III Meeting of the Legal Advisers of European Bishops' Conferences

Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, 10-12 December 2017

One of the task of the legal advisers of the Bishops’ Conferences is to monitor the legislative activity of their own country and within the European institutions with a view to ascertaining compatibility with the Church’s social teaching.

Since the challenges are often common among individual European Nations, the meeting is an opportunity for discussion and sharing of legal solutions adopted by the individual countries over issues which affect in particular the defence of the dignity of the human person, a person’s rights, issues surrounding life, etc. It is their role to advise the bishops over legal issues which affect the right to work, to property, building issues, etc.

This year, in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the legal advisers will visit the Court of Justice of the European Union.

The meeting is held behind closed doors.

Topics of the programme

Among the topics that will be discussed:

  • Significant issues for the Church in discussion at the European Union Court of Justice
  • “The end of life”
  • “Migration – current legal issues”
  • “Legal language and ideologies in international documents and treaties: the example of the Istanbul Convention”