Law - Made in Germany

Why German Law

The label "Made in Germany" applies equally well to German law. German law enjoys a great tradition. Its goal is the guarantee of social harmony, individual freedom and economic success through just laws and an efficient judiciary.   "Law – made in Germany"  is a great source for information on German law.  For further information or a copy of the "Law – Made in  Germany" brochure, please go to

Your direct access to German Law: Important Links

1. The gateway to German law in English: Center for German Legal Information

This website offers a comprehensive, open and free database of electronic materials on German law. It consolidates English translations of court decisions, legislation, articles and other law-related documents.


In a joint project with juris GmbH, the Federal Ministry of Justice is making available on the Internet nearly all current federal law free of charge. There you will find current drafts of various laws and regulations, which are continuously consolidated through the clearing house of the Federal Office of Justice.

3. Translations / Statutes / Ordinances:

4. Martina Kammer / Anne Scharrenberg: German Business and Commercial Laws: Guide to Translations into English and Select Auxiliary Sources, GlobaLex, 2005, avialable here

"This compilation is designed as an aid for people involved in international legal and business transactions, students, translators and anyone else who might be interested in locating English translations of German business and commercial laws. Included are translations in print format and those available on the World Wide Web without, however, making a claim to completeness. In addition, this bibliography points to related sources in English providing the background information on the economic and legal environment for doing business in Germany, and to a number of useful tools, such as dictionaries of business and legal terms, both in print and online."

5. IUSCOMP German Law Archive, German Law in English Language, University of Oxford Comparative Law Forum

"The German Law Archive publishes cases, statues, literature and bibliographies on German Law in English language." The site is broken down into four sections: Judgements, Statues, Literature on German Law, and Bibliographies on German Law. Further, all translations are unofficial.  

6. The American Society of International Law (ASIL): Publication Search (ASILEX):

"ASILEX is a searchable bibliographic indes of articles and other content from ASIL publications."

7. Contents Pages from Law Revies and Other Scholarly Journals (can search by keywords, e.g. "Germany" "German"): 

"A keyword-searchable database of tables of contents from more than 750 law reviews and other scholarly publications related to the law published in the United States and abroad; updated daily, the database lists journal isuues received over the past three months by the Tarlton Law Library." Tarlton Law Library is locates at the University of Texas at Austin.

8. Law Web Saarbrücken

"{A} project coordinated by the Institute of Law and Informatics (Institut für Rechtsinformatik) and is based at Saarland University (Universität des Saarlandes) ... English-speaking users are able to navigate around the project and take advantage of this comprehensive portal into contemporary legal affairs from Germany and around the world. The focus of the project is the application of computer technology in law, as well as the legal implications of information technology in society"

9. The Federal Constitutional Court

A brief introduction to the role of the Federal Constitutional Court, Bundesverfassungsgericht.

10. Legal education in Germany: Becoming a Lawyer, Judge, and Professor, Philip Leith, Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, available here

11. Indiana University Bloomington, Maurer School of Law:
Guide to Doing German Legal Research

A summary of internet and print-based German law research tools, as well as a well-organized summary of the German legal system, including research tools and detailed descriptions of enacted law, commentaries, case law, and German law reviews.

12. A Country Study: Germany, The Library of Congress

13. WorldLII, Germany

14. Research guide from the US Library of Congress
Germany Research Help, The Library of Congress, available here

15. University of Texas at Austin School of Law Institure for Transnational Law
German Legal Materials - Translated Cases

16. The World Law Guide:  Germany

17. Background Information:
The German Court Structure
A brief introduction to the various jurisdictions

Recommended Books on German Law
  • David P. Currie:  The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1994
  • Alexander Klett/Matthias Sonntag/Stephan Wilske: Intellectual Property Law in Germany, ISBN 978-3-406-54530-6 
  • Donald P. Kommers:  The Constitutional Jurisprudence of the Federal Republic of Germany,
    ISBN 0822318385 / 9780822318385 / 0-8223-1838-5
  • Stefan Lingemann/Robert von Steinau-Steinrück/Anja Mengel: Employment and Labor Law in Germany,
    3rd Ed., 2010
  • Stefan Rützel/Gerhard Wegen/Stephan Wilske, Commerical Dispute Resolution in Germany, 2005
  • Gerhard Wirth/Michael Arnold/Ralf Morshäuser/Mark Greene: Corporate Law in Germany, 2nd Ed., 2010
Where to go with Questions

German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein)

The Deutscher Anwaltverein seeks to safeguard, protect and promote the professional and economical interests of the Bar, its members, including notary lawyers, in particular by fostering the fair administration of justice and legislation through education and further training as well. This includes encouraging professional solidarity and scientific endeavor amongst its attorney members. Its aim is to unite all lawyers in Germany on commonly held fronts, whilst still observing political and confessional neutrality.

More than 250 associations of attorneys, totalling some 66.000 members make up the Deutscher Anwaltverein. The DAV serves as an information source for its members on all issues related to the profession.

International pamphlet of the German Bar Association
Regulation of the Legal Profession and the Duties and Functions of Legal Organisations in Germany

International Department: Ursula Sticker, phone 00 49/30/72 61 52-127, sticker [at] anwaltverein [dot] de
Littenstraße 11
D – 10179 Berlin
Phone 00 49/30-72 61 52-0
Fax 00 49/30-72 61 52-190
dav [at] anwaltverein [dot] de

German Federal Bar Association (Bundesrechtsanwaltskammer):

German Judges Association (Deutscher Richterbund):

Federal Chamber of German Civil Law Notaries (Bundesnotarkammer):

German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Die Rechtsabteilung der Deutsch-Amerikanischen Handelskammer in New York (AHK USA – New York) bietet Unterstützung bei der Klärung von allgemeinen Rechtsfragen, welche die Abwicklung von Geschäften zwischen Deutschland und den USA betreffen. Ein weiterer Arbeitsschwerpunkt liegt in der Betreuung und Durchführung von Firmengründungen in den USA.





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