Center for German Legal Information
CGerLI is the gateway to German law in English. This website offers a comprehensive and freely accessible database of electronic materials on German law. It brings together English translations of court decisions, legislation, articles and other law-related documents.
Catalogs for findings books and full-text articles
Gesamtkatalog Bundesgerichtshof - Bundesverfassungsgericht
KVK - Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog -- cross search over all German-speaking jurisdictions.
Das Deutsche Bundesrecht
Federal laws as well as state laws in full-text. The library has a subscription. A password is required.
Das Bundesgesetzblatt (Federal Official Gazette) Part I as a free online version is available as a free read-only pdf version beginning with January 1998 and Part II as a free version after registration (cannot be printed) from Bundesanzeiger publishers. The full read and print version from 1949 to the present is a fee-based service. There is also the German Federal Official Gazette (Das Bundesgesetzblatt), Parts I and II via makrolog - Recht für Deutschland. The German Federal Law Gazette is here in full text since 1949. Free access to Part I (BGBl) from 1998 after registration. The full version of Parts I - III is fee-based. See also Das Bundesgesetzblatt at the German Ministry of the Interior (printable version; search for particular acts). See also ALEX Online, the Austrian law digitization project, for Deutsches Reichsgesetzblatt - Teil 1 (Inneres), Teil 2 (Äußeres) (1922-1944). One more portal: http://frei.bundesgesetzblatt.de/index.php (You can view but not print, save or search the PDFs for free).
Gesetze im Internet
Database of the Minister of Justice. Find here the Penal code (Stgb), the Civil code (BGB) Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, etc. Click Aktualitätendienst and get here http://bundesrecht.juris.de/aktuDienst.html.
Code of Civil Procedure (German)
Civil Code (English)
The official translation of Books 1 and 2. The German Federal Ministry of Justice has commissioned a translation of the Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch (or BGB), the Civil Code of Germany. The translation can be downloaded free of charge. See another version at the Comparative Law Society at Oxford University (German Law Archive, click on Statutes).
Criminal Code (English) Translation of the German Criminal Code provided by Prof. Dr. Michael Bohlander.
Das Juristische Information system fur die Bundesrepublik Deutschland (The official database of Germany). Laws, codes, cases, articles. Fee-based database. For password information, contact the Reference Librarian.
The Parliament Database: Der Parlamentsspiegel
Contains a great number of primary legal resources. One resource is the Federal Law Gazette (Bundesgesetzblatt). Contains Federal and State legislation including preparatory documents. To find full text materials, go to "Dokumente" and "Bund." From the drop down menu Institution select "Bundesregierung" and from the Gesetzblatt menu select the publication you are looking for (Ex. Bundesgesetzblatt Teil I). Enter the year in the field for Jahr (year). You will get a list of issues; click on the page number you want, and get the document.
Virtual Law Library at the University of Saarbrücken
A comprehensive site available in German, English, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Russian, and Portuguese. Court reports in German are selective. Links to Federal Constitutional Court - BVerfG, Federal Administrative Court, Federal Supreme Court (the full texts of the decisions of the Bundesgerichtshof are now online in PDF format starting from 1 January 2000), European Court of Justice. Contains pagination to the official court document and some head notes in English.
RWS Verlag Kommunikationsforum GmbH
Der Juristische Fachverlag für Praktiker. Recent Supreme Court cases and other courts cases.
Tax laws "Steuerrecht im Internet"
A directory of German tax sites and international tax sites; information on the taxation of electronic commerce and US-German tax materials (US tax glossary, USA - Germany tax treaties).
Germany database on patent law.
German Law Archive at the The Comparative Law Society.
This site is dedicated to publishing cases, statutes, literature and bibliographies on German law in English. Judgments and other decisions by German courts; Statutes: Acts of Parliament and statutory instruments; Literature on German law.
German Law Archive
Politisches Archiv at the German Foreign Office contains all treaties, documents, and conventions in the vernacular.
Document Supply Services and Libraries:
Subito-Library Delivery Service
For articles and books. Some documents can be delivered via email.
Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog
Offers a powerful search engine for library catalogs.
Legal Research in Germany between Print and Electronic Media: An Overview by Rita Exter and Martina Kammer
German Business and Commercial Laws: Guide to Translations into English and Select Auxiliary Sources by Martina Kammer and Anne Scharrenberg