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Recent Legal Developments in Germany: Infant Circumcision and Church Tax

  • Gerhard Robbers (a1)
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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: <http://www.justiz.nrw.de/nrwe/lgs/koeln/lg_koeln/j2012/151_Ns_169_11_Urteil_20120507.html>, accessed 8 October 2012.

3 BVerwG, 26.09.2012 – 6 C 7.12. See further (in German) <http://dejure.org/dienste/vernetzung/rechtsprechung?Gericht=BVerwG&Datum=26.09.2012&Aktenzeichen=6%20C%207.12>, accessed 8 October 2012.

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Ecclesiastical Law Journal
  • ISSN: 0956-618X
  • EISSN: 1751-8539
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