Consular Law in Germany

Consular Law in Germany in Europe

Overview

The German Constitution does not expressly grant a right to consular protection. However the German Constitutional Court has acknowledged that in certain situation consular and diplomatic protection might be required. The basis for this was found to be a combination of the general principle of protection and loyalty between State and citizen, the constitutional tradition and effect of the fundamental rights.

With regard to the ordinary law, the following acts are to be considered:

  • Consular Act (Gesetz über die Konsularbeamten, ihre Aufgaben und Befugnisse)
  • Act on Fees for Public Services Abroad (Auslandskostengesetz)
  • Foreign Service Act (Gesetz über den Auswärtigen Dienst)

The Consular Act regulates the services provided, the fees are regulated by the Act on Fees for Public Services Abroad (and its by-law) and the Foreign Service Act regulates the competence of the Foreign Office in these matters.

Documents

National rules

  • Auslandskostenverordnung (AkostV) – 20.12.2001 –
  • Ordinance – Foreign Costs Ordinance – 20.12.2001 –
  • Ordonnance – Ordonnance sur les taxes et frais levés à l’étranger – 20.12.2001 –
  • Gesetz über den Auswärtigen Dienst – 30.8.1990 –
  • ACT – Foreign Service Act – 30.8.1990 –
  • Auslandskostengesetz (AKostG) – 21/02/1978 –
  • Law on Fees and Expenses Charged Abroad – 21/02/1978 –
  • Loi sur les taxes et frais levés à l’étranger – 21/02/1978 –
  •  Gesetz über die Konsularbeamten, ihre Aufgaben und Befugnisse (Konsulargesetz) – 11/09/1974 –
  • Statute – Law on Consular Officers, their Functions and Powers (Consular Law) – 11.9.1974 –
  • Loi sur les agents consulaires, leurs fonctions et attributions (Loi Consulaire) – 11.9.1974 –

Case Law

  • 28.5.2009 – BVerwG 7 C 13.08
  • Judgment – Federal Administrative Court – 28.5.2009 – BVerwG 7 C 13.08
  • 28.5.2009 – BVerwG 7 C 13.08

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