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Legal framework

The legal framework of ITU comprises, in particular, the following legal instruments of the Union, which have treaty status:

  • The Constitution and Convention of the International Telecommunication Union signed on 22 December 1992 (Geneva) and which entered into force on 1 July 1994. Since their adoption in 1992, the ITU Constitution and Convention have been amended by Plenipotentiary Conferences (Kyoto, 1994; Minneapolis, 1998 and Marrakesh, 2002). Those amendments entered into force on 1 January 1996, 1 January 2000 and 1 January 2004.

  • The Administrative Regulations (Radio Regulations and International Telecommunication Regulations), which complement the Constitution and the Convention. The last revision of the Radio Regulations was signed on 4 July 2003 (Geneva), and the majority of the provisions entered into force on 1 January 2005. The International Telecommunication Regulations were signed on 9 December 1988 (Melbourne), and entered into force on 1 July 1990.


The legal source of ITU bodies

Article 7 of the ITU Constitution sets forth the basic institutional structure of the Union. The main legal bodies of the Union are:


  • Plenipotentiary Conference
    Legal source: Article 8 of the ITU Constitution and Article 1 of the ITU Convention.

  • Council
    Legal source: Article 10 of the ITU Constitution and Article 4 of the ITU Convention.

  • General Secretariat
    Legal source: Article 11 of the ITU Constitution and Article 5 of the ITU Convention.

  • World and Regional Radiocommunication Conferences
    Legal source: Article 13 of the ITU Constitution and Article 7 and Article 9 of the ITU Convention.

  • Radiocommunication Assemblies
    Legal source: Article 13 of the ITU Constitution and Article 8 of the ITU Convention.

  • Radio Regulations Board
    Legal source: Article 14 of the ITU Constitution and Article 10 of the ITU Convention.

  • Radiocommunication Study Groups and Advisory Group
    Legal source: Article 15 of the ITU Constitution and Articles 11 and 11A of the ITU Convention.

  • Radiocommunication Bureau
    Legal source: Article 16 of the ITU Constitution and Article 12 of the ITU Convention.

  • World Telecommunication Standardization Assemblies
    Legal source: Article 18 of the ITU Constitution and Article 13 of the ITU Convention.

  • Telecommunication Standardization Study Groups and Advisory Group
    Legal source: Article 19 of the ITU Constitution and Articles 14 and 14A of the ITU Convention.

  • Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
    Legal source: Article 20 of the ITU Constitution and Article 15 of the ITU Convention.

  • World and Regional Telecommunication Development Conferences
    Legal source: Article 22 of the ITU Constitution and Article 16 of the ITU Convention.

  • Telecommunication Development Study Groups and Advisory Group
    Legal source: Article 23 of the ITU Constitution and Article 17 and 17A of the ITU Convention.

  • Telecommunication Development Bureau
    Legal source: Article 24 of the ITU Constitution and Article 18 of the ITU Convention.

  • World Conferences on International Telecommunications
    Legal source: Article 25 of the ITU Constitution.


 

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Updated: 2014-08-23