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The Palestinian Basic Law

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


1994 PLO Basic Law draft
Third Draft Basic Law For the National Authority in the Transitional Period. PNC Legal Committee: 1 May 1994. Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre, documents., accessed 13 December 2007.

1995 PLO Basic Law draft
Fourth Draft Basic Law For the National Authority in the Transitional Period. PNC Legal Committee: 11 December 1995. Jerusalem Media and Communication Centre., accessed 13 December 2007.

PLC Standing Orders
Standing Orders for the Palestinian Legislative Council.  Non Official translation by ARD, USAID PLC Project (ARD),, accessed 19 January 2008

2002 Basic Law
The Basic Law. Ramallah: 2002. Miftah,, accessed 13 December 2007.

2003 Permanent Constitution draft
The Third Draft Constitution for a Palestinian State. Translation and Commentary by Nathan J. Brown. Palestinian Center for Survey and Policy Research, Domestic Politics and Government. Ramallah: October 2003., accessed 18 January 2008.

2003 Amended Basic Law
The Amended Basic Law. Ramallah: 2003. Bir Zeit Institute of Law: The Palestinian Legal and Judicial System ”al-Muqtafi”., accessed 13 December 2007.

2005 Amendment to the Basic Law
The Basic Law of 2005 A.D. Concerning the Amendment some of the Provisions of the Amended Basic Law of 2003. Gaza: 2005. Bir Zeit Institute of Law: The Palestinian Legal and Judicial System ”al-Muqtafi”., access via The Wayback Machine 13 December 2007

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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.

About this site

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.

All external links are purely for information purposes and do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors of this site.

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