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Recent Legal Developments in Germany: Infant Circumcision and Church Tax

  • Gerhard Robbers (a1)

During the course of 2012 two significant developments occurred in Germany that are of wider interest for those who study law and religion internationally. This brief note draws attention to a decision from Cologne that was probably wrongly decided, the effect of which will be reversed by amended legislation, and to a directive from the Catholic Bishops' Conference concerning the excommunication of those Catholics who decline to pay their church tax.

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1 The judgment can be found (in German) on the folowing website: <>, accessed 8 October 2012.

3 BVerwG, 26.09.2012 – 6 C 7.12. See further (in German) <>, accessed 8 October 2012.

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Ecclesiastical Law Journal
  • ISSN: 0956-618X
  • EISSN: 1751-8539
  • URL: /core/journals/ecclesiastical-law-journal
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