This data category requires all national laws and statutes available to be available online, although it is not a requirement that information on legislative behaviour e.g. voting records is available. To satisfy this category, the following minimum criteria must be met:

  • Content of the law / status
  • If applicable, all relevant amendments to the law
  • Date of last amendments
  • Data should be updated at least on quarterly

Data Location


Laws are not subject to copyright as per §5 UrhG (German copyright act). According to the homepage of and to, the data can be used free of charge. "Die bereitgestellten Rechtsnormen sind in allen zur Verfügung gestellten Formaten zur freien Nutzung und Weiterverwendung zugänglich gemacht". The table of contents of is available in bulk from as one XML-file. Not all laws are provided timely, see

Reviewer comments

Only a table of contents is available in bulk and not the whole dataset.

Data Availability

  • Y Openly licensed
  • Y Is the data available for free
  • Y Is the data machine readable
  • N Available in bulk
  • Y Is the data provided on a timely and up to date basis
  • Y Is data in digital form
  • Y Publicly available
  • Y Does the data exist
  • Y Is the data available online
  • Yes
  • No
  • Unsure
  • No data


Date the data became available   Unknown
Format of data   HTML, PDF, XML, EPUB
Reviewer   Kamil Gregor
Submitters   walter palmetshofer
Last modified   Fri Sep 25 2015 14:21:37 GMT+0000 (UTC)