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  1. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Constitution Amendment of 2016. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2016-05-05 | Date of entry into force: 2016-05-05 | JOR-2016-L-105493

    Amends Sections 40, 42, 50, 69(1), 75(1), 127(3) of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Constitution.

  2. Jordan - General provisions - International agreement

    Joint Action Plan Between Jordan and the United States on Combating Smuggling of Nuclear and Radioactive Material. - Legislation Online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2016-03-01 | INT-2016-IA-105629

    The plan lays out a general framework with clear-cut goals to institutionalize cooperation between concerned Jordanian bodies and similar authorities in the U.S. with the aim of devising a Jordanian response designed to combat the smuggling of nuclear and radioactive materials.

    The plan sets the ground for closer mutual technical cooperation and will contribute to providing the Kingdom with the latest technological equipment. It also aims at building a robust nuclear safety system as the Kingdom has an ambitious program to harness nuclear energy.

  3. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 5 of 2016 Establishing the National Commission for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law. - Legislation Online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2016-02-01 | Date of entry into force: 2016-02-01 | JOR-2016-L-105627

    The National Commission for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Lawو is established in Jordan, It possesses legal personality and administrative independence.
    The commission determines the general policy and national strategy approving plans and programmes for raising awareness of the principles of IHL at national level. Moreover, the Commission is tasked with exchanging information and expertise with national, Arab, regional and international organizations and commissions concerned with IHL and strengthening ties with them.
    The Law reads that the Commission is composed by representatives of the Prime minister, the Ministries of Defense, Justice, Foreign Affairs, Interior, Education, Health, the House of representative, the Senate, the President of the Jordanian Red Crescent, as well as 4 experts appointed by the chairman.

  4. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 39 of 2015 concerning Political Parties Law. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2015-09-16 | Date of entry into force: 2015-09-16 | JOR-2015-L-103043

    Every political organization consisting of a group of Jordanians shall be considered a party when established in compliance with the provisions of the Constitution and this Law with the purpose of participating in political life as well as achieving specific objectives related to political, economic, and social affairs and is operating through legitimate and peaceful means.

  5. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 15 of 2015 concerning Electronic Transactions. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2015-05-17 | Date of entry into force: 2015-05-17 | JOR-2015-L-103025

    The new law aims to enhance e-commerce by clarifying the legal framework for doing business online or for making contracts via electronic means of communication. Moreover, the law affords to electronic records the same legal value as documents made in writing. As such, ledgers and other book-keeping obligations can be satisfied by electronic records, provided such records meet certain security and technical requirements.

    Repeals Law No. 85 of 2001 concerning Electronic Transactions.

  6. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 7 of 2015 ratifying an International Agreement on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2015-03-01 | Date of entry into force: 2015-03-01 | JOR-2015-L-103024

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan ratifies the International Agreement on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

  7. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 31 of 2014 concerning Public-Private Partnership. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-11-02 | Date of entry into force: 2014-11-02 | JOR-2014-L-100337

    The Law aims to encourage the participation of the private sector in the Kingdom's economic development and provide a legislative environment for joint projects between the two sectors. The Law focuses on identifying infrastructure sectors open to private participation, designating the agencies responsible for approving private projects or contracts, clarifying rules regarding contract amendments and termination, ensuring competitive bidding and other procurement related provisions and defining the availability of dispute settlement, namely international arbitration. The Law also aims to rehabilitate, construct, operate and maintain the public infrastructure, as well as encouraging the private sector to invest with the government and extending funding for feasible public projects.

  8. Jordan - General provisions - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Instructions of 2013 concerning the Use, Import, and Export of Ozone Depleting Substances. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2013-03-17 | Date of entry into force: 2013-03-17 | JOR-2013-M-95892

    This Regulation provides for the protection of the environment and the ozone layer by giving the instructions for the use, import, and export of substances depleting the ozone layer.
    It is composed of 35 articles. Article 2: deals with some terms and definitions. Article 3: establishes a national committee of representatives of all ministries to be located in the Ministry of Environment and it will be concerned with the protection of the ozone layer. The objectives of this Committee are to : oversee the implementation of the national strategy to ensure the safety of the ozone layer, and establishing qualified training centers . Article 4: provides for the establishment of the Ozone Unit at the Ministry of Environment and for its competencies and duties. Article 5: prohibits the establishment of new industrial facilities or expansion of existing industries that use substances depleting the Ozone Layer (Annex 1). Article 6: prohibits the import or re-export of CFCS (Annex 2). The import of such substances should be only according to specific conditions mentioned in Articles 6 and 7. Any violation to the provisions of this Regulation will be penalized .

