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Austria

Elisabeth Handl-Petz

in International Law and Domestic Legal Systems

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694907
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731914 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694907.003.0003
Austria

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Austria entered the European Union in 1995 and is a member of the United Nations. It participates, inter alia, in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe. Austria also accepts compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice. Article 44 of the Federal Constitution does not require that constitutional amendments be incorporated into the text of the Federal Constitution. Thus, over the years, numerous federal constitutional laws (Bundesverfassungsgesetze) and federal statutes containing constitutional provisions have been enacted. Moreover, many international agreements and provisions in international agreements have been given constitutional status. Therefore, the structure of Austrian federal constitutional law is fragmented. Nevertheless, the Federal Constitution is the core document for provisions relating to international law.

Keywords: Austrian law; customary international law; Federal Constitution; constitutional law; domestic law

Chapter.  21737 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public International Law

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