The European Consortium for Church and State Research was founded on December 12th 1989, with headquarters at the Istituto di Diritto Internazionale of the University of Milan.

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. The Consortium is an associate member of the "International Association of Legal Science", with headquarters at the UNESCO in Paris.


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) and Nomos (Baden-Baden) in cooperation with other publishing houses. The Consortium publishes 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 Centre Société Droit et Religion en Europe (CNRS) a bibliographical database on law and religion has been established in 13 European countries.


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


MOTILLA Agustín, Spain


IBÁN Iván C., Spain

ROBBERS Gerhard, Germany

MESSNER Francis, France
DOE Norman, United Kingdom


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 (España)  




Prof. Dr. Gerhard Robbers

Universität Trier - Institut für Europäisches Verfassungsrecht
Universitätsring 15
54286 Trier (Germany)




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