The Alliance for German Law
The Alliance for German Law was founded in 2008 upon the initiative of the Federal Ministry of Justice.
Goals of the Alliance
In simple terms, the main goal of the Alliance for German Law is to improve Germany's international standing as a jurisdictional destination (e.g. for international commercial and arbitration proceedings) and to advertise German law around the world (under the “Law – Made in Germany” initiative), thereby strengthening its position among the competing legal systems. As part of the Continental European system of law, German law is primarily in competition with the common law system.
In addition to this, the Alliance is actively involved in promoting the dissemination of human rights standards and rule-of-law structures. Given the international orientation of the German economy, special emphasis is also placed on commercial law.
Who belongs to the Alliance for German Law?
The active members of the Alliance include the major professional organisations such as the German Bar Association (Deutscher Anwaltverein), the German Association of Judges (Deutscher Richterbund), the Federal Bar Association (Bundesrechtsanwaltkammer), the Federal Chamber of Notaries (Bundesnotarkammer), the German Notaries' Association (Deutscher Notarverein), and the German Women Lawyers Association (Deutscher Juristinnenbund). The Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Deutscher Industrie- und Handelskammertag) joined in 2012, and the Federation of German Industries (Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie) is currently in the process of considering membership. The Alliance is also supported by the Association of German Rechtspfleger (senior judicial officers), the Association of German Arbitrators, the Association of German Administrative Court Judges, the Federal Association of Commercial Judges, the Federal Association of Honorary Judges, the German Arbitration Institute, the German Investment and Development Company, the German Foundation for International Legal Cooperation, the German-South African Lawyers Association, the German Association of Lay Judges, and the Institute for Eastern European Law.
What has the Alliance done so far?
The Alliance has produced two brochures entitled “Law – Made in Germany” and “Continental Law”, the latter in conjunction with French professional organisations of lawyers. These brochures provide a clear overview of the advantages of German law and the German judicial system as well as the Continental legal system as a whole. They are distributed by institutions such as German embassies and chambers of commerce abroad. The “Law – Made in Germany” brochure has been translated into English, Spanish, Russian and Chinese. Translations into Vietnamese and French have been commissioned and will be printed shortly. The “Continental Law” brochure is available in English.
At the Ministry's request, the Alliance organised a conference in March 2010 entitled “The International Economic and Financial Crisis – Building Confidence through Law” which raised the profile of its members as expert consultants for European states and international organisations.
The Alliance also runs work sessions for its partners on a range of different issues. So far, the main topic of discussion has been whether and how the Alliance should be opened up to include new members.
Coalition agreement and next steps
The Alliance for German Law is explicitly mentioned in the 2013 coalition agreement which states: 'We will continue to promote and further develop the “Law – Made in Germany” initiative.' The Ministry plans to finalise its proposals on this subject and present the results in the coming months. In future, the main priorities will be to optimise the coordination of the Alliance's work, organise regular meetings, and ensure that all the Alliance's members are equally involved in the decision-making process.