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The Palestinian Basic Law

A collection of various propsals and amendments to the Basic Law of Palestine.

The Legislative Plan of the Palestinian National Authority

While the Palestinian Legislative Council has been conducting sessions in Gaza, it seems that the Palestinian government in Ramallah has established a High National Committee in order to produce a legislative plan for the Palestinian government. At a guest lecture on 28 February 2008 supported by the Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation at the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University in Ramallah, the work of this comittee was presented by Mr. Khalil Karajah Rifai. The committee will present a plan will include a map that defines the nature of the prospective legislation and a work methodology. For more information on the lecture, see: Konrad-Adenauer-Foundation, Event contribution, The Legislative Plan of the Palestinian National Authority: Efforts Exerted and Future Horizons, (accessed 13 March 2008).

Bir Zeit’s summary of the Legal Encouter is found here: Bir Zeit Legal Encounter 28 February 2008 Legislative Plan of the PNA, retrieved from (accessed 13 March 2008).

For more on the activites of the PLC, see: Maan News Agency, “Hamas lawmakers convene Palestinian Legislative Council in Gaza,”, (accessed 13 March 2008).

See also press release from the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights in Gaza 11 November 2007 on the PLC crisis: “Political Dialogue is the Only Solution to the PLC Crisis,” (accessed 13 March 2008).

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Facts about the Basic Law

The Palestinian Basic Law is to function as a temporary constitution for the Palestinian Authority until the establishment of an independent state and a permanent constitution for Palestine can be achieved.

The Basic Law was passed by the Palestinian Legislative Council in 1997 and ratified by President Yasser Arafat in 2002. It has subsequently been amended twice; in 2003 the political system was changed to introduce a prime minister. In 2005 it was amended to conform to the new Election Law. The 2003 reform was comprehensive and affected the whole nature of the Palestinian political system, whereas the 2005 amendment was only minor and affected only a few paragraphs.

A parallel effort has been made to draft a permanent Palestinian constitution for an independent state, but this was shelved in favor of amending the existing Basic Law.

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This website presents a collection of various drafts and amendments related to the Basic Law and other constitutional texts that have been compiled from various other sources.

You can also expect to find links to news items and reports that are of relevance to Palestinian constitutional law, the electoral framework, political reform and the PA branches of government.

The website was created by the Norwegian journalists Erik Bolstad and Tonje M. Viken in February 2008. The site is a private initiative and has no affiliation to any organizations or authorities.

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