|About the German Law Archive
A very short history
The German Law Archive became the first
law website at the University of Oxford when it went on-line in December 1997
and was publicised in March 1998. It was officially inaugurated in a ceremony
at Gray's Inn Great Hall, London, on 4 November 1998, by the German Ambassador
in London, HE Gebhardt von Moltke. In February 1999, the German Law Archive
moved from the University of Oxford network to its own domain, iuscomp.org, which also hosts the Oxford University Comparative Law Forum
and the website of the Institute of European
and Comparative Law of the University of
What is the German Law Archive?
The German Law Archive
- publishes cases, statutes and literature
on German Law in English language
- helps you to find cases, statutes
and literature on German law in English language by publishing bibliographies
and by running a database on German law in English language
- allows you to exchange ideas on
German law through its discussion forum
What is the aim of the German Law
The aim is to provide access to German
law to those who feel more comfortable with English, and to help those who
have to explain German law in English language. Generally, it wants to make
German law accessible to any interested user of the Internet.
The German Law Archive is designed to
match this function. Very few graphics, no sounds, no movie clips and no
traffic counters on our pages mean fast loading times and allow access with
just about any browser and just about any hardware. We have to use some more
sophisticated software for the database and apologise for any access problems
this may cause. If you experience any such problems, please let us know.
See also below.
The German Law Archive is, and is intended
to remain, a free website.
How large is the German Law Archive?
The size keeps increasing. As of mid
2003, some 250 HTML files with a total of some 9 MB text were published in
the German Law Archive. In addition, details about 1,200 publications about
German law were registered in the German Law Archive Database. If printed
as a book, the total would amount to well over 3,000 pages.
What about visitors?
They are very welcome to use and to contribute
to the German Law Archive.
If you are interested in numbers, you
can see the access statistics
for the server.
What information do we have about
The server on which the German Law Archive
runs keeps a log file. In addition, if you register for full use of the discussion
forum, whatever information you provide about yourself will be stored there.
The discussion forum also uses a "cookie" to verify
user authorisation. The "cookie" expires after each session. We do not publish
or sell any information about individual users.
Who is behind the German Law Archive?
Many other individuals and organisations
have helped to create and maintain the German Law Archive. Please follow this
link for a list of those who
have supported the German Law Archive.
This website is maintained by Gerhard Dannemann and Marcin Szala.
© 1998- 2003 Gerhard Dannemann