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Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda

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Year of current version:2003
Date of entry into force of original text:June 4, 2003
Date of Text (Adopted):May 26, 2003
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
The Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda was adopted by referendum on 26 May 2003 and entered into force on 4 June of the same year. It provides for a clear separation of powers, with a legislative branch composed of an independent bicameral parliament; an executive branch comprising the Prime Minister, Ministers, Ministers of State and other members who may be determined, if necessary, by the President of the Republic; and a judicial branch composed of: the Supreme Court, high courts of the Republic, provincial courts, districts courts, and mediation committees.

This Constitution does not contain any provisions concerning the protection of Intellectual Property rights, however, Article 29 of Chapter I: “Fundamental Rights of Citizens”, in Title II: “Fundamental Rights and Duties of the Citizens' guarantees the respect of private property (refer to page 9 of the document).
Available Texts: 
English

Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda, Complete document (pdf) [168 KB]

French

Constitution de la République du Rwanda Constitution de la République du Rwanda, Complete document (pdf) [163 KB] Constitution de la République du Rwanda, Complete document (htm) [225 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:RW002

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