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CHAPTER XVI
STATUS OF WOMEN
2 . Convention on the Nationality of Married Women
New York, 20 February 1957
Entry into force
:
11 August 1958 by the exchange of the said letters, in accordance with article 6.
Registration :
11 August 1958, No. 4468
Status :
Signatories : 29. Parties : 74
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 309, p. 65.
Note :
The Convention was opened for signature pursuant to resolution 1040 (XI)1 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 29 January 1957.
Participant
Signature
Accession(a), Succession(d), Ratification
Albania
  27 Jul 1960 a
Antigua and Barbuda
  25 Oct 1988 d
Argentina
  10 Oct 1963 a
Armenia
  18 May 1994 a
Australia
  14 Mar 1961 a
Austria
  19 Jan 1968 a
Azerbaijan
  16 Aug 1996 a
Bahamas
  10 Jun 1976 d
Barbados
  26 Oct 1979 a
Belarus
 7 Oct 1957
23 Dec 1958
Belgium
15 May 1972
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2
   1 Sep 1993 d
Brazil
26 Jul 1966
 4 Dec 1968
Bulgaria
  22 Jun 1960 a
Cambodia
11 Nov 2001
 
Canada
20 Feb 1957
21 Oct 1959
Chile
18 Mar 1957
 
China 3
20 Feb 1957
22 Sep 1958
Colombia
20 Feb 1957
 
Côte d'Ivoire
   2 Nov 1999 a
Croatia 2
  12 Oct 1992 d
Cuba
20 Feb 1957
 5 Dec 1957
Cyprus
  26 Apr 1971 d
Czech Republic 4
  22 Feb 1993 d
Denmark
20 Feb 1957
22 Jun 1959
Dominican Republic
20 Feb 1957
10 Oct 1957
Ecuador
16 Jan 1958
29 Mar 1960
Fiji
  12 Jun 1972 d
Finland
  15 May 1968 a
Germany 5, 6
   7 Feb 1974 a
Ghana
  15 Aug 1966 a
Guatemala
20 Feb 1957
13 Jul 1960
Guinea
19 Mar 1975
 
Hungary
 5 Dec 1957
 3 Dec 1959
Iceland
  18 Oct 1977 a
India
15 May 1957
 
Ireland
24 Sep 1957
25 Nov 1957
Israel
12 Mar 1957
 7 Jun 1957
Jamaica
12 Mar 1957
30 Jul 1964 d
Jordan
   1 Jul 1992 a
Kazakhstan
  28 Mar 2000 a
Kyrgyzstan
  10 Feb 1997 a
Latvia
  14 Apr 1992 a
Lesotho
   4 Nov 1974 d
Liberia
  16 Sep 2005 a
Libya
  16 May 1989 a
Luxembourg 7, 8
[11 Sep 1975 ]
[22 Jul 1977 ]
Madagascar
12 Sep 2002
 
Malawi
   8 Sep 1966 a
Malaysia
  24 Feb 1959 a
Mali
   2 Feb 1973 a
Malta
   7 Jun 1967 d
Mauritius
  18 Jul 1969 d
Mexico
   4 Apr 1979 a
Montenegro 9
  23 Oct 2006 d
Netherlands 10
  [  8 Aug 1966 a]
New Zealand 11
 7 Jul 1958
17 Dec 1958
Nicaragua
   9 Jan 1986 a
Norway
 9 Sep 1957
20 May 1958
Pakistan
10 Apr 1958
 
Poland
   3 Jul 1959 a
Portugal
21 Feb 1957
 
Romania
   2 Dec 1960 a
Russian Federation
 6 Sep 1957
17 Sep 1958
Rwanda
  26 Sep 2003 a
Serbia 2
  12 Mar 2001 d
Sierra Leone
  13 Mar 1962 d
Singapore
  18 Mar 1966 d
Slovakia 4
  28 May 1993 d
Slovenia 2
   6 Jul 1992 d
South Africa
29 Jan 1993
17 Dec 2002
Sri Lanka
  30 May 1958 a
St. Lucia
  14 Oct 1991 d
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  27 Apr 1999 d
Swaziland
  18 Sep 1970 a
Sweden
 6 May 1957
13 May 1958
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
  20 Apr 1994 d
Trinidad and Tobago
  11 Apr 1966 d
Tunisia
  24 Jan 1968 a
Uganda
  15 Apr 1965 a
Ukraine
15 Oct 1957
 3 Dec 1958
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 7
[20 Feb 1957 ]
[28 Aug 1957 ]
United Republic of Tanzania
  28 Nov 1962 a
Uruguay
20 Feb 1957
 
Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
  31 May 1983 a
Zambia
  22 Jan 1975 d
Zimbabwe
   1 Dec 1998 d
Declaration and Reservations
(Unless otherwise indicated, the declarations and reservations were made
upon ratification, accession or succession.)
Argentina

Article 7:
       The Argentine Government expressly reserves the rights of the Republic with respect to the Islas Malvinas (Falkland Islands), the South Sandwich Islands and the lands included within the Argentine Antarctic Sector, declaring that they do not constitute a colony or possession of any nation but are part of Argentine territory and lie within its dominion and sovereignty.

Article 10:
       The Argentine Government reserves the right not to submit disputes directly or indirectly linked with the territories under Argentine sovereignty to the procedure indicated in this article.

Brazil
       "Reservation is made concerning application of article 10."

Chile
       The Government of Chile makes a reservation with regard to article 10, in the sense that it does not accept the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice for the purpose of the settlement of disputes which may arise between Contracting States concerning the interpretation or application of the present Convention.

Guatemala
       Article 10 of the said Convention shall, by reason of constitutional requirements, be applied without prejudice to article 149, paragraph 3 (b) of the Constitution of the Republic.

India

Reservation as to Article 10:
       "Any dispute which may arise between any two or more Contracting States concerning the interpretation or application of the present Convention which is not settled by negotiations shall with the consent of the parties to the dispute be referred to the International Court of Justice for decision unless the parties agree to another mode of settlement."

Tunisia

[Article 10]
       For any dispute to be referred to the International Court of Justice, the agreement of all the parties to the dispute shall be necessary in every case.

Uruguay
       On behalf of Uruguay we hereby make a reservation to the provisions of article 3 which has a bearing on the application of the Convention. The Constitution of Uruguay does not authorize the granting of nationality to an alien unless he is the child of a Uruguayan father or mother, in which case he may become a natural citizen.  This case apart, an alien who fulfils the constitutionality and legal conditions may be granted only legal citizenship, and not nationality.

Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of)
       
[ See chapter XVI.1. ]


Territorial Application
Participant
Date of receipt of the notification
Territories
Australia 14 Mar 1961 All the non-metropolitan territories for the international relations of which Australia is responsible
Netherlands 10 8 Aug 1966 Aruba and Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand 11 17 Dec 1958 The Cook Islands (including Niue), the Tokelau Islands, and the Trust Territory of Western Samoa
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 7 28 Aug 1957 Channel Islands and Isle of Man
Notifications made under article 7 (2)
Participant
Date of receipt of the notification:
Territories:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
18 Mar 1958
Aden, the Bahamas, Barbados, Basutoland, Bechuanaland, Bermuda, British Guiana, British Honduras, British Solomon Islands, British Somaliland, Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Gibraltar, Gilbert and Ellice Islands, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, the Leeward Islands (Antigua, Montserrat, St. Christopher-Nevis), the British Virgin Islands, Malta, Mauritius, North Borneo, St. Helena, Sarawak, the Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Swaziland, Tanganyika, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the Windward Islands (Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent), Zanzibar
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
19 May 1958
The Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
3 Nov 1960
Tonga
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
1 Oct 1962
Brunei
End Note
1.Official Records of the General Assembly, Eleventh Session, Supplement No. 17 (A/3572), p. 18.
2.The former Yugoslavia had signed and ratified the Convention on 27 March 1957 and 13 March 1959, respectively. See also note 1 under “Bosnia and Herzegovina”, “Croatia”, “former Yugoslavia”, “Slovenia”, “The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”  and “Yugoslavia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
3.Signed and ratified on behalf of the Republic of China on 20 February 1957 and 22 September 1958, respectively. See note concerning signatures, ratifications, accessions, etc., on behalf of China (note 1 under “China” in the “Historical Information” secton in the front matter of this volume).

In communications addressed to the Secretary-General with reference to the above-mentioned signature and/or ratification, the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Czechoslovakia, Denmark, India, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Yugoslavia stated that, since their Governments did not recognize the Nationalist Chinese authorities as the Government of China, they could not regard the said signature or ratification as valid.  The Permanent Missions of Czechoslovakia and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics further stated that the sole authorities entitled to act for China and the Chinese people in the United Nations and in international relations, and to sign, ratify, accede or denounce treaties, conventions and agreements on behalf of China, were the Government of the People's Republic of China and its duly appointed representatives.

In a note addressed to the Secretary-General, the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations stated that the Government of the Republic of China was the only legal Government which represented China and the Chinese people in international relations and that, therefore, the allegations made in the above-mentioned communica tions as to the lack of validity of the signature or ratification in question had no legal foundation whatever.

4.Czechoslovakia had signed and ratified the Convention on 3 September 1957 and 5 April 1962, respectively. See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
5.The German Democratic Republic had acceded to the Convention with a reservation and a declaration on 27 December 1973. For the text of the reservation and the declaration, see United Nations, Treaty Series , vol. 905, p. 76. See also note 2 under “Germany” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
6.See note 1 under “Germany” regarding Berlin (West) in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
7.On 24 December 1981, the Secretary-General received from the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland a notification of denunciation of the said Convention:

The notification specifies that the denunciation is effected on behalf of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and of the following territories for the international relations of which the United Kingdom is responsible and to which the Convention was extended in accordance with the provisions of article 7:  Bailiwick of Jersey, Bailiwick of Guernsey, Isle of Man, Saint Christopher-Nevis, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Montserrat, Pitcairn, Saint Helena and Dependencies, Turks and Caicos Islands, State of Brunei, United Kingdom Sovereign Bases Areas of Akrotiri and Dhekelia in the Island of Cyprus.

In accordance with the provisions of article 9 (2) of the Convention, the denunciation will take effect one year after the date of receipt of the said notification, that is to say, on 24 December 1982.

8.On 12 July 2007, the Secretary-General received from the Government of Luxembourg a notification of denunciation under article 9 (1) of the Convention.  In accordance with the provisions of article 9 (1) of the Convention, the denunciation will take effect one year after the date of receipt of the said notification, that is to say, on 12 July 2008.
9.See note 1 under "Montenegro" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
10.See note 1 under “Netherlands” regarding Aruba/Nertherlands Antilles in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.

On 16 January 1992, the Secretary-General received from the Government of the Netherlands a notification of denunciation (for the Kingdom in Europe, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba).  In accordance with article 9 (1), the denunciation will take effect one year after the date of receipt of the said notification, i.e., on 16 January 1993.

11.See note 1 under “New Zealand” regarding Tokelau in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.