Compilation of Constitutional and Legislative Provisions

Compilation of Constitutional and Legislative Provisions on Treaty Practice of Selected States and International Organisations – A new online resource

This is a compilation of the most important constitutional, legislative and other official provisions relevant to treaty practice of a selection of States and international organisations. It has been compiled jointly by the Institute and the Centre for International Law Singapore (CIL).

For States, it includes provisions relating to all aspects of national treaty practice including negotiation, signature, parliamentary scrutiny, consent to be bound, implementation and status of treaties in domestic law. The provisions are arranged in (broadly) the following order:

  • Constitutional provisions
  • Statutory provisions
  • Regulations, Orders or other kinds of secondary legislation
  • Other documentation which sets out official requirements, conventions or procedures, including internal practice manuals whether published or unpublished.
  • Official online sources of treaty status information

For each international organisation, it includes provisions concerning its powers and responsibilities in relation to treaties, including depositary functions, registration, publication, negotiation, signature, scrutiny, consent to be bound, implementation and compliance. They are arranged in (broadly) the following order:

  • provisions in the Organisation’s constitution or governing statutes
  • provisions in any other statutes, rules, regulations, decisions, resolutions, etc. of the Organisation
  • Any other organisational guidance or procedures, including internal practice manuals whether published or unpublished.
  • Online sources of the organisation’s treaty status information

This Compilation was produced by the Institute and CIL as a handbook of reference material for participants at the Workshop on Treaty Law and Practice held in Singapore on 16-19 January 2012, and has subsequently been updated and adapted for publication as an online resource.

Copyright in the referenced texts is vested as indicated on the original source. Copyright in the selection itself and in the added material belongs to the Institute and CIL. This compilation may not be reproduced without the express permission of the Institute and CIL.

Table of Contents

  1. Selected States
    1. Australia
    2. Brunei Darussalam
    3. Cambodia
    4. China
    5. France
    6. Indonesia
    7. Japan
    8. Republic of Korea
    9. Laos
    10. Malaysia
    11. Myanmar
    12. The Netherlands
    13. New Zealand
    14. The Philippines
    15. Singapore
    16. Thailand
    17. United Kingdom
    18. Viet Nam
  2. Selected International Organisations
    1. Association of Southeast Asian Nations
    2. Council of Europe
    3. United Nations

Feedback request: This compilation is a work in progress, in conjunction with the joint research project of the Institute and CIL on Treaty Law and Practice. The two institutes will review, update and add to the compilation from time to time. If you notice any errors, omissions, broken links or out of date material, or if you have any suggestions regarding the further development of this resource, please contact: Jill Barrett.