Council of State of Luxembourg

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The Council of State (Luxembourgish: Staatsrot, French: Conseil d'État, German: Staatsrat) is an institution in Luxembourg that advises the national legislature, the Chamber of Deputies. Until 1 January 1997, it was also the country's supreme administrative court, but this function was ceded to the newly created Administrative Tribunal and Administrative Court.[1]

The Council of State was created by King-Grand Duke William III in the Coup of 1856. It was originally entirely appointed by the Grand Duke, but this was changed in 1866, and, despite the roll-back of many changes brought about by the coup, the Council of State has otherwise remained.[2]


The Council of State is composed of twenty-one councillors, who are appointed by the Grand Duke. Of these, at least eleven must hold doctorates in law.[3] Neither number applies to members of the Grand Ducal Family, who may be appointed as additional members of the Council.[3] Membership is restricted to Luxembourgian nationals, who are resident in the Grand Duchy, are in possession of their full civil and political rights, and are at least 30 years old.[3] The final restriction does not apply to the heir to the Grand Duchy, who may be appointed as soon as he or she is granted that title.

Current councillors[edit]

As of 23 November 2013, the members of the Council of State are:[4]

Position Name Nominator[5] Councillor since[6]
President Victor Gillen DP 1999-12-2020 December 1999
Vice Presidents Viviane Ecker LSAP 2001-03-2929 March 2001
Georges Pierret CSV 2000-01-1414 January 2000
Councillors Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke # Grand Duke 2006-06-1010 June 2006
Martine Deprez CSV 2012-10-3131 October 2012
Agnès Durdu DP 2006-04-077 April 2006
Albert Hansen CSV 2001-02-2323 February 2001
René Kollwelter LSAP 2005-04-29 29 April 2005
Charles Lampers CSV[7] 2011-02-2828 February 2011
Lydie Lorang CSV[8] 2010-02-011 February 2010
Roger Molitor CSV[9] 2008-02-1515 February 2008
Romain Nati LSAP 2004-10-1515 October 2004
Agnès Rausch Greens 2000-02-1122 February 2000
Albert Rodesch LSAP 2003-02-1313 February 2003
Patrick Santer CSV 2009-04-2727 April 2009
Marc Schaefer LSAP 2008-12-1818 December 2006
Christophe Schiltz LSAP 2003-02-1328 November 2013
Kik Schneider DP 2000-04-088 April 2000
Paul Schmit DP 2000-06-099 June 2000
Françoise Thoma CSV 2000-10-2727 October 2000
Georges Wivenes CSV 2006-08-011 August 2006
vacant Greens none


  1. ^ Marc Feyereisen. "Report for Luxembourg" (PDF). Association of Councils of State and Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions of the European Union. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  2. ^ Christiane Huberty (November 2006). "Le Conseil d'État – un produit du conflit constitutionnel du milieu du XIXe siècle" (PDF) (in French). Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Composition" (in French). Council of State. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Membres" (in French). Council of State. Retrieved 2008-05-19. 
  5. ^ "On achève bien les chevaux" (PDF). Forum 261 (in French). Forum. 10 November 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  6. ^ "Membres depuis 1857" (in French). Council of State. Retrieved 2009-04-05. 
  7. ^ "Neues Mitglied für Staatsrat steht fest". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 15 February 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  8. ^ Zeimet, Laurent (14 January 2010). "Wird Lydie Lorang neues Mitglied des Staatsrates?". Luxemburger Wort (in German). Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Zu langsam, zu undemokratisch". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 12 October 2009. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 

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