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Legal Matters


The mission of the Legal Matters Commission is to:

  1. examine legal questions submitted to it by the bodies of the Association;
  2. examine normative texts and draft texts, which are of interest to the Association;
  3. provide assistance in the legal action decided upon or supported by the Association; and
  4. examine any legal issues the Commission considers should be referred to it.


Scope of activities

In order to fulfil its mission, the Legal Commission shall, respectively:

  1. examine questions relating to the interpretation to be given to a normative text that is internal to the Association or to CERN, or to the legality of a decision or a draft decision of a body of the Association or CERN, or to the conduct of debates or work within a body of the Association;
  2. review (e.g. revise, amend, comment) the Staff Rules and Regulations, Administrative or Operational Circulars and any related subsidiary or interpretative texts; the CERN Pension Fund Rules and Regulations and any related subsidiary or interpretative texts; the Statutes of the Association and its subsidiary texts, and draft decisions of the bodies of the Association (especially draft resolutions submitted to the Council pursuant to Article V.5.6 of the Statutes of the Association); external texts with legal content or scope that are of interest to the Association.
    Beyond the purely legal examination of the texts, their comprehensibility, coherence, accessibility or applicability shall also be examined;
  3. examine any document or file requiring a legal opinion at the request of a body of the Association;
  4. examine of its own accord any legal question, which may be of interest to the Association, CERN or the external partners of the Association.



In order to fulfil its mission, the Legal Matters Commission:

  • shall be composed of one or two coordinators and members, who are all from the Council and appointed by it; in accordance with Article V.5.7 of the Statutes of the Association, members may also be appointed by the Council from among the members of the Association;
  • shall receive, to the extent possible, logistical support from the Secretariat of the Association for document management, as well as the establishment and maintenance of tools and databases;
  • may collaborate with other internal commissions and bodies of the Association to carry out its mission;
  • may seek external legal assistance, and has a budget at its disposal to this end;
  • may provide its members with training related to its mission.



Jean-Pol Matheys, Ghislain Roy