The German Ministry of Justice and the legal scrutiny of the UPCA and the draft legislation for its ratification,

Article on the assessment of the UPCA and its ratification in Germany for compatibility with the Grundgesetz and Union law by the German Ministry of Justice (21/10/2019)

Before a bill can be introduced into parliamentary proceedings, German law stipulates that it must be subjected to a comprehensive legal scrutiny, particularly by the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection (“BMJV”), in order to ensure that it is compatible with the German Constitution (“Grundgesetz”) and Union law. The BMJV must certify in writing that this legal scrutiny has been carried out with a positive result. In the case of an international Agreement such as the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court (“UPCA”), the BMJV and the Federal Ministry of the Interior must already be involved in the preparatory work for the purpose of constitutional examination. The following article deals with the framework of this legal scrutiny and its implementation with regard to the UPCA and the two pieces of draft legislation submitted for its ratification in Germany. The fact that compatibility with the Grundgesetz was apparently examined only very selectively and that with Union law was apparently not examined at all should come as no surprise in the light of previous experience.

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