Esther Happacher - University of Innsbruck, Institut für Italienisches Recht

Maria Bertel - University of Innsbruck, Institut für Öffentliches Recht, Staats- und Verwaltungslehre

Name of the Act/s

Entscheidung des Verwaltungsgerichtshofes

19th of February 2018, Ra 2015/07/0074

Date

19th of February 2018

Name of the Act/s

Entscheidung des Verfassungsgerichtshofs

4th of december 2017 ; G 258/2017

Date

4.12.2017

Name of the Act/s

Entscheidung des Verfassungsgerichtshofs

12th of october 2017 ; E 230-231/2016-27

Date

12.10.2017

Type of Act

(name in English / in the official language)

Decision of the Constitutional Court

Enacted by

Constitutional Court

Reference to the Constitution (art.)

Art 144, Art 7 Federal Constitutional Act

Subject area

Review of the Austrian legislation upholding the concept of marriage as the union of man and woman

If the act implements a source of EU Law: cite the relevant EU legal source

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Comment 

On the occasion of a complaint based on Art 144 of the Austrian Federal Constitutional Law, the Constitutional Court decided to review the provisions of the Austrian Civil Code (ABGB) that uphold the concept of marriage as the union of heterosexual couples and the Law on Registered Partnership. The Constitutional Courts main argument relies on a possible discrimination because of sex (and therefore a possible violation of Art 7 Austrian Federal Constitutional Law).

Secondary sources/ doctrinal works (if any)

 

Available Text

https://www.vfgh.gv.at/rechtsprechung/pruefungsbeschluesse.de.html

Date of entry into force

 

Name of the Act/s

Decision of the National Council regarding Protocol No. 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Date

20.09.2017

Type of Act

(name in English / in the official language)

 Approval of conclusion of treaty representing an amendement to the ECHR

Enacted by

 

Reference to the Constitution (art.)

Art. 50 para 1 n° 1 Federal Constitutional Law

Subject area

Human Rights

If the act implements a source of EU Law: cite the relevant EU legal source

 

Comment 

The National Council approves with the requested majority of 2/3 (Constitutional law) the conclusion of the Protocol n° 15 amending the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedom. When the Protocol comes into force, it will constitute part of the Federal constitutional laws.

Secondary sources/ doctrinal works (if any)

 

Available Text

https://www.parlament.gv.at/PAKT/VHG/XXV/BNR/BNR_00559/fname_670524.pdf

Date of entry into force

After ratification by all parties to the ECHR

This Act (Act on amendments to the law on the freedom of assembly) introduces changes to the right of assembly. This regards activities (taking place in Austria) that have a political purpose directed at a third country.

Type of act: Federal law

Reference to the Constitution: Art 11 ECHR, Art 12 StGG (Basic Law of 1867)

This Act (Act on the principles of deregulation) ensures that new legislative projects are necessary and up-to-date. For that purpose it states, i.e., that for each new law an existing law should – if possible – be suspended. Moreover, it forbids “gold plating”.

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