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Austria: The Legal Personality of Political Associations in Austrian Law

Austria: The Legal Personality of Political Associations in Austrian Law PO AUSTRIA The of Political hsodciauons in Auseffian Law Wdter ~ehwam* This article is concerned with the legal status of "olitical associations of persons'. This term is an overall definition of various legal forms for natural persons who join together to form a legal entity with political objectives or tasks. It should be noted at the outset that Austrian law offers no uniform concrete rule governing the legal status of such groupings. Various provisions differentiate between 'association', 'electoral party', 'political party' and "parliamentary party (club)'; what concrete rights and obligations each of these political organizations of persons have is generally speaking not expressly regulated. This is surprising in particular for the political parties considering the strict principle of legality set forth in the Austrian Federal Constitution (B-VG):l after all it was the political parties with their parliamentary groups who were the driving force both in 1919-20 and in 1945 behind the foundation of the state. IVevertheless ARer five years as a university assistant at the Institute for Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Vienna, the author is currently a lecturer in the Law Faculty and training to become a lawyer in the law offices of Schonherr http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Public Law Kluwer Law International

Austria: The Legal Personality of Political Associations in Austrian Law

European Public Law , Volume 5 (4) – Jan 21, 1999

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PO AUSTRIA The of Political hsodciauons in Auseffian Law Wdter ~ehwam* This article is concerned with the legal status of "olitical associations of persons'. This term is an overall definition of various legal forms for natural persons who join together to form a legal entity with political objectives or tasks. It should be noted at the outset that Austrian law offers no uniform concrete rule governing the legal status of such groupings. Various provisions differentiate between 'association', 'electoral party', 'political party' and "parliamentary party (club)'; what concrete rights and obligations each of these political organizations of persons have is generally speaking not expressly regulated. This is surprising in particular for the political parties considering the strict principle of legality set forth in the Austrian Federal Constitution (B-VG):l after all it was the political parties with their parliamentary groups who were the driving force both in 1919-20 and in 1945 behind the foundation of the state. IVevertheless ARer five years as a university assistant at the Institute for Constitutional and Administrative Law at the University of Vienna, the author is currently a lecturer in the Law Faculty and training to become a lawyer in the law offices of Schonherr

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European Public LawKluwer Law International

Published: Jan 21, 1999

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