Charles Léon Hammes

Lawyer, Deceased Person

1898 – 1967


Who was Charles Léon Hammes?

Charles Léon Hammes was a Luxembourgian lawyer, judge and the third President of the European Court of Justice.

Hammes was born in 1898 in Falk, Luxembourg. After serving as a lawyer at the Luxembourg bar between 1922 and 1927, he made a career as attaché at the Ministry for Justice; Magistrate; Deputy State Prosecutor; Judge at a tribunal d’arrondissement; Judge at the Cour supérieure de justice; Councillor on the Litigation Committee of the Council of State; Professor Extraordinary at the University of Brussels; Member of the Council of State of Luxembourg; Member of the Benelux Commission on Unification of Law; President of the National Commission for the Hague Conference on Private International Law; President of the Legislative Studies Commission of the Grand Duchy. In 1952, a became a Judge at the Court of Justice of the ECSC, and later a Judge at the Court of Justice of the European Communities from 1958 to 1964, when he became the President of the Court of Justice. During the last two years, Hammes was also the President of the Court of Arbitration of the Association between the EEC and the African and Malagasy States associated with that Community. He died only two months after retiring from the Court of Justice in 1967.

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May 21, 1898
Dec 9, 1967

on July 23, 2013


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