International Cooperation

Bilateral Cooperation with France, Poland and Hungary

The Federal Administrative Court has particularly close ties to the supreme administrative courts in France, Poland and Hungary. Its partner courts are the French Conseil d’État, the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland and the Curia in Hungary. A bilateral working meeting takes place every two years to discuss current topics of administrative law and administrative procedural law. Members of the various courts regularly visit partner courts as visiting judges. The courts continuously exchange materials and publications.

  • A delegation from the Supreme Administrative Court of Poland visited the Federal Administrative Court in September 2017. The visit was used to discuss topical issues within administrative law and administrative procedure law. Work meetings between the two courts are organised every two years.

  • A delegation from the Federal Administrative Court visited the French Conseil d’État in April 2017. The Conseil d’État is supreme administrative court and advisory body to the French government at the same time. The two sides shared thoughts on issues of administrative law in talks and discussions. Specifically they addressed the laws on foreign nationals and asylum seekers, summary proceedings and the use of information technology in the judiciary. Work meetings between the two courts are organised every two years.

  • A delegation from the Curia of Hungary visited the Federal Administrative Court in June 2016. The Curia is the supreme judicial authority for disputes of a non-constitutional nature. The two sides discussed four topical issues from within administrative law.

  • A delegation from the Federal Administrative Court visited the Supreme Administrative Court in Warsaw for the first time in November 2015. The visit was used to discuss issues of administrative law and administrative procedure law. It also laid the foundation for future collaboration. The Courts agreed to meet again every two years and to organise working visits for judges.

  • A delegation from the French Council of State visited the Federal Administrative Court in April 2015. The delegation was led by Conseil d’État Vice President Jean-Marc Sauvé.Discussions of the different legal systems in four specialist topics dominated the visit: democratic legitimisation and court oversight of independent agencies, judicial remedies in environmental law, freedom of religion and public participation in major projects.Work meetings of this kind have been held alternately in Paris and Leipzig since 2009. They enable collegial discussion of judicial procedures in topics that are of equal interest on either side of the Rhine.President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Klaus Rennert and his counterpart Jean-Marc Sauvé agreed to strengthen cooperation by launching a joint project: Important decisions by the Courts and summary essays will be translated and published in an academic journal in the respective other country. Partners in the project are Revue française de droit administratif and Neue Zeitschrift für Verwaltungsrecht.

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Conference of the German-speaking Supreme Administrative Courts

Members of the supreme administrative courts in German-speaking countries have regularly shared information on current issues of jurisdiction since 1977. The meetings are held every two years. Attending the talks are the Swiss Federal Tribunal, the Supreme Administrative Court of Austria, the Administrative Court of the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Federal Administrative Court of Germany.

German-speaking Supreme Administrative Courts: