Compilation of German and European Statutes

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PROFESSOR DR. ULRICH BURGARD
LEHRSTUHL FÜR BÜRGERLICHES RECHT,
HANDELS- UND W IRTSCHAFTSRECHT,
LAW AND ECONOMICS

Compilation of German and
European Statutes
7th Edition

03/2011

Content

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BASIC LAW ....................................................................................................................... 4

II. CONSOLIDATED VERSION OF THE TREATY ON EUROPEAN UNION ............... 40 III. CONSOLIDATED VERSION OF THE TREATY ON THE FUNCTIONING
OF THE EUROPEAN UNION ......................................................................................... 54 IV. CIVIL CODE (BÜRGERLICHES GESETZBUCH; BGB)............................................ 144

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I. Basic Law
Preamble ................................................................................................................................. 4 I. Basic rights .......................................................................................................................... 4 II. The Federation and the Länder ........................................................................................ 10 III. The Bundestag ................................................................................................................ 15 IV. The Bundesrat ................................................................................................................. 17 IV a. The Joint Committee.................................................................................................... 18 V. The Federal President ...................................................................................................... 18 VI. The Federal Government ................................................................................................ 20 VII. Federal legislation and legislative procedures .............................................................. 21 VIII. The execution of federal laws and the federal administration ..................................... 27 VIII a. Joint tastks ................................................................................................................. 31 IX. The judiciary ................................................................................................................... 31 X. Finance ............................................................................................................................. 35

Basic Law
for the Federal Republic of Germany
Promulgated by the Parliamentary Council on 23 May 1949 as amended up to June 2008

Preamble
Conscious of their responsibility before God and man,
Inspired by the determination to promote world peace as an equal partner in a united Europe, the German people, in the exercise of their constituent power, have adopted this Basic Law. Germans in the Länder of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg, Bremen, Hamburg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schleswig-Holstein and Thuringia have achieved the unity and freedom of Germany in free self-determination. This Basic Law thus applies to the entire German people.

I. Basic rights
Article 1 [Human dignity – Human rights – Legally binding force of basic rights] (1) Human dignity shall be inviolable. To respect and protect it shall be the duty of all state authority.
(2) The German people therefore acknowledge inviolable and inalienable human rights as the basis of every community, of peace and of justice in the world. (3) The following basic rights shall bind the legislature, the executive and the judiciary as directly applicable law.

Article 2 [Personal freedoms]
(1) Every person shall have the right to free development of his personality insofar as he does not violate the rights of others or offend against the constitutional order or the moral law.

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(2) Every person shall have the right to life and physical integrity. Freedom of the...
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