About Aykut Elseven

Aykut Elseven is Managing Partner of Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte PartG mbB. He advises and represents clients in Germany but also worldwide as an expert in business immigration and extradition law.

Henley Passport Index 2024: The German Passport once again in First Place

In an increasingly interconnected, globalised world, the freedom to travel guaranteed by possessing a particular passport is of crucial importance for the mobility of its holders. The Henley Passport Index, which lists countries and territories regarding freedom to travel, shows a highly interesting development: the German passport is at the top of the current [...]

Extradition of Conscientious Objectors from Germany to Ukraine or Russia

The debate on the extradition of Ukrainian and Russian conscientious objectors has recently entered the public discourse in Germany. The discussion was triggered by the statement of politician David Arakhamia in the Ukrainian parliament that the extradition of persons who had illegally evaded military service was possible. Legally, the extradition of Ukrainian or Russian conscientious [...]

The Role of Diplomacy in German Extradition Cases

Extradition cases are legal decisions whose legality is judged according to international treaties and national law. This involves two aspects: the sufficiency of the suspicion and the existence of all formal extradition requirements established by the competent courts. What does diplomacy have to do with extraditions? Diplomacy already plays a decisive role in the [...]

The Extradition of Roman Polanski

For almost 50 years, Roman Polanski has been evading the still-pending sentence he faces for having sex with a minor in the US. In 1977, he was charged and pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a then 13-year-old - he was 43 years old at the time. During the trial, an agreement was [...]

Current Developments and Planned Changes with Regard to German Citizenship by Residency Dec. 2022

In principle, German citizenship is acquired by birth (ius soli) or by descent (ius sanguinis). However, it is also possible to acquire citizenship through residency. However, specific requirements must be met for this. With the planning of a new German citizenship by residency law, which is to contain relaxed requirements, citizenship by residency should [...]