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The Austrian Legal System and Laws: a Brief Overview
by Johannes Oehlboeck and Immanuel Gerstner
published on GlobaLex, June 2005 (GlobaLex is an electronic legal publication dedicated to international and foreign law research. Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School of Law)


1. Introduction
2. Austrian Legal System
3. Legal Resources



Austrian Laws

Federal Constitutional Laws

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Austrian Laws


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Supreme Courts


The Supreme Court is the final court of appeal for civil and criminal proceedings.  The Administrative Court deals with cases of alleged legal offences in connection with decisions taken by the administrative authorities.  The Constitutional Court deals with proprietary claims lodged against the federal, state, regional or municipal authorities when these claims cannot be dealt with by normal legal channels nor by an administrative authority. The Constitutional Court also passes verdict in the case of disputed responsibilities between:

  • courts of law and administrative authorities

  • the Administrative Court and any other court of law, notably between the Administrative Court and the Constitutional Court itself, or between the regular courts of law and other courts

  • between the federal states, and between a federal state and the federal authorities.

At the instigation of the Federal Government or a State Government, the Constitutional Court also reaches a finding on whether a legislative or executive act falls within the purview of the federal or the state authorities.


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