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][5]

Position Name Nominator[6] Councillor since[7]
President Georges Wivenes CSV 1 August 2006
Vice Presidents Agnès Durdu DP 7 April 2006
Albert Rodesch LSAP 13 February 2003
Councillors Guillaume, Hereditary Grand Duke # Grand Duke 2006-06-1010 June 2006
Romain Nati LSAP 15 October 2004
René Kollwelter LSAP 29 April 2005
Marc Schaefer LSAP 18 December 2006
Patrick Santer CSV 27 April 2009
Lydie Lorang CSV[8] 2010-02-011 February 2010
Charles Lampers CSV [9] 28 February 2011
Martine Deprez CSV 31 October 2012
Christophe Schiltz LSAP 28 November 2013
Lucien Lux LSAP 24 December 2013
Mike Mathias Greens 28 April 2014
Alain Kinsch DP 4 February 2015
Marc Thewes CSV 4 February 2015
Jeannot Nies CSV 11 May 2015
Sam Tanson Greens 7 June 2015
Dan Theisen DP 10 June 2015
Héloïse Bock DP 25 July 2015
Marc Colas CSV 27 November 2015
Isabelle Schlesser 1 July 2016


  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). forum.lu. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "Composition" (in French). Council of State. Archived from the original on 17 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  4. ^ "Membres" (PDF) (in French). Council of State. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Membres depuis 1857" (in French). 7 July 2017.
  6. ^ "On achève bien les chevaux" (PDF). Forum 261 (in French). Forum. 10 November 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  7. ^ "Membres depuis 1857" (in French). Council of State. Archived from the original on 3 November 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2009.
  8. ^ Zeimet, Laurent (14 January 2010). "Wird Lydie Lorang neues Mitglied des Staatsrates?". Luxemburger Wort (in German). Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 26 August 2011.
  9. ^ "Neues Mitglied für Staatsrat steht fest". Luxemburger Wort (in German). 15 February 2011. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011.

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