"Christ und Jurist" (German Christian Legal Society) is an interdenominational network of legal practitioners that brings together about 1000 Christian lawyers, judges as well as law professors and students who live out their faith in their profession.
It was founded in 1997 by a group of law students and since that time weekend conferences have been held twice a year dealing with spiritual and legal topics with contribution from well known speakers. Among these topics were, for example, "Christian perspectives on criminal defence" or "The influence of changing moral values on the legal system". Another topic was the Kingdom of God. In May 2012 the topic of justice was discussed during a large congress in Frankfurt/Main. In 2014 "Christ und Jurist" held a conference on "Truth" (Wahrheit) in Munich which was well attended by jurisprudents not only of all occupational backgrounds but also from six continents. Many international guests also took part in our 2016 conference on "Freedom" in Stuttgart.
The conferences have attracted participants from all Christian denominations. One of the challenges of the network is to create an atmosphere of love and acceptance between participants from the different churches, as well as between practitioners from the different legal professions. The main issue has always been to bring into harmony Christian faith and the exercise of the legal profession.
In addition to the half-yearly conferences, various regional groups hold meetings. Specific problems relating to faith and the legal profession are dealt with.
Until 2011 there was little publicity to the conferences because of a rather word of mouth advertising. 2012 the May conference on justice was the first one to be advertised publicly as a congress with the result that around 200 legal professionals attended. In anticipation of such a large public event "Christ und Jurist" had decided to found a non-profit-organisation in 2010, with now around 75 members. Active membership requires voluntary participation in an area of work in the organisation chosen by each member. There are different task forces such as the young professionals (for students), the international group, the public relations group or the group which prepares the worship services.
Since 2011 "Christ und Jurist" has been a member of Advocates International, a world wide network of christian lawyers. In May 2012 the President of Advocates Europe, Latcho Popov, attended the congress on justice as a key note speaker. In 2014, "Christ und Jurist" welcomed the Global Council of Advocates International to its congress in Munich. Many more international colleagues were attending. The goal of "Christ und Jurist" is to become more integrated in the world wide community of Christian lawyers and to be a force for justice in the world.
It is with joy that Christ und Jurist (in Germany) and The Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship (in the UK) have put the date of the 20th April to 22nd April 2018 into their diaries for a potential European conference in Berlin. The aim of the conference and its programme will be seeking to encourage the various Christian lawyer networks across Europe (including all those linked with Advocates Europe) to bring their lawyers and law students and inspire us all to be salt and light for Jesus Christ in the profession.
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