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ISSN 1862-7617
Publications - Essays - 5-2015
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Dr. Mark Orthmann, LL.M.

Eigenständige Informationsansprüche für den Rechtsanwalt als Organ der Rechtspflege?

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The article raises the question whether German solicitors (Rechtsanwälte) have an autonomous right of information and access to documents vis-à-vis the German authorities that is independent from a mandate and broader than the everybody’s right of information under the Freedom of Information Acts. To begin with, the author describes that the German solicitors principally draw rights from their role as a representative of their clients. He further explains the need for information rights, independent of a mandate, solely deriving from the status of the German solicitors as a one of the organs of the administration of justice. For the field of EU and German competition law, the author has already approached the question at length, finding that for a better private enforcement of competition law in the form of damages claims an independent solicitor’s right of information vis-à-vis the EU-Commission and the German Cartel Authorities is needed and already exists as the current law has to be interpreted in light of the European principle of effectiveness, Article 4 para. 3 TEU, and the right to effective judicial protection, Article 47 EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Article 20 para. 3 German Constitution (Grundgesetz) respectively. Further, the author examines whether the same approach can be transferred to information claims in the field of EU state aid law. Moreover, he discusses the possibilities of acknowledging a general information right for German solicitor’s that is independent of the field of law. The article ends with an appeal to the German solicitors to self-confidently approach the authorities in their role as an organ of the administration of justice with their information claims even if they do not (yet) have a client to act for.

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Index of contents

Administration of justice | Law of the Legal Profession

Access to documents | Access to justice | Administration of justice | Advocacy | Antitrust law | Antitrust tort law | Attorney at law | Authority | § 43a Abs. 2 S. 1 und 2 BRAO | Business secret | Claim for damages | Compensation for the disadvantage | Construction law | Consumer | Courage-jurisdiction | Data protection | Dispersed damages | Duty of confidentiality | Environmental law | EU-law | Art. 4 Abs. 3 EUV | Evidentiary problems | Frankovich-jurisdiction | Freedom of information | Freedom of information act | Freedom of profession | General right of personality | Art. 2 Abs. 1 i.V.m. Art. 1 Abs. 1 GG | Art. 47 GRCh | HmbTG | IFG | § 1 Abs. 1 S. 1 IFG | Ignorance | Informational asymmetry | Institutional economics | Law enforcement | Lawyer | Legal protection | Legal system | Loss of prosperity | Mandate | § 46 Abs. 3 S. 4 2. Hs. OWiG | § 49b OWiG | Personal data | Principle of effectiveness | Public procurement law | Rational disinterest | Requirement for information | Right of access to documents | Right to information | Right to inspect | Rule of law | SFEI-judgement | State aid law | § 406e Abs. 1 S. 1 StPO | § 475 StPO | Trade secrets | Transparency regulation | TransparenzVO | Art. 2 Abs. 1 TransparenzVO | Union law | Violations of law | Welfare

Quotation reference:
Mark Orthmann, HFR 2015, S. 53 et seqq.

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Edited by Tobias Dreyer