STAGE 2: Appeal to the Dispute Committee

The University’s Dispute Committee settles disputes between the University’s users and decision-making bodies on the basis of an adversarial procedure. It is composed of professors, students and members of the administrative, technical and financial staff of the University. It decides independently. It reviews contested decisions for legality and factual accuracy.

The appeal must be submitted by email to the Dispute Committee (commission.litiges@uni.lu) in one of the official languages of Luxembourg (French, German or Luxembourgish).

The appeal must be introduced within one (1) month of notification of the decision being appealed, or within one (1) month of notification of the rejection of a non-contentious appeal against the original decision.

The appeal must contain the following information:

  • Personal and contact details of the appellant: full name, student ID number, student email address.
  • Information concerning the decision being appealed: date, form of notification, name of the person or the body who took the decision, study programme, nature and content of the decision.
  • Information about the grounds on which the decision is being contested.
  • Suitable evidence.

The Dispute Committee begins by examining the admissibility of the appeal. If the appeal is admissible, the Committee examines whether or not the contested decision complies with all the applicable rules of the University.

The litigation procedure is adversarial. The appeal is transmitted to the respondent, i.e. the body/person that is the author of the contested decision. The Committee may ask the respondent to react with a written statement, which it transmits to the appellant.

If during the written procedure not all elements of the dispute can be clarified, the Dispute Committee may invite the two parties to a hearing. At this hearing, each of the two parties may be accompanied by a person of their choice (e.g. a lawyer), who may intervene in the discussion.

The members of the Committee decide in complete independence. The Dispute Committee either confirms the decision and rejects the appeal, or it partially or fully upholds the appeal, in which case it can either annul the decision (the author of the contested decision must take a new decision) or amend the decision (by replacing the contested decision with its own decision).

The appellant and the respondent are informed of the decision by email. If the appellant does not receive a response within one month of submission of the appeal, he or she must consider the appeal to be implicitly rejected.

Appellants can then contest the decision of the Dispute Committee by introducing an appeal for annulment (recours en annulation) before the Administrative Tribunal (Tribunal administratif) of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. This judicial appeal must be submitted within one (1) month of notification of the decision of the Dispute Committee.

Further information on appeals to the Dispute Committee can be found on the webpages of the Dispute Committee.