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The Federal Constitutional Court has formed the system of law in Germany with its judgements. Here you can find a little selection of its most important judgements.


The numbers in parentheses indicate the year of the judgement and the locality of the judgement of the Federal Constitutional Court. BVerfGE 2.1 means that this decision can be found in Volume 2, page 1. NJW stands for Neue Juristische Wochenschrift.
  1. Prohibition of the Socialist Reich Party (1952 BVerfGE 2.1)
    Definition of the free democratic basic order.
  2. Elfes judgment (1957 BVerfGE 6, 32)
    Important judgment on the general freedom of action.
  3. Lüth judgment (1958 BVerfGE 7198)
    The basic rights as an objective order of values ​​are still influential in the legal relations of individuals. Plea for freedom of expression.
  4. Pharmacies judgment (1958, BVerfGE 7377)
    Development of the three-stage theory of Article 12 of the Basic Law.
  5. TV - judgment (1961 , BVerfGE 12,205)
    Plea for freedom of the press.
  6. Mephisto judgment (1971 , BVerfGE 30.173)
    Protection of personal honor.
  7. Letter of the prisoner (1972, BVerfGE 33.1)
    Basic rights also apply in the prison system and can only be restricted by law.
  8. Freedom of expression in the army (1977, BVerfGE 44 197)
    Restriction of freedom of expression in the army because of its particular relationship violence.
  9. Census (1983, BVerfGE 65.1)
    Basic right to data protection, the State may not unreasonably collect a lot of data about its citizens.
  10. Brokdorf (1985, BVerfGE 69 316)
    Basic right of freedom of demonstration of article 5 and article 8. Due to a violent minority should an otherwise peaceful demonstration not be banned without further notice.
  11. Treaty of Maastricht (1993, BVerfGE 89 155)
    The Maastricht Treaty is accepted as valid.
  12. Cannabis judgment (1994, BVerfGE 90 145)
    As part of a conrete standard control for Narcotics Act ( Narcotics) explains , the Federal Constitutional Court ruled that possession of small amounts of cannabis for personal use is not a criminal offense.
  13. Bundeswehr missions abroad (1994, BVerfGE NJW 94.2207)
    Foreign missions within NATO are allowed.
  14. Crucifix judgment (1995, BVerfGE NJW 95.2477)
    The law arranged affixation of crosses in (state) schools violates religious freedom, if no exemptions for dissenters are provided.