Excessive Self-defence

Excessive Self-defence in Europe

Excessive Self-defence in Germany

Provisions relating to excessive self-defence in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Two the Offenceunder the Fourth Title, Self-defence, Necessity and Duress,” located in Section 33 Excessive self-defence, which reads: A person who exceeds the limits of self-defence out of confusion, fear or terror shall not be held criminally liable.

There is additional information on the German criminal system, covering excessive self-defence and related issues, here. For details on the German legal system, please see here.



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to excessive self-defence is current as of 2010

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