The Justice Policy Division of the Permanent Representation oversees all projects that, within the Federal Government, fall into the responsibility of the Federal Ministry of Justice (BMJ).
These include, among others:
- judicial cooperation between the Member States in civil law matters (including the digitalisation of judicial cooperation - „e-justice“);
- cooperation in criminal law matters, including the European Public Prosecutor's Office and Eurojust;
- private international law;
- legislative projects in the area of substantive civil law, e.g. contract and liability law;
- projects in the area of substantive criminal law, including environmental criminal law, combating hate crime and gender-based violence;
- issues relating to the protection of fundamental Rights (where the Federal Ministry of Justice is responsible), e.g. the accession of the EU to the European Convention on Human Rights;
- legal issues relating to the Court of Justice of the European Union;
- commercial law, in particular intellectual property and company law.
The Justice Policy Division is headed by Ulrich Staudigl.