    Repeals: Instruction of 2003 controlling the use of materials depleting the ozone layer.

  9. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 15 of 2012 concerning establishing the Constitutional Court. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2012-06-07 | Date of entry into force: 2012-10-07 | JOR-2012-L-94600

    This Law establishes the Constitutional Court Law, it is financially and administratively independent. The Constitutional Court will monitor the constitutionality of laws and regulations in force, interpret provisions of the Constitution when requested, and issue its judgements in the name of the King. The Court will carry out these tasks when requested, either by a decision of the Council of Ministers or by a resolution taken by the Senate or the Chamber of Deputies, passed by an absolute majority.

  10. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 13 Of 2012 concerning Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Law. - Legislation online in Arabic Legislation online in English

    Adoption: 2012-04-16 | Date of entry into force: 2012-04-16 | JOR-2012-L-94599

    For achieving the objectives of this Law, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources is to work on the following in cooperation and coordination with the competent bodies:
    a. Exploiting Renewable Energy Sources for increasing the
    percentage of their contribution to the total energy mix,achieving safe supply thereof and promoting investment thereto.
    b. Contributing to environmental protection and achieving sustainable development.
    c. Rationalizing the exploitation of energy and improving its efficiency in various sectors.

    In cases not prescribed in this Law, the provisions of the
    Electricity Law shall apply.

  11. Jordan - General provisions - Constitution

    The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Constitutional Amendments of 2011. - Legislation on-line in Arabic

    Adoption: 2011-10-01 | Date of entry into force: 2011-10-01 | JOR-2011-C-91041

    Makes some major amendments made to the Constitution of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The main amendments are the following:
    Article 18 amends Chapter V (sections 58-61) of the Constitution and establishes a Constitutional Court to be located in Amman. It will be independent and separate judicial body, and shall consist of nine members, including the president, who is appointed by the King. The term of membership in the constitutional court is six years and membership is not able to be renewed. The Constitutional Court shall monitor the constitutionality of laws and regulations and issues its judgements in the name of the King.
    Section 67 of the Constitution is amended and introduces the establishment of an independent commission to oversee elections.

  12. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Interim Law No. 26 of 2010 amending the Labour Code.

    Adoption: 2010-07-15 | JOR-2010-L-85213

    Amends a number of provisions in the Labour Code. Section 2 concerning definitions of is amended by deleting "a group of workers or" by "collective labour dispute". Section 10 is also amended concerning the establishment of private employment agencies. Section 11 is modified as is section 12 concerning the employment and recruitment of non-Jordanian workers as well as technical and vocational training. Section 13 is deleted and replaced concerning employment of disabled workers. Section 15 is amended concerning language of the employment contract for foreign workers. Section 21 adds a new paragraph (d) concerning reaching the pensionable age under the Social Security Act. Section 25 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning appeal against dismissal. Section 31(a) is amended slightly with respect to numbering. Section 32 is amended coverage of workers. Section 39 adds a new paragraph (b) concerning issuing instructions on registration and adherence to collective labour contracts. Section 40 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning collective labour contracts. Section 42 is amended by deleting paragraph (a) and inserting new paragraphs (a) and (b) concerning composition of collective labour contracts. Section 44 is deleted and replaced concerning collective bargaining. Section 52 is deleted and replaced by a new paragraph concerning the Tripartite Committee. Minor amendments are made to section 53 (change in amount of dinar). Section 54 id deleted and replaced by a new paragraph concerning the establishment of the Wage Authority. Section 57 is amended by adding a new phrase at the end of the paragraph concerning number of days that apply to this section. Section 58 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning application of provisions on hours to management personnel. Section 61 has minor change. Section 65 is amended by deleted a phrase at the end of the paragraph and replacing it with a new wording "or on the basis of a report of a medical committee approved by the enterprise". section 66 and 72 (deletion of the word "married") have minor amendments made to them.Section 98 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning establishment and composition of trade unions. Section 99 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning objectives of trade unions. Section 100 is amended concerning internal rules of trade unions. Section 102 is amended concerning registration of trade unions. Section 103 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning depositing amendments to internal rules for trade unions. Section 107 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning setting of rules for trade unions by the Tripartite Committee. Section 108 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning protection of trade unionists and non-discrimination by the employer. Section 109 is deleted and replaced by a new section concerning funds of trade unions. Section 110(e) is deleted and replaced by a new paragraph on regulation of the business of trade unions. Section 113 is deleted and replaced by a new section on records of trade unions and employers' associations. Section 115 is deleted and replaced by a new section on establishment of subordinate committees. Section 116 is deleted and replaced concerning violation of internal rules of trade unions. Section 118 is deleted and replaced by new section on financial reports of trade unions. Section 119(a) is deleted and replaced by a new section on penalties with respect to continuation of dissolved trade unions. Section 137 is amened by re-numbering paragraph (c) by making it (c)(1) and adding a new (c)(2) concerning extent of application of (c)(1). Paragraph (d) is deleted.

  13. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 48 of 2008 amending the Labour Code. (قانون رقم 48 لسنة 2008 قانون معدل لقانون العمل) - Legislation on-line in  Arabic

    Adoption: 2008-07-15 | Date of entry into force: 2008-08-17 | JOR-2008-L-89325

    The Labour Law is amended as follows:
    Section 1: The new law is referred to in the present Law by "The Law amending the Labour Law of 2008" and read in conjunction with the Law No. 8 of 1996, referred to by the original Law as amended. The Law enters into force as from the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.

    Section 2: Section 2 of the original Law is amended in fine as follows: the following definition is added at the end of this section: "Tripartite commission": Tripartite commission for labour affairs is established under the provisions of section 43 of the present Law.

    Section 3: section 3 of the original Law is repealed and replaced as follows:
    a) Subject to the provisions of paragraph (b) of this section, the provisions of this law shall apply to all workers and employers, except for public servants and municipal employees.
    b) Agricultural and domestic workers, cooks and gardeners, as well as assimilated persons are covered under by laws to be issued for this purpose. Such text shall regulate their contracts, rest hours, inspection and any other issues concerning their employment.

    Section 4: Section 12(1)(c) of the original Law is amended by repealing the expression "those who are excluded from the scope of the Law according to section 3(c) and (d)" and to be replaced by the expression: " those to whom section 3(b) of the present Law is applicable".

    Section 5: Section 29 of the original Law is amended as follows:
    I.To add the expression "or all other forms of sexual assault punishable under the legislation in force".
    II.The numbers of the paragraphs are reorganized from 1 to 7.
    III.To add the expression as follows: b) If the Minister finds that an employer or his/her representative assaulted his/her employee or worker, by beating or exercising any sexual abuse against them, the minister may order to closure of the establishment for a period that deems appropriate, taking into account the provisions of any other legislation in force.

    Section 6: Section 43 of the original Law is repealed and replaced as follows: A tripartite commission for labour affairs is established. It is chaired by the Minister, and its members are representatives form the Ministry and from employers and workers with equal numbers.

    Section 7: Section 77 of the original Law is repealed and replaced as follows:
    a)If the employer or the director of the establishment committed any offence of any section of this chapter or any provision of by-laws or order issued according to this chapter, he/she shall be punished by a fine not less than 300 dinars and not exceeding 500 dinars. The punishment should not be reduced below the minimum required by law.
    b)In addition to the penalty provided by law, an employer shall be punished if he/she requests an a employee to work by force, fraud or threat, including confiscating his/her passport, by a fine of not less than 500 dinars, but less than 1,000 dinars.

  14. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 12 of 2007 amending the Labour Code - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-02-20 | Date of entry into force: 2007-05-02 | JOR-2007-L-98871

    Article 1 provides that this law shall be read in conjunction with original Law No. 8 of 1996 and considered together as one Law. Amends Article 20 concerning intellectual property rights and Article 33 concerning redundancy payments.

  15. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 52 of 2006 on Protection of the Environment. - Legislation online in Arabic Legislation online in English

    Adoption: 2006-10-16 | Date of entry into force: 2006-10-16 | JOR-2006-L-98208

  16. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 30 of 2006 amending the Labour Code. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006-04-01 | Date of entry into force: 2006-05-16 | JOR-2006-L-98872

    Amends Art. 12 concerning migrant workers.

  17. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 11 of 2004 amending the Labour Code. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2004-03-02 | Date of entry into force: 2004-05-16 | JOR-2004-L-98873

  18. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 9 of 2004 on Prisons and Reinsertion Centres

    Adoption: 2004-01-20 | JOR-2004-L-70509

    Regulates the establishment and administration of prisons and reinsertion centres as well as the inspection of those centres. Articles 10 to 21 regulate how prisoners are to be treated during their detention and release. Prisoners have the right to contact a lawyer when necessary, consult their file, inform their families of the place where they are detained, correspond with family and friends, receive visits, practice a religion, contact a diplomatic representative of their country if they are foreigners and undertake studies or training. In addition, pregnant prisoners are to receive treatment appropriate to their condition and children, up to the age of three years, may stay with their mothers in prison. Prisoners condemned to death are to be isolated and put under surveillance day and night. The employment of prisoners is dealt with in article 21.
    The Act also regulates health and social protection of the prisoners; the establishment of the High Committee on Prisons and Reinsertion; as well as sanctions.

  19. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Provisional Law No. 54 of 2001 amending the Penal Code.

    Adoption: 2001-10-02 | Date of entry into force: 2001-10-08 | JOR-2001-L-61365

    Amends Article 147 of the original law (No. 16 of 1960) to provide for a definition of terrorism that encompasses all violent acts aimed at disturbing public order or exposing the safety and integrity of society to danger. The new law provides for penalties of imprisonment with hard labour for acts of terrorism and subversion.

  20. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    The Civil Status Law No. 9 of 2001.

    Adoption: 2000-03-18 | Date of entry into force: 2000-03-18 | JOR-2000-L-59594

    Regulates the registration of births and deaths as well as that of foundlings. It also regulates the granting of identification and family cards. Article 57a provides that for the purposes of this law the head of family shall be the father or widow or widows (each in respect of her children) or the oldest unmarried child. The Director of the Civil Register may designate a head of family in cases not provided for in the article.

  21. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 11 of 1999 amending the Labour Code. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1999-03-09 | Date of entry into force: 1999-04-01 | JOR-1999-L-98874

  22. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 12 of 1998 amending the Labour Code. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1998-09-01 | JOR-1998-L-98875

  23. Jordan - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Regulations No. 39 of 1997 to encourage investment by non-Jordanians.

    Adoption: 1997-07-19 | Date of entry into force: 1997-09-01 | JOR-1997-R-48324

    Repeals Regulations No. 1 of 1996, to encourage investment by non-Jordanians.

  24. Jordan - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Regulation No. 20 of 1997 concerning the Administrative Regulation for the Ministry of Social Development promulgated under section 120 of the Constitution.

    Adoption: 1997-03-15 | Date of entry into force: 1997-04-15 | JOR-1997-R-46977

    Defines the terms the Ministry of Social Development, the Minister of Social Development, the Secretary General of the Ministry, the Directorates in the Governorates or Municipalities, and the Director of any Directorate. Also defines the objectives of the Ministry, provides that the Council of Ministers issue orders to define the policies on social labour and integral development in the Kingdom within the legislation in force. The Ministry is composed of a committee under the name of the Planning Committee which is presided over by the Minister.

  25. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Companies Code (Law No. 22 of 1997). - English translation

    Adoption: 1997-03-11 | Date of entry into force: 1997-05-15 | JOR-1997-L-48327

    Covers commercial companies, the manner of registering companies in the Kingdom and types of companies.

  26. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 11 of 1997 to amend the Law of the State Security Court.

    Adoption: 1997-02-25 | Date of entry into force: 1997-03-16 | JOR-1997-L-46978

    To be read with Act No. 17 of 1959 which is referred to as the original Act as amended. Provides for the amendment of section 3 of the original Act by adding two paragraphs concerning the crimes committed against public safety and those committed in violation of the provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of Act No. 34 of 1952 concerning Arms and Ammunition. It also provides for the amendment of section 8 concerning the period of time during which the Court is obliged to consider a case.

  27. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 12 of 1997 amending the Labour Code.

    Adoption: 1997-02-25 | Date of entry into force: 1997-03-16 | JOR-1997-L-46979

    Amends section 3 of the original Act by adding in the preamble "with due consideration of paragraph (g) of section 12 of this Act". Repeals paragraph (g) of section 12 of the original Act concerning the fees to be paid by employers for non-Jordanian workers.

  28. Jordan - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Regulations No. 15 of 1997 to amend the Regulations to encourage non-Jordanians to invest in the Kingdom.

    Adoption: 1997-02-22 | Date of entry into force: 1997-03-16 | JOR-1997-R-46982

    Amends Regulations No. 1 of 1996.

  29. Jordan - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Regulation No. 9 of 1997 to amend the Regulations concerning the Chambers of Commerce.

    Adoption: 1997-01-21 | Date of entry into force: 1997-03-16 | JOR-1997-R-46980

    To be read with Regulations No. 58 of 1961. Amends section 12 of the original Regulations concerning the election of the members of the chamber of commerce by order of the Minister of Industry and Commerce.

  30. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 11 of 1996 to amend the Penal Code.

    Adoption: 1996-12-17 | Date of entry into force: 1996-12-25 | JOR-1996-L-46969

    Amends section 421 of the Penal Code concerning penalties imposed on persons committing acts related to the issuance of cheques and their solvability.

  31. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Labour Code (No. 8 of 1996). - Legislation on-line Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 1996-03-02 | Date of entry into force: 1996-05-30 | JOR-1996-L-45676

    This Code repeals the Labour Code, Act No. 21 of 1960, and all amendments made thereto; regulations, instructions and decisions issued thereunder shall remain in force for a maximum period of two years unless they conflict with the new Labour Code. Chapter I defines the words and expressions to be used in the Code, including casual work, temporary work, seasonal work, collective agreement, young persons, occupational disease, and industrial injury. Article 3 specifies persons who are excluded from the scope of the Code. Chapter II covers labour inspection. Chapter III covers recruitment and career guidance, providing for, inter alia, the organization of the labour market and for career guidance by the Ministry of Labour, for the establishment of private employment offices, and for the employment of non-Jordanians. Chapter IV relates to contracts of employment, including subcontracting work; validity of contracts in case of change in employer, and termination or suspension of contracts of employment in certain economic or technical conditions. Chapter V covers vocational training contracts. Chapter VI provides for collective agreements, the drafting of such agreements, and the parties to which such agreements are binding. Chapter VII provides for protection of remuneration; remuneration shall be specified in the contract of employment. Chapter VIII covers organization of work and leave time: periods of work, rest, work offenses, and penalties and measures taken to that effect, including dismissal. This chapter also concerns industries and trades where women's work is prohibited; hours during which women may not be employed; maternity leave with full pay; the provision of child care under certain conditions; the prohibition of employing young persons under the age of 16; hours of work for young persons; documents to be submitted by young persons prior to their employment; and fines to be paid for the violation of this chapter. Chapter IX provides for occupational safety and health; necessary precautions and measures for the protection of workers to be taken by employers, and types of work where a person cannot be employed without a medical check-up to certify his physical fitness for such work. Chapter X covers work injuries and occupational diseases; the provisions of this chapter cover workers not covered by the Social Security Law in force. Chapter XI relates to the establishment of trade unions; the objective of trade unions; the statutes of trade unions; unions branches; and trade union registration. Chapter XII covers the settlement of collective labour disputes; the appointment of conciliation officers; mediation proceedings; industrial tribunals; fines liable in case of violation of the provisions of a settlement or award; and strikes and lock-outs. Available in English.

  32. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Political Parties Law (Law No.32, 1992). - Unofficial English translation on-line

    Adoption: 1992-08-23 | Date of entry into force: 1992-09-01 | JOR-1992-L-31289

    Institutes political pluralism. A party is defined as any constitutional and lawful political organization composed of Jordanians whose aim is to participate in political affairs and to achieve specific political, economic and social objectives by legitimate and peaceful means. Provides for party registration procedures and conditions. Repeals the Political Parties Act, 1955 (No.15).

  33. Jordan - General provisions - Constitution

    The Jordanian National Charter. - The Library English translation

    Adoption: 1990-12 | JOR-1990-C-49373

    The Charter is considered the second most important document after the Constitution and it is higher than all other laws. Provides a fixed set of rules to organize the political life in the Kingdom. Available in English.

  34. Jordan - General provisions - Law, Act

    Penal Code of Jordan (No. 16 of 1960).

    Adoption: 1960-11-05 | JOR-1960-L-79914

    Contains provisions for crimes. In particular Title 2 provides for penal provisions and penalties.

  35. Jordan - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. - Legislation on-line English translation

    Adoption: 1952-01-01 | JOR-1992-C-34112

    Provides for a system of government for the State; executive power including that of the King; legislative power of the national assembly; a judicial system; and for the rights and duties of Jordanians. Prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, language and religion, and states that "all Jordanians are equal before the law". The Government is to ensure work and education "within the limits of its possibilities", as well as equal opportunities. Permits forced labour only in specified circumstances. Guarantees freedom of religion, of opinion, and of the press, while granting the right to hold meetings "within the limits of the law". Entitles Jordanians to establish societies and political parties provided that the objects of such societies and parties are lawful, their methods peaceful, and their bye-laws not contrary to the Constitution. As work is the right of all citizens, the State shall provide opportunities for work by directing the national economy and raising its standard.


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