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Mandate

The mandate of the International Affairs Division is premised on the general powers of the Attorney General as provided by Article 81 (2) of the Constitution, which states:

“The Attorney General shall advise on all legal matters connected with the affairs of Brunei Darussalam referred to him by His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan or by the Government of Brunei Darussalam”

Mission

The Mission Statement of the International Affairs Division is:

To deliver the highest quality legal service through the effective interpretation and application of international law

Background

The International Law Division, as it was known then, was established in 1996 with only 6 officers. Before 1996, international legal advisory matters were generally delegated to a few identified officers of the Attorney General's Chambers. YM Pengiran Hajah Zabaidah binti Pengiran Haji Kamaludin was instrumental in the establishment of the Division and was the first Head of the Division. In 2001, YM Pengiran Kasmirhan Bin Pengiran Haji Tahir was appointed as Head of the Division and was later followed by YM Hjh Dayang Nor Hashimah Binti Haji Mohd. Taib in 2006 as the Head of the Division and in 2011 she also became the Assistant-Solicitor General for the Division. In 2013, YM Dayang Elma Darlini Binti Haji Sulaiman was appointed as the Deputy Head of the Division in order to assist the Head of the Division on administering matters relating to international law as well as the management of the Division.

As of 1st February 2018, YM Datin Hajah Hasnah Binti Haji Ibrahim was appointed as Assistant-Solicitor General for the Division and Dayang Elma Darlini was appointed the Head of the Division.

Since its establishment, the work and, simultaneously, the specialisation of the Division in the areas of international law have grown. To reflect this, the name of the Division was changed to the International Affairs Division (or IAD) from 1st May 2007.



Task and Functions

The functions of the International Affairs Division are as follows: –

• Giving advisory service on international law to the relevant Ministries and Government Agencies;
• Attending international meetings as the legal adviser of the Brunei Darussalam delegation and preparing official reports and recommendations following the international meetings attended;
• Preparing Papers on Legal Opinion, Legal Brief as well as Working Papers involving issues of international law;
• Undertaking comprehensive studies and preparing recommendation papers and legal opinion on the implications of international treaties and conventions prior to the signing, accession and/or ratification;
• Preparing necessary international documents such as Instrument of Ratification or Accession, Instrument of Full Powers etc.; and
• Undertaking studies and research for the purposes of preparing country reports as well as advising and/or vetting the various national reports which is submitted as part of Brunei Darussalam’s international legal obligation such as the World Trade Organization Trade Policy Review, Review for the Convention on Trade-Related Aspects on Intellectual Property Rights and Country Review for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in the various international fora;
• Representing the Attorney General in various National Committees, Task Forces and Advisory Bodies.

Scope of Work

The scope of work of the International Affairs Division extensively covers –

- International Trade Law,
- Bilateral and Multilateral Negotiations,
- Civil Aviations/Outer Space,
- Human Rights,
- International Humanitarian Law,
- International Organisations,
- International Banking and Finance,
- Environment Law,
- International Dispute Settlement,
- International Criminal Law,
- Maritime and Territorial Waters, and
- Military Cooperation.

Organisational Structure

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Contact Information
Email: international.affairs@agc.gov.bn