Death of Jean-Denis Bredin, committed lawyer and academician

“Jean-Denis Bredin has left us. He was one of our most brilliant colleagues possessing a pen like no other which had taken him to the French Academy., wrote on his Twitter account Olivier Cousi, president of Paris, to announce the death of the lawyer and academician Jean-Denis Bredin. Died at 92, he was the father of former socialist minister Frédérique Bredin.

The Minister of Justice, Éric Dupond-Moretti, also saluted his memory in a tweet : “A very great figure of the French bar has just passed away. He will have marked his era with his talent and the many fights he has led..

A creed: to denounce judicial excesses

Born in Paris in 1929, Jean-Denis Bredin taught at the Faculty of Law of Rennes, Lille, at Paris-Dauphine University then, from 1971, at Paris I before being named Emeritus Professor. A lawyer at the Paris bar from the 1950s, he joined Robert Badinter in 1965 to found a business firm that would become one of the most famous in the country. In addition to being a lawyer, he became an academician in 1989.

He is the author of some twenty historico-judicial works, including a reference book (The case, 1983) on Alfred Dreyfus, one of the most famous victims of miscarriage of justice in the history of France. His fictions, short stories and essays bear witness to his struggles. Her first novel, A guilty person (1985), is the story of a miscarriage of justice. A court at attention (2002, on the trial of Pierre Mendès France in 1941) and infamy (2012, on the Riom lawsuit in 1942 brought by Vichy against Léon Blum and others), also recount the legal excesses.


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