World Intellectual Property Organization

Samoa

Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa 1960

Shortcuts

Samoa

Year of current version:2009
Date of entry into force of original text:January 1, 1962
Date of Text (Adopted):October 28, 1960
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
The Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa was adopted by the people of Samoa through the Constitution Convention 1960 and it came into force on 1st January 1962. It is the supreme law of Samoa and provides for the separation of powers (Part IV, V and VI).
The Constitution does not contain specific provision on the protection of intellectual property rights. However, Article 14 'Rights regarding property' of Part II 'Fundamental Rights' prohibits the deprivation of private property, providing in part: '(1) No property shall be taken possession of compulsorily, and no right over or interest in any property shall be acquired compulsorily...'
Available Texts: 
English

Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa 1960 Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa 1960, Complete document (pdf) [201 KB] Constitution of the Independent State of Samoa 1960, Complete document (htm) [311 KB] (Version with Automatic Translation Tool)

Related Legislation:
WIPO Lex No.:WS005

Explore WIPO