Can a monk be a lawyer? Monachos Eirinaios

As we reported briefly in December, the Greek Council of State [Symvoulio tis Epikrateias] sought an advisory opinion from the CJEU on whether it was compatible with Directive 98/5/EC (on mutual recognition of legal qualifications) for the Athens Bar Association to refuse to register Brother Eirinaios, a monk qualified as a lawyer in Cyprus and a member of the Cyprus Bar Association, to practise in Greece under his home-country professional credentials – on the ground that monks simply could not, under Greek national law, be entered in the registers of bar associations. Continue reading