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Location and Facilities

Location and Facilities

Law and Courts Building,

Jalan RIPAS,

Bandar Seri Begawan BA1910,

Negara Brunei Darussalam.

Directory of Mediators

Directory of Mediators

The Brunei Judiciary has trained the Judicial Officers to become mediators. There are currently 6 mediators who are accredited by the Singapore Mediation Centre.

International law

International law

BRUNEI’S APPROACH TO INTERNATIONAL LAW

  • Brunei as part of the Common Law countries uses a dualist approach in their application of international law.

  • When Brunei becomes a member to an international convention or commitment, and decides on joining a treaty, the Attorney General’s Chamber (AGC) will ensure or advice the ministry concerned to have all the legislations implemented domestically before joining the treaty.

  • The AGC will also rectify with domestic laws to identify gaps to ensure there is no conflict between the proposed treaty and the country’s policy.

BILATERAL RELATIONS

Countries Brunei Party ToLinks
Australiahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Australia.aspx
Bangladeshhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_bangladesh.aspx
Bahrainhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Bahrain.aspx
Belgiumhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_belgium.aspx
Cambodiahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Cambodia.aspx
Canadahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Canada.aspx
Egypthttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Egypt.aspx
Chinahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_China.aspx
Germanyhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Germany.aspx
Francehttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_France.aspx
Indonesiahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Indonesia.aspx
Indiahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_India.aspx
Japanhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Japan.aspx
Iranhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Iran.aspx
Laoshttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Laos.aspx
Jordanhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Jordan.aspx
Malaysiahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Malaysia.aspx
Kuwaithttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Kuwait.aspx
Myanmarhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Myanmar.aspx
Moroccohttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Morocco.aspx
Omanhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Oman.aspx
New Zealandhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_New-Zealand.aspx
Philippineshttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Philippines.aspx
Pakistanhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Pakistan.aspx
Qatarhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Qatar.aspx
Russiahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Russia.aspx
Republic of Koreahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_korea1001-827.aspx
Singaporehttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Singapore.aspx
Saudi Arabiahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_saudiarabia.aspx
Thailandhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Thailand.aspx
Turkeyhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_turkey.aspx
United Kingdomhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_United-Kingdom.aspx
Socialist Republic of Vietnamhttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_Vietnam.aspx
United Arab Emirateshttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_United-Arab-Emirates.aspx
United States of Americahttp://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/br_America.aspx

 

Link to Brunei Treaty Section under Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade official website:

http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/Bilateral%20Relations.aspx

REGIONAL AND MULTILATERAL RELATIONS

TREATIESCOUNTRIESDate of JoiningLink
The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD)made up of 30 Asian member countriesJune 2002http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/Regional-And-Multilateral.aspx
The Asia-Middle East Dialogue (AMED)49 countries and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)June 2005http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/asia-middle-east-dialogue-(amed).aspx
The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)21 member economiesJanuary 1989

http://www.mofat.gov.bn/pages/apec.aspx

https://www.apec.org/About-Us/About-APEC/History

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM)53 Members: 28 European Union member states, 2 other European countries (Norway and Switzerland), the European Union, 21 Asian countries (including ASEAN) and the ASEAN Secretariat.March 1996

http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/association-of-southeast-asian-nation-%28asean%29.aspx

http://www.aseminfoboard.org/content/history

The Forum for East Asia – Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC)32 member countriesSeptember 1999

http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/Asia-Europe-Meeting-(ASEM-).aspx

http://www.fealac.org/about/info.jsp

The Commonwealth54 independent countries1st January 1984http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/The-Commonwealth.aspx
The Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)115 developing member countriesSeptember 1992http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/The-Non-Aligned-Movement-(NAM)-.aspx
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)57 states spread over four continentsJanuary 1984http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/The-Organization-of-Islamic-Cooperation-(OIC).aspx
The United Nations193 members21st September 1984http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/The-United-Nations.aspx
TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)12 countries5th October 2015http://mofat.gov.bn/Pages/TPP.aspx
Law of the Sea Treaty168 countries5th December 1984http://www.un.org/depts/los/clcs_new/submissions_files/preliminary/brn2009preliminaryinformation.pdf
BIMP-EAGA4 countries (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Phillippines)March 1994http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/Brunei-Darussalam—Indonesia—Malaysia—The—–Philippines-East-ASEAN-Growth-Area—(BIMP-EAGA).aspx
(Multilateral Agreement on the Liberalization of International Air Transportation) MALIAT9 countries1st May 2001http://www.maliat.govt.nz/country/brunei.php

 

Link to Brunei Treaty Section under Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade official website:

http://www.mofat.gov.bn/Pages/Regional-And-Multilateral.aspx

Key Legislations

Key Legislations

Banking Act

Chapter 95

  • An act to provide for the regulation and licensing of the business of banking.

  • Commencement: 1st January 1957.

Link to Bankruptcy Act:

http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LAWS/ACT_PDF/Cap95.pdf

Carriage of Goods by Sea Act

Chapter 145, Part XI, 190-193

  • 190 (1) In this part, “The Rules” means the International Convention for the unification of certain rules of law relating to bills of lading signed at Brussels on 25th August 1924, as amended by the Protocol signed at Brussels on 23rd February 1968.

Link to Carriage of Goods by Sea Act: http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LOB/PDF/Chapter%20145.pdf

Competition Act

Competition Order 2015

  • In exercise of the power conferred by Article 83(3) of the Constitution of Brunei Darussalam, His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan hereby makes the following Order –

  • PART I PRELIMINARY Citation, commencement and long title.
  1. This Order may be cited as the Competition Order, 2015 and shall commence on a date to be appointed by the Minister, with approval of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan, by notification published in the Gazette.

  2. The Minister may, with the approval of His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan, appoint different dates for the commencement of the different Parts or provisions of this Order or for the different purposes of the same provisions.

  3. The long title of this Order is “An Order to promote and protect competition in markets in Brunei Darussalam, to promote economic efficiency, economic development and consumer welfare; and to provide for the functions and powers of the Competition Commission of Brunei Darussalam and to provide for matters connected therewith”.

Link to Competition Act: http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LAWS/Gazette_PDF/2015/EN/S001.pdf

Insurance Act

Insurance Order 2006

  • Clause (3) of Article 83 of the Constitution of Brunei Darussalam.

  • “An order to provide for the regulation of insurance business in Brunei Darussalam and for other purposes relating thereto or connected with insurance.”

Link to Insurance Act: http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LOB/Order/IL/I/Insurance%20Order.pdf

International Arbitration Act

International Arbitration Order 2009

  • “An order to provide for the reform of the law relating to international arbitration, the recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards and for matters relating thereto.”

Link to International Arbitration Act:

http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LAWS/Gazette_PDF/2009/EN/s035.pdf

Sale Of Goods Act

Chapter 170

  • Section 13/94 “An act to make further and better provision for the law relating to the sale of goods and for matters connected therewith.

  • Commencement: 3rd May 1994.

Link to Sale of Goods Act:

http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LOB/PDF/Chp.170.pdf

Arbitration Act

Chapter 173

  • An act to make provisions for arbitration in civil matters.

  • Commencement: 24th November 1994.

Link to Arbitration Act: http://www.agc.gov.bn/AGC%20Images/LOB/PDF/Chp.173.pdf