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International Perspectives

The Federal Constitutional Court has always seen itself as part of the international legal order and the global community of constitutional courts. It is in regular professional contact with national and international courts. There is ample opportunity for such exchange when the members of the Federal Constitutional Court visit their counterparts within and outside Europe and receive foreign delegations in Karlsruhe.

The Federal Constitutional Court participates in many international networks. It was one of the initiators both of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts, which has regularly taken place since 1972, and of the meetings with the German-language constitutional courts (Austria, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein), the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Union, which have been held since 2006.

The Federal Constitutional Court seeks to foster international exchange by providing translations of its decisions and press releases into English,  as well as English-language information on various topics, at www.bundesverfassungsgericht.de/en. Topic-based collections of decisions translated into English, the “Decisions of the Bundesverfassungsgericht”, provide access to its case-law.

Abstracts of selected decisions by the Federal Constitutional Court in English and French are available in the CODICES database, a database on constitutional case-law maintained by the European Commission for Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), an advisory body of the Council of Europe. They may be found here.

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