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This book presents a broad range of aspects of Austrian law & legal culture for the purpose of comparison with other legal systems. It treats the following subjects: political history, the Constitution, sources & interpretation of law, the political system, Austria & the European Union, legal education & professions, the courts, administrative adjudication, constitutional review, fundamental rights, criminal procedure, the civil law tradition, & the Austrian Civil Code. These characteristic features have been selected in order to acquaint the foreign observer with some of the defining elements of Austrian law & legal development. Austrian students & practitioners, too, may find this approach helpful when it comes to explaining their law to others.