Who is Yves Bot?
In 1995, Yves Bot was nominated by Jacques Toubon as prosecutor of Nanterre, then minister of justice. He directed the corthouse of Le Mans and worked as a counsellor to Pierre Méhaignerie at the ministry of Justice.
Between October 2002 and October 2004, he was procureur of the Paris court of large claims. Between October 2004 and October 2006, he was procureur général of the Paris Court of Appeals, and as such one of the most important members of the French prosecution service. Since 2006 he is Advocate General at the European Court of Justice.
His views on stem cell research have met vigorous disagreement from medical professionals and sufferers from diseases that might be treated using stem cell technology, as his proposal that patenting of stem-cell based medicine should be banned to protect "human dignity" is considered by many to be a threat to the commercial viability of stem-cell research, and a consequent threat to the health of sufferers of diseases that might be treated using stem-cell based medicine.