Arms Trade & Law


In this section all relevant documents on the political and legal framework of German arms export policy and the arms industry can be found.

If need be, draft versions are also included if these point to future legislative initiatives.

For comprehensive and up-to-date information on the legal framework the following websites of the Federal Office for Export Control and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should be visited.

to the Political Principles on Arms Exports, Coalition Agreements, Government Declarations and Workings of the Federal Security Council

to the excerpts of the Basic Law relevant for arms exports

to the War Weapons Control Act

to the Foreign Trade and Payment Act, the Foreign Trade and Payments Ordinance and special licences

to the arms related legal initiatives of the European Union

to further international agreements

to Court Decisions on arms exports

NEW Documents:

Gegen Rüstungsexport und Migrationsabwehr. Evangelische Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kriegsdienstverweigerung und Frieden, June 2019.

New Political Principles on Arms Exports. 26.6.2019.

Annual Report on Arms Exports 2018. June 2019.

Arms Exports 2018 by Federal States. BT-Drs 19/10392, 21.5.2019.

End-Use for Arms Exports to Yemens Conflict Parties. BT-Drs 19/10374, 21.5.2019.