Key Documents

  • The Sovereign Base Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia Order in Council 1960 (SI No 1960/1369) is the constitution of the Sovereign Base Areas. It provides inter alia for the appointment of an Administrator and is the basis for the Administrator’s legislative powers. It also provides for the continuing application of pre-1960 laws.
  • The Interpretation Ordinance 2012 provides for the interpretation of legislation, including pre-1960 laws.  
    The Declaration by Her Majesty’s Government regarding the Administration of the Sovereign Base Areas sets out UK policy relating to the Sovereign Base Areas. The declaration is not part of the Treaty of Establishment, but was made contemporaneously with it.
  • Legislation frequently provides for statutory functions placed on officers of the Administration to be exercised by officers of the Republic of Cyprus. The legal mechanism for this is set out in the Delegation of Functions to the Republic Ordinance 2007. The 2007 Ordinance lists all legislation  in respect of which statutory functions were delegated at the date of its enactment. Where the exercise of statutory functions under legislation enacted since that date has been delegated, this is clear from the legislation in question.
  • When the Republic of Cyprus joined the European Union in 2004, Protocol 3 on the Sovereign Base Areas of the Sovereign Base Areas of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Cyprus and Protocol 10 on Cyprus made provision for the Sovereign Base Areas.
  • The European Union (Protocol Measures) Ordinance 2004 provides inter alia for the direct application in domestic law of the EU legislation set out in Protocol 3 to the 2004 Treaty of Accession of the Republic of Cyprus.
  • The Human Rights Ordinance 2004 provides inter alia for the limited incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR) in domestic law. Protocol 1 of the ECHR has not been extended to the Sovereign Base Areas.
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