Robert Badinter is a French lawyer and politician born in 1928 in Paris. He was a professor of law at the Sorbonne, minister of justice, president of the French Constitutional Council and senator of the French National Assembly. In his long-term legal and political career, he mainly advocated for the abolition of the death penalty in France, which he succeeded in doing in 1981.
Badinter chaired the Arbitration Commission of the Peace Conference on Yugoslavia, which concluded in 1991 that the SFRY was in the process of disintegration, on the basis of which, on January 15th 1992, the countries of the European Union recognized the state independence of Croatia and Slovenia within the existing borders.
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