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The Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 1973

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Year of current version:1973
Date of entry into force of original text:July 10, 1973
Date of Text (Adopted):June 20, 1973
Type of Text:Constitution / Basic Law
Subject Matter:Other
Notes:
The current Constitution of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas is part of the Schedule to the Bahamas Independence Order of 1973. This order was made on 20th June 1973, laid before Parliament on 26th June 1973 and came into operation on 10th July 1973.
Chapters IV, V, VI and VII provide for a clear separation of powers between the different organs of government.
The Constitution of the Bahamas does not contain provisions concerning the protection of intellectual property rights. However, Article 15(c) provides for the protection from deprivation of property without compensation. Article 27 also prohibits the compulsory taking of property of any description or any right or interest over property of any description. Property of 'any description' seems to include intellectual property, and can be compulsorily taken only when the specific conditions stated in the Constitution are satisfied.
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