The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany

Book Project in Arabic and Persian

Since summer 2011 the staff of the Max Planck Foundation have been working on a new publication dealing with the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany. The work consists of two volumes in which the workings as well as the historical and political relevance of the Constitutional Court of Germany are described and approximately 55 rulings of particular importance as well as standard basic texts (the Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal Constitutional Court Act) are contained.

The idea for the book came about in response to continuing and considerable interest in the Constitutional Court of Germany in Arab countries following the Arab Spring. In many countries, including Morocco, Jordan and Tunisia, constitutional courts have since been established. The Egyptian and Syrian constitutional courts have continued to operate and in other countries – Libya and Yemen in particular – the establishment of similar courts is being considered.

At the beginning of 2013, the Foundation intensified its counselling and teaching activities with regards to Afghan constitutional law. A special focus of this work is laid on the interpretation of the constitution and constitutional jurisdiction. Thereby, Max Planck staff registered considerable interest about the German Federal Constitutional Court. 

The publication is therefore being translated into Arabic as well as Persian.

Editor: Dr. Tilmann J. Röder

Content Overview

Volume 1: History, Relevance and the Most Important Decisions Relating to Organization of the State and Democracy

Preface to the First Volume
Editor’s Foreword
The Federal Constitutional Court of Germany – a Model for Arab States on the Path to Democracy and Rule of Law?
Sixty Years of the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany (1951–2011) (Essays by various authors)

A Selection of Rulings by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in Relation to the Organization of the State and Democracy

A. Separation of Powers
B. Federalism
C. Deployment of the Armed Forces
D. The State Governed by the Rule of Law
E. The Social State
F. Electoral Law
G. Political Party Law
H. Parliamentary Law
I. European and International Law

The Basic Law for the Federal Republic of Germany
The Federal Constitutional Court Act

Volume 2: Basic Rights and Their interpretation: Essays and Their Most Important Decisions

Preface to the Second Volume
The Protection of Basic and Human Rights by the Judiciary (Essays by various authors)
A Selection of Rulings by the Federal Constitutional Court of Germany in Relation to Basic Rights

A. Human Dignity (Article 1 Section 1 GG)
B. Personal Freedoms (Article 2 Section 1 GG)
C. Free Development of Personality (Article 2 Section 1 GG)
D. Life, Physical Integrity and Freedom of the Person (Article 2 Section 2 GG)
E. The General Principle of Equality and Special Principles of Equality (Article 3, 6 Section 5, 33 Section 2 GG)
F. Freedom of Faith, Conscious and Religion (Article 4 GG)
G. Freedom of Expression, Information and the Media (Article 5 Section 1 und 2 GG)
H. Scientific and Artistic Freedom(Article 5 Section 3 GG)
J. School System (Article 7 GG)
L. Freedom of Association (Article 9 GG)
M. Protection of Privacy (Article 10, 13 GG)
N. Freedom of Movement (Article 11 GG)
O. Occupational Freedom (Article 12 GG)
P. Property (Article 14 GG)
Q. Basic Judicial Rights (Article 19 Section 4, 101 Section 1 GG)

Index of Both Volumes