commission of the Conference on Yugoslavia (commonly known as Badinter Committee or Badinter Commission) was a body set up by the Council of Ministers of the European Economic Community (EEC) on 27 August 1991 to provide the conference on Yugoslavia with legal advice.

Robert Badinter was appointed to President of the five-member Commission consisting of presidents of Constitutional Courts in the EEC. The Yugoslav Federal Presidency was "allowed" to appoint two of the commissioners, but this had to be done unanimously, so Yugoslavia ended up with none, the last two instead being appointed by the EEC.[9]

The Arbitration Commission has handed down fifteen opinions on "major legal questions" raised by the conflict between several republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (SFRY).[10]

The Commission noticeably "advised" in favor of what the NATO powers wanted on all points. The Commission decided that the legal process of the dissolution of Yugoslavia had completed and so the country no longer existed. It "advised" that the unilateral declarations of independence of Slovenia, Croatia and others were allowed with certain stipulations, while the boundaries between Croatia and Serbia, between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, etc were unalterable. The Commission also ruled that the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) could not legally be considered a continuation of the former Yugoslavia, but it was a new state.


In 2009, Badinter expressed dismay at the Pope's lifting of the excommunication of English Catholic bishop Richard Williamson, who had expressed Holocaust denial and also was consecrated a bishop without papal approval.[11] The Pope reactivated the excommunication later.

At the start of the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in 2011, in which the IMF Managing Director was accused of rape and was arrested by the police in New York, Robert Badinter reacted by saying to France Inter that he was outraged by the "media killing" and denounced the "failure of an entire system".[12][13] In 2012, he again defended the former IMF director on RTL, believing that "each time, justice stops" [14]


He was married to actress Anne Vernon. In a second marriage, he married the feminist writer and professor of philosophy Elisabeth Badinter (one of the six daughters of Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet, founder of Publicis), with whom he has three children.

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