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Constitution of Malta



Year of current version:2007
Date of entry into force of original text:September 21, 1964
Date of Text (Adopted):1964
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
The Constitution was promulgated by The Malta Independence Order, 1964, as amended by Acts: XLI of 1965, XXXVII of 1966, IX of 1967, XXVI of 1970, XLVII of 1972, LVII, LVIII of 1974, XXXVIII of 1976, X of 1977, XXIX of 1979, IV of 1987, XXIII of 1989; Proclamations Nos. II and VI of 1990; Acts XIX of 1991, IX of 1994; Proclamations IV of 1995 and III of 1996; Acts: XI of 1996, XVI of 1997, III of 2000, XIII of 2001, V of 2003, and XIV and XXI of 2007.
The Constitution does not directly involve intellectual property provisions. However, the following provisions concern intellectual property protection:
Article 8: "The State shall promote the development of culture and scientific and technical research."
Article 18: "The State shall encourage private economic enterprise."
Available Texts: 

Constitution of Malta Constitution of Malta, Complete document (pdf) [1396 KB] Constitution of Malta, Complete document (htm) [554 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

WIPO Lex No.:MT010

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