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Robert Lecourt (19 September 1908 - 9 August 2004) was a French politician and lawyer, judge and the fourth President of the European Court of Justice.

Lecourt was born in Pavilly, Seine-Maritime. He began his career as an Avocat at the Cour d’appel de Paris (Court of Appeal, Paris), during the war, he was a member of the Underground Management Committee of the movement ‘Résistance’ and member of the National Liberation Movement. After the war, he became a member of the Provisional Consultative Assembly; deputy for Paris (1945-58); deputy for Hautes-Alpes (November 1958); Minister for Justice (on several occasions between 1948 and 1958); Minister responsible for aid and cooperation between France and the Member States of the Community, subsequently for the overseas départements and territories and Sahara (January 1959-August 1961); Member of the Executive Committee of the European Movement. In 1962 he became a judge at the European Court of Justice, and in 1967 its President. Lecourt retired in 1976; and died in 2004 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France.

Political offices
Preceded by
Charles Léon Hammes
President of the European Court of Justice
1958–1976
Succeeded by
Hans Kutscher
Preceded by
André Marie
Minister of Justice of France
26 June 1948–11 September 1948
Succeeded by
André Marie
Preceded by
André Marie
Minister of Justice of France
13 February 1949–28 October 1949
Succeeded by
René Mayer
Preceded by
Édouard Corniglion-Molinier
Minister of Justice of France
6 November 1957–1 June 1958
Succeeded by
Michel Debré

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