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Customary Law

Zimbabwe, English

(1) The State and all institutions and agencies of government at every level must take reasonable measures, including affirmative action programmes, to ensure that youths, that is to say people between the ages of fifteen and thirty-five years—

(e) are protected from harmful cultural practices, exploitation and all forms of abuse.
… (Sec. 20)

Status of International Law

Zimbabwe, English

(1) When interpreting this Chapter12, a court, tribunal, forum or body—

(c) must take into account international law and all treaties and conventions to which Zimbabwe is a party;

in addition to considering all other relevant factors that are to be taken into account in the interpretation of a Constitution.
… (Sec. 46)

Status of International Law

Zimbabwe, English

(1) Customary international law is part of the law of Zimbabwe, unless it is inconsistent with this Constitution or an Act of Parliament.
(2) When interpreting legislation, every court and tribunal must adopt any reasonable interpretation of the legislation that is consistent with customary international law applicable in Zimbabwe, in preference to an alternative interpretation inconsistent with that law. (Sec. 326)

Status of International Law

Zimbabwe, English


(7) Members of the judiciary must take reasonable steps to maintain and enhance their professional knowledge, skills and personal qualities, and in particular must keep themselves abreast of developments in domestic and international law. (Sec. 165)

Status of International Law

Zimbabwe, English

(1) In this section—
“international organisation” means an organisation whose membership consists of two or more independent States or in which two or more independent States are represented;
“international treaty” means a convention, treaty, protocol or agreement between one or more foreign States or governments or international organisations.
(2) An international treaty which has been concluded or executed by the President or under the President’s authority—
(a) does not bind Zimbabwe until it has been approved by Parliament; and
(b) does not form part of the law of Zimbabwe unless it has been incorporated into the law through an Act of Parliament.
(3) An agreement which is not an international treaty but which—
(a) has been concluded or executed by the President or under the President’s authority with one or more foreign organisations or entities; and
(b) imposes fiscal obligations on Zimbabwe;
does not bind Zimbabwe until it has been approved by Parliament.
(4) An Act of Parliament may provide that subsections (2) and (3)—
(a) do not apply to any particular international treaty or agreement or to any class of such treaties or agreements; or
(b) apply with modifications in relation to any particular international treaty or agreement or to any class of such treaties or agreements.
(5) Parliament may by resolution declare that any particular international treaty or class of international treaties does not require approval under subsection (2), but such a resolution does not apply to treaties whose application or operation requires—
(a) the withdrawal or appropriation of funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund; or
(b) any modification of the law of Zimbabwe.
(6) When interpreting legislation, every court and tribunal must adopt any reasonable interpretation of the legislation that is consistent with any international convention, treaty or agreement which is binding on Zimbabwe, in preference to an alternative interpretation inconsistent with that convention, treaty or agreement. (Sec. 327)

Status of International Law

Zimbabwe, English

(1) The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission may require any person, institution or agency, whether belonging to or employed by the State or otherwise—

(b) to provide the Commission with information it needs to prepare any report required to be submitted to any regional or international body under any human rights convention, treaty or agreement to which Zimbabwe is a party.
… (Sec. 244)

Status of International Law

Zimbabwe, English

The State must ensure that all international conventions, treaties and agreements to which Zimbabwe is a party are incorporated into domestic law. (Sec. 34)

Legislature

Zimbabwe, English

(1) The proceedings of the Senate and the National Assembly are regulated by rules known as Standing Orders, which are made by the Houses individually or jointly on the recommendation of the Committee on Standing Rules and Orders.

(4) Any committee established by or under Standing Orders must reflect, as closely as possible, the political and gender composition of Parliament or of the House to which the Standing Orders apply. (Sec. 139)

Subnational levels

Zimbabwe, English


(2) The Electoral Law must make provision, consistent with this Chapter11, for the filling of vacancies in the seats of the members of provincial councils referred to in section 268(1)(f) and in the offices of chairpersons of provincial councils, which vacancies must be filled—
(a) by persons belonging to the same political parties as those who previously held the seats or offices; and
(b) except in the case of chairpersons, by a person of the same gender as the persons who previously held the seats. (Sec. 273)

Vice-President

Zimbabwe, English

(1) A person qualifies for election as President or Vice-President if he or she—
(a) is a Zimbabwean citizen by birth or descent;
(b) has attained the age of forty years;
(c) is ordinarily resident in Zimbabwe; and
(d) is registered as a voter.
… (Sec. 91)