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Antigua and Barbuda

The Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda

Year of Version:1981
Date of Entry into Force:November 1, 1981
Date of Text (Adopted):July 31, 1981
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
The Constitution was promulgated simultaneously with the country's independence from Britain on November 1, 1981 and entered into force on the same date. It was set out in the Schedule 1 to the Antigua and Barbuda Constitution Order 1981, which was made on July 31, 1981 and came into operation on October 31, 1981.

Antigua and Barbuda is a federal parliamentary representative democratic monarchy where Queen Elizabeth II is the Head of State and is represented by a Governor General who acts on the advice of the Prime Minister and the Government.
The government has three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. The legislative power is vested in the Government and bicameral Parliament. The executive power is vested in a Council of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister. The judicial power is awarded to the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court in Saint Lucia as Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Eastern Caribbean Court System. The judicial system is based on English common law.

The Constitution does not contain specific provisions concerning intellectual property. However, the freedom of expression including broadcasting, publication and artistic expression are recognized under Section 12 of the Constitution. Furthermore, the right to property is also guaranteed under Section 9.
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The Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda The Constitution of Antigua and Barbuda, Complete document (pdf) [443 KB]

WIPO Lex No.:AG031

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