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Council of State of Luxembourg

Council of State of Luxembourg

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

As of 1 July 2016, 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). Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 August 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  3. "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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