Lebanon

 

Overview

Constitutional document in force:

  • 1990 Constitution as amended by the Taif Agreement: 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.

03/11/2008 | Related Legal Text | Law No. 250 of 14/7/1993 on the Constitutional Council as amended by Law No. 150 of 30/10/1999 and Law No. 43 of 3/11/2008

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Containing all prior amendments]

Français - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. Chibli Mallat, The Lebanese Legal System, The Lebanon Report 29–36 (1997), Link.
2. Le Conseil Constitutionnel, Link (last visited Jun 19, 2012).…

09/10/2008 | Related Legal Text | Law 25/2008 on Parliamentary Elections

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [Support the project - submit available references]

Français - [Support the project - submit available references]

English

Secondary Materials:

1. Ayten Tartici & Lee H. Teslik, Lebanon’s Parliamentary Elections, Council on Foreign Relations, June 5, 2009, Link (last visited Jun 19, 2012).
2. The Lebanese Electoral System, IFES Lebanon Briefing Paper, March, 2009, Link.
3. The Lebanese Election Law 25/2008, Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections, 2010, Link (last visited Jun 19, 2012).…

21/09/1990 | Amendment | Constitution as amended by the Taif Agreement

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

Français

English

Secondary Materials:

1. Taef Agreement Link [French]
2. Taef Agreement Link [Arabic]
3. John J. Donohue, Changing the Lebanese Constitution: A Postmodern History, 30 Cardozo Law Review 2509-2533 (2009).
4. Kail C. Ellis, Lebanon’s Second Republic – Prospects for the Twenty-First Century (2002).
5. Hilal Kashan, Middle Eastern Upheavals – The View form Syria and Lebanon, 18 Middle East Quarterly 25-30 (2011).
6. Cordelia Koch, The Separation of Powers in a Fragmented State: The Case of Lebanon, in Constitutionalism in Islamic Countries: Between Upheaval and Continuity (Grote, Rainer & Röder, Tilmann J. eds., 2011).
7. Hassan Krayem, AUB: The Lebanese Civil War and the Taif Agreement (2003), Link (last visited Jan 12, 2012).
8. RN founder Selim Mouzannar during a gathering of the nonviolent Lebanese opposition on 14 March 2012 on the 7th anniversary of the Cedar Revolution Video

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21/01/1947 | Amendment | 1926 Constitution of Lebanon as amended 1947

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

Français - [Support the project - submit available references]

English – [text of the constitution specifying all amendments until 2011]

Secondary Materials:

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09/11/1943 | Amendment | 1926 Constitution of Lebanon as amended 1943

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

Français - [Support the project - submit available references]

English– [text of the constitution specifying all amendments until 2011]

Secondary Materials:

1. John J. Donohue, Changing the Lebanese Constitution: A Postmodern History, 30 Cardozo Law Review 2509–2534 (2008).
2. Issam Saliba, Lebanon: Constitutional Law and the Political Rights of Religious Communities, Law Library of the Library of Congress, December, 2010, Link (last visited Jun 26, 2012).

12/07/1943 | Amendment | 1926 Constitution of Lebanon as amended 1943

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

Français - [Support the project - submit available references]

English – [text of the constitution specifying all amendments until 2011]

Secondary Materials:

1. John J. Donohue, Changing the Lebanese Constitution: A Postmodern History, 30 Cardozo Law Review 2509–2534 (2008).
2. Issam Saliba, Lebanon: Constitutional Law and the Political Rights of Religious Communities, Law Library of the Library of Congress, December, 2010, Link (last visited Jun 26, 2012).

08/05/1929 | Amendment | 1926 Constitution of Lebanon as amended 1929

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية - [text of amendment]

العربية - [text of constitution as amended 1929]

Français - [Support the project - submit available references]

English – [text of the constitution specifying all amendments until 2011]

Secondary Materials:

[Support the project - submit available references]

17/10/1927 | Amendment | 1926 Constitution of Lebanon as amended 1927

Links to the text in the following languages:

العربية

Français - [Support the project - submit available references]

English – [text of the constitution specifying all amendments until 2011]

Secondary Materials:

1. John J. Donohue, Changing the Lebanese Constitution: A Postmodern History, 30 Cardozo Law Review 2509–2534 (2008).
2. Issam Saliba, Lebanon: Constitutional Law and the Political Rights of Religious Communities, Law Library of the Library of Congress, December, 2010, Link (last visited Jun 26, 2012).

 

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