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Press Releases

Certain press releases of the Austrian Constitutional Court are translated into English and can be downloaded here. A broader selection of press releases is available in German only. 

Judgments/Press Releases in 2015
Date/GZ Judgment/Press Release

Securing Data Storage Devices without Judicial Approval Is Unconstitutional

Violation of Data Protecion and Right to Respect for Private Life


The Right to a Reply May Lead to Disproportional Costs

Provision in the Media Act hence unconstitutional – New regulation necessary starting July 2024 at the latest


In View of the Current Non-application Mandatory Vaccination Is Constitutional 

Interference with physical integrity to protect public health and vulnerable persons


Decision of the Court Regarding International Protection for an EU citizen in Austria

Complaint of Lithuanian dismissed (aussi en français)


Decisions of the Court Regarding Assisted Suicide and Veiling of the Head at Elementary Schools

Prohibition of Any Form of Assisted Suicide Violates Right to Self-Determination - To Ban Veiling of the Head in Elementary Schools is unconstitutional (aussi en français)


Decisions of the Court Regarding Measures against COVID-19

Lack of Compensation to the Owners of Businesses Consistent with Constitution – No Legal Basis for General Ban on Entering Public Places (aussi en français)


Verena Madner Sworn In as Vice-President of the Constitutional Court

Van der Bellen: “Even in this delicate situation marked by drastic restrictions, the Constitutional Court will prove its worth”


Christoph Grabenwarter sworn in as President of the Constitutional Court by the Federal President

Van der Bellen: “Through its numerous decisions, the Constitutional Court has proven its independence.”


30th Constitution Day Celebrated with High-Level Guests

On 1 October the Austrian Constitutional Court celebrated the 30th Constitution Day and was honored by the presence of Federal Chancellor and Federal President.


Vice-President Christoph Grabenwarter assumes Interim Presidency of the Constitutional Court

Brigitte Bierlein was appointed Federal Chancellor by Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen.


January 2019: Precursor of today’s Constitutional Court established 100 years ago

Austria’s system of specialized constitutional justice “exported” to many countries of the world.

G 77/2018

Intersex persons have the right to adequate entry into civil register

The Constitutional Court decides that the Civil Register Act must be interpreted in conformity with the Constitution, thus none of its provisions needs to be repealed.


Constitutional Court complete again: New President Brigitte Bierlein, Vice-President Christoph Grabenwarter, three new judges

As three Members reached retirement age at the end of 2017, the vacancies had to be filled.


Vice-President Brigitte Bierlein acts as Interim Head of the Constitutional Court

President Gerhart Holzinger left the Constitutional Court on 31 December 2017. Succession is to be decided by the Federal Government.

G 258/2017 ua

Distinction between marriage and registered partnership violates ban on discrimination

The Constitutional Court repeals legal provisions which distinguish between opposite-sex and same-sex couples as of the end of 31 December 2018.


„The historically best model“: Holzinger calls for more efforts regarding the rule of law.

On the Constitutional Day the President of the Austrian Constitutional Court recalls the dangers for a democratic state.


Resolution on "Respect for Independence of Constitutional Courts"

Adopted at the XVIIth Congress of the Conference of European Constitutional Courts in Batumi, Georgia (June 26th-28th, 2017)

G 53/2017

Expropriation of Hitler’s Birthplace by Law is not Unconstitutional

The Constitutional Court rejects the application by the former owner of the house. Expropriation is the only means to ensure full power of disposal by the Republic of Austria.

W I 6/2016

Run Off Election of the Federal President must be repeated

The Constitutional Court has ruled that the runoff election of the Federal President must be repeated in its entirety in all of Austria.


G 239/2014 ua

Hypo Reorganization Act Unconstitutional

Press Release (PDF 0.1 MB)


G 119–120/2014

Adoption ban for same-sex partners found unconstitutional

Press Release (PDF 0.1 MB)


G 47/2012 ua

Austrian Laws on Data Retention Found Unconstitutional

Press Release 6/27/14 (PDF 0.1 MB) Decision G 47/2012 ua in English (PDF 0.6 MB) Extract: Decision in English (PDF 0.3 MB)

SV 1/2013

European Fiscal Compact not held to be unconstitutional

Press Release (PDF 0.2 MB) Judgement SV 1/2013 in English (PDF 0.5 MB)

SV 2/12

ESM-Vertrag nicht verfassungswidrig - ESM Treaty not unconstitutional

Press Release (PDF 0.1 MB) Judgement SV 2/12 in English (PDF 0.4 MB)


SV 2/12

Austrian Constitutional Court starts deliberations on ESM Treaty


G 47/12 ua

Constitutional Court has reservations against data retention and turns to the CJEU

Press Release (PDF 0.2 MB)


ESM-Treaty: General Information on the Proceedings at the Austrian Constitutional Court

Press Release (PDF 0.1 MB)

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