Palestine

 

Overview

Constitutional document in force:

  • 2003 Amended Basic Law: English
  • No current drafting process known

 

 

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The country pages are collections from information openly available on the web or documents obtained by the MECF with national constitutional events categorized as follows:

1. New Constitutional Document

A “New Constitutional Document” under the terms of this website is a text that bears new constitutional authority, which was not enacted by a preexisting amendment procedure of the highest law available.

2. Amendment

Documents are categorized as “Amendments” if they were established according to an existing constitutional amendment procedure.

3. Proposal

A “Proposal” is an amendment that was not or is supposed to be implemented in future.

4. Interpretation

An “Interpretation” is a legal determination by a body that is endowed with the authority to issue binding interpretations on the constitutional text. This category is not limited to courts or other traditional bodies of the judiciary. Exemplary bodies include constitutional courts or boards.

5. Related Legal Text

“Related Legal Texts” are those legal documents that are directly relevant to the constitutional provisions and are hierarchically placed below constitutional legal authority. Examples include election laws, laws relating to political parties and laws on the judiciary.

We list secondary materials for each constitutional event of the five categories. These include scholarly articles and the travaux préparatoires.

21/07/2005 | Proposal | Proposal to Amend the Basic Law

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

עברית - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. The Status of Palestinian Citizens’ Rights During 2005. Ramallah: Palestinian Independent Commission For Citizens’ Rights.

27/02/2005 | Amendment | 2005 Amendment to the Basic Law

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

עברית - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. The Status of Palestinian Citizens’ Rights During 2005. Ramallah: Palestinian Independent Commission For Citizens’ Rights.

04/05/2003 | Proposal | Permanent Constitution Draft

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

עברית - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. Khalil Shikaki & Jihad Harb, Toward a More Open and Inclusive Political System: A Return to a Presidential System is a Return to Instability, The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (2005).
2. Eugen Cotran & Emma Brown, The Protection of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, in Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (Grote, Rainer & Röder, Tilmann J. eds., 2011).
3. Ziad Abu Amir, The Palestinian Legislative Council: A Critical Assessment, 26 Journal of Palestinian Studies 90-97 (1997).
4. Nathan J. Brown, Requiem for Palestinian Reform: Clear Lessons from a Troubled Record, 81 Carnegie Papers (20007 Feb), Link.
5. Nathan J. Brown, Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Politics (2003).
6. Mathias Mossberg, One Land, Two States? Parallels States as an Example of “Out of the Box” Thinking on Israel/Palestine, 39 Journal of Palestine Studies 39-45 (2010).
7. Muriel Asseburg, Fatah-Hamas-Abkommen: Ein wichtiger Schritt zu einer Zwei-Staaten-Regelung (2011), Link.

18/03/2003 | New Constitutional Document | 2003 Amended Basic Law of Palestine

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

עברית - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. Khalil Shikaki & Jihad Harb, Toward a More Open and Inclusive Political System: A Return to a Presidential System is a Return to Instability, The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (2005).
2. Eugen Cotran & Emma Brown, The Protection of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, in Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (Grote, Rainer & Röder, Tilmann J. eds., 2011).
3. Ziad Abu Amir, The Palestinian Legislative Council: A Critical Assessment, 26 Journal of Palestinian Studies 90-97 (1997).
4. Nathan J. Brown, Requiem for Palestinian Reform: Clear Lessons from a Troubled Record, 81 Carnegie Papers (20007 Feb), Link.
5. Nathan J. Brown, Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Politics (2003).
6. Mathias Mossberg, One Land, Two States? Parallels States as an Example of “Out of the Box” Thinking on Israel/Palestine, 39 Journal of Palestine Studies 39-45 (2010).
7. Muriel Asseburg, Fatah-Hamas-Abkommen: Ein wichtiger Schritt zu einer Zwei-Staaten-Regelung (2011), Link.

29/05/2002 | New Constitutional Document | 2002 Basic Law of Palestine

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

עברית - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. Khalil Shikaki & Jihad Harb, Toward a More Open and Inclusive Political System: A Return to a Presidential System is a Return to Instability, The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (2005).
2. Eugen Cotran & Emma Brown, The Protection of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, in Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (Grote, Rainer & Röder, Tilmann J. eds., 2011).
3. Ziad Abu Amir, The Palestinian Legislative Council: A Critical Assessment, 26 Journal of Palestinian Studies 90-97 (1997).
4. Nathan J. Brown, Requiem for Palestinian Reform: Clear Lessons from a Troubled Record, 81 Carnegie Papers (20007 Feb), Link.
5. Nathan J. Brown, Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Politics (2003).
6. Mathias Mossberg, One Land, Two States? Parallels States as an Example of “Out of the Box” Thinking on Israel/Palestine, 39 Journal of Palestine Studies 39-45 (2010).
7. Muriel Asseburg, Fatah-Hamas-Abkommen: Ein wichtiger Schritt zu einer Zwei-Staaten-Regelung (2011), Link.

11/12/1995 | Proposal | PLO Basic Law Draft

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

עברית - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. Khalil Shikaki & Jihad Harb, Toward a More Open and Inclusive Political System: A Return to a Presidential System is a Return to Instability, The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (2005).
2. Eugen Cotran & Emma Brown, The Protection of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, in Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (Grote, Rainer & Röder, Tilmann J. eds., 2011).
3. Ziad Abu Amir, The Palestinian Legislative Council: A Critical Assessment, 26 Journal of Palestinian Studies 90-97 (1997).
4. Nathan J. Brown, Requiem for Palestinian Reform: Clear Lessons from a Troubled Record, 81 Carnegie Papers (20007 Feb), Link.
5. Nathan J. Brown, Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Politics (2003).
6. Mathias Mossberg, One Land, Two States? Parallels States as an Example of “Out of the Box” Thinking on Israel/Palestine, 39 Journal of Palestine Studies 39-45 (2010).
7. Muriel Asseburg, Fatah-Hamas-Abkommen: Ein wichtiger Schritt zu einer Zwei-Staaten-Regelung (2011), Link.

01/05/1994 | Proposal | PLO Basic Law Draft

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

עברית - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. Khalil Shikaki & Jihad Harb, Toward a More Open and Inclusive Political System: A Return to a Presidential System is a Return to Instability, The Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research (2005).
2. Eugen Cotran & Emma Brown, The Protection of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories, in Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (Grote, Rainer & Röder, Tilmann J. eds., 2011).
3. Ziad Abu Amir, The Palestinian Legislative Council: A Critical Assessment, 26 Journal of Palestinian Studies 90-97 (1997).
4. Nathan J. Brown, Requiem for Palestinian Reform: Clear Lessons from a Troubled Record, 81 Carnegie Papers (20007 Feb), Link.
5. Nathan J. Brown, Palestinian Politics after the Oslo Accords: Resuming Arab Politics (2003).
6. Mathias Mossberg, One Land, Two States? Parallels States as an Example of “Out of the Box” Thinking on Israel/Palestine, 39 Journal of Palestine Studies 39-45 (2010).
7. Muriel Asseburg, Fatah-Hamas-Abkommen: Ein wichtiger Schritt zu einer Zwei-Staaten-Regelung (2011), Link.

 

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