Why the Future German Arms Export Control Act is Going in the Right Direction—But Not Far Enough.

Release date: 2022-12

On 13 October 2022, the German Ministry for Economics and Climate published draft key points for a future German Arms Export Control Act (referred to hereafter as ‘the draft’). Establishing such a law is one goal that the government defined in the coalition agreement. The authors of this BICC-Commentary, Max Mutschler (BICC) / Simone Wisotzki (PRIF), explain that the draft contains several good points that can help make German arms export policy more restrictive and more closely aligned with peace, human rights and security policy goals. At the same time, they underline that the draft reveals some serious gaps that must be remedied to fully live up to this claim.