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:

German Arms Trade Report for the period January-April 2017. Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, June 2017.

German Arms Trade Report for 2016. Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, June 2017.

Small Arms in the Hands of Children - German Arms Exports and Child Soldiers. Christopher Steinmetz, BITS Research-Paper, Nr. 1/2017, 2017.

Denials for arms exports to Turkey 2016. BT-Drs 18/11553, March 2017. (Preliminary Version)

Arms Exports to Saudi Arabia 2015 and 2016. BT-Drs 18/11516, 14.3.2017. (Preliminary Version)