Since 1989 the Consortium organizes meetings on a yearly basis.



The Consortium publishes different contents about the relationship between State and Church.



Prestigious researchers from different European universities and institutions are part of the Consortium.


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The European Consortium for Church and State Research was founded on December 12th 1989.

The Consortium is composed of a number of professors sharing a common interest in the relations between States and religious denominations in Europe from a historical, political and, particularly, juridical point of view.

The Consortium promotes studies in this spectrum, organizes meetings and facilitates contacts between scholars from the various European Countries. It especially promotes the cooperation in scientific research and the sharing of specialized knowledge. Furthermore, the Consortium provides consultation and advisory services for both state and private corporations, whether national or international, regarding institutional activities within the Consortium's field of interest.

Since 1989 the Consortium organizes meetings on a yearly basis. The proceedings of the Consortium's meetings have been published by Dott. A. Giuffrè Editore (Milan), Bruylant (Brussels), Nomos (Baden-Baden), Peeters (Leuven), Institute for European Constitutional Law (IECL, University of Trier) and Comares (Granada) in cooperation with other publishing houses. The Consortium has published the annual "European Journal for Church and State Research - Revue européenne des relations Églises-État". Moreover, a handbook on "State and Church in the European Union" has been published in cooperation with the Consortium. The book, originally published in German, was translated into English, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Hungarian, Greek, Polish, Russian and Georgian. In collaboration with the Unité de Recherche Droit, religion, entreprise et société (DRES, CNRS and Université de Strasbourg) a bibliographical database on law and religion has been established in 27 European countries.

The Consortium is directed by an annually elected President, and an Executive Committee, which is elected for three years.


Marco Ventura, Italy


Francis Messner, France

Lars Friedner, Sweden

Mark Hill, United Kingdom

Miguel Rodríguez Blanco, Spain


Prof. Dr. Miguel Rodríguez Blanco

Área de Derecho Eclesiástico del Estado.
Facultad de Derecho. Universidad de Alcalá
C/Libreros, 27. E-28801. Alcalá de Henares (Spain)
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XXIXth Annual Meeting: “The legal status of old and new religious minorities in the European Union”.

From Thursday, November 15 to Saturday, 17
All sessions at Certosa di Pontignano, Località Pontignano, 5. 53019, Castelnuovo Berardenga (Siena).

Publication of the proceedings of the XXVIIIth Annual Conference: Religious Assistance in Public Institutions.

This volume contains the proceedings of the XXVIIIth Annual Meeting of the European Consortium for Church and State Research, held in Jurmala (Latvia) during the days 13-16 october 2016, about the topic “Religious Assistance in Public Institutions”.