Melchior Wathelet

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Melchior Wathelet
Minister-President of Walloonia
In office
11 December 1985 – 3 February 1988
Preceded by Jean-Maurice Dehousse
Succeeded by Guy Coëme
Personal details
Born (1949-03-06) 6 March 1949 (age 66)
Political party Humanist Democratic Centre
Alma mater University of Liège
Harvard University

Melchior H. M. J. F. C. Wathelet (born 6 March 1949) is a Belgian politician and member of the Humanist Democratic Centre. He has degrees in law and in economics (University of Liège) and is a Master of Laws (Harvard University). He is also a professor at the Catholic University of Louvain and the Université de Liège. From 1995 to 2003 he was a Judge at the European Court of Justice. Since October 2012 Wathelet serves as advocate-general at the Court of Justice.

Political career[edit]


As Justice Minister he had, according to David Canter, "encouraged the early release of many sex offenders" which included Marc Dutroux, a convicted child molester and subsequent serial killer.[2] This particular release resulted in the European Parliament calling for his resignation.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Presentation of the Members". Court of Justice. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  2. ^ David Canter (2003). Mapping Murder. The Secrets of Geographical Profiling. Virgin Books. ISBN 1-85227-078-0.  Page 175.
  3. ^ Eades, David (6 November 1997). "Belgian judge urged to quit over Dutroux paedophile case". BBC News (London). Retrieved 24 March 2015. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Jean-Maurice Dehousse
Minister-President of Walloonia
Succeeded by
Guy Coëme