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Business law in Austria

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The judicial system is independent in Austria.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Foreign nationals in Austria enjoy treatment at par with the locals from the country's judicial system, including commercial disputes.
The Language of Justice
The judicial language is German which is accepted nationwide, although some of the states also have their own additional official languages.
Recourse to an Interpreter
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The Austrian laws are based on the constitution of 1920 (revised in 1929 and reinstated in 1945); originating from Roman laws and judicial reviews of legislative acts by the Constitutional Court.
Austria being a member of the European Union, the laws in the country need to comply with the conditions of the Community legislation. Austria accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.
Checking National Laws Online
Legal Information System of the Republic of Austria (RIS) 

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