The principle of 'ultima ratio' and/or the principle of proportionality

The ultima ratio principle is a highly topical subject. The author describes the common grounds and different perspectives of ¿ultima ratio¿ on the one hand and/or the principle of proportionality in German criminal and public law on the other hand. At the same time, the meaning of these principles... Deskribapen osoa

Egile nagusia: Wendt, Rudolf
Formatua: Artikulua
Hizkuntza: Ingelesa
Argitaratua: Instituto Internacional de Sociología Jurídica de Oñati = The Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law 2013
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Laburpena: The ultima ratio principle is a highly topical subject. The author describes the common grounds and different perspectives of ¿ultima ratio¿ on the one hand and/or the principle of proportionality in German criminal and public law on the other hand. At the same time, the meaning of these principles in the field of criminal law and their practical application by the courts are being analyzed. After a historical and theoretical analysis of the ultima ratio principle and the principle of proportionality, the main emphasis of this publication lies on studying whether the German Federal Constitutional Court lives up to the self-imposed expectations when applying the ultima ratio principle and/or the proportionality principle on criminal law provisions. The case-law based analysis shows that ¿ with respect to criminal law provisions ¿ these principles are in fact weaker than what their theoretical standing suggests. The author gives various references which reflect the application of the ultima ratio principle and/or the principle of proportionality in the German legal system.