Council of Europe Treaty Series
The member States of the Council of Europe, signatory to this Protocol,
Considering the desirability of amending the Convention on the Reduction of Cases of Multiple Nationality and Military Obligations in Cases of Multiple Nationality signed in Strasbourg on 6 May 1963, hereinafter referred to as "the Convention";
Considering it desirable that a person possessing as a matter of right more than one nationality should be able to renounce by a mere declaration of will the nationality of a Contracting Party in whose territory he has no ordinary residence;
Considering it desirable to clarify the meaning of Article 6, paragraph 3, of the Convention, with regard to which difficulties of interpretation have appeared;
Considering it desirable to permit the acceptance of the provisions of Chapter I of the Convention only in order to reduce to a greater extent the number of cases of plural nationality;
Considering that the trