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AUC IURIDICA, Vol 64 No 4 (2018), 89–99

The implementation and application of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU in Austria

Marcus Klamert

announced: 04. 01. 2019


This contribution will briefly lay out the sources of the protection of fundamental rights in Austria, with the Charter of Fundamental Rights being the most recent addition. The primary law status of the Charter under EU law has created frictions in the established division of competences between the highest courts in Austria. With the so-called Charter judgement, the Constitutional Court has reversed its settled case law on not applying EU law as a standard of review and grounds for repeal except in manifest cases, which has led both the Administrative Court and the Supreme Court to ‘push back’ to preserve their competence to recognise directly applicable Union law. In the legislative process, as this contribution also shows, the Charter seems yet not to have received the same level of attention as other sources of fundamental rights.

keywords: Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU; human rights; Constitutional Court; judicial review; Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms; legislative process; directly applicable EU law; preliminary reference

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