Yves Bot, a magistrate these past 13 years with the European Court of Justice, died Sunday. He was 71.
“Mr. Yves Bot was a staunch defender of the values of the European Union and worked throughout his career both to make the justice system more humane and to bring it closer to the people whom it serves,” the Luxembourg-based court said in a statement Tuesday.
France’s Ministry of Justice confirmed Bot’s death as well, noting that the country was “los[ing] a very great magistrate.”
Bot was a lifelong former prosecutor who obtained law degree at Rouen, followed by his doctorate in law at the University of Paris.