This Convention shall be open for signature on behalf of States members
of the Bank. It shall also be open for signature on behalf of any other
State which is a party to the Statute of the International Court of Justice
and which the Administrative Council, by a vote of two-thirds of its members,
shall have invited to sign the Convention.
(1) This Convention shall be subject to ratification, acceptance or approval
by the signatory States in accordance with their respective constitutional
(2) This Convention shall enter into force 30 days after the date of
deposit of the twentieth instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval.
It shall enter into force for each State which subsequently deposits its
instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval 30 days after the date
of such deposit.
Each Contracting State shall take such legislative or other measures
as may be necessary for making the provisions of this Convention effective
in its territories.
This Convention shall apply to all territories for whose international
relations a Contracting State is responsible, except those which are excluded
by such State by written notice to the depositary of this Convention either
at the time of ratification, acceptance or approval or subsequently.
Any Contracting State may denounce this Convention by written notice
to the depositary of this Convention. The denunciation shall take effect
six months after receipt of such notice.
Notice by a Contracting State pursuant to Articles 70 or 71 shall not
affect the rights or obligations under this Convention of that State or
of any of its constituent subdivisions or agencies or of any national
of that State arising out of consent to the jurisdiction of the Centre
given by one of them before such notice was received by the depositary.
Instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval of this Convention
and of amendments thereto shall be deposited with the Bank which shall
act as the depositary of this Convention. The depositary shall transmit
certified copies of this Convention to States members of the Bank and
to any other State invited to sign the Convention.
The depositary shall register this Convention with the Secretariat of
the United Nations in accordance with Article 102 of the Charter of the
United Nations and the Regulations thereunder adopted by the General Assembly.
The depositary shall notify all signatory States of the following:
(a) signatures in accordance with Article 67;
(b) deposits of instruments of ratification, acceptance and approval
in accordance with Article 73;
(c) the date on which this Convention enters into force in accordance
with Article 68;
(d) exclusions from territorial application pursuant to Article 70;
(e) the date on which any amendment of this Convention enters into
force in accordance with Article 66; and
(f) denunciations in accordance with Article 71.
DONE at Washington, in the English, French and Spanish
languages, all three texts being equally authentic, in a single copy which
shall remain deposited in the archives of the International Bank for Reconstruction
and Development, which has indicated by its signature below its agreement
to fulfil the functions with which it is charged under this Convention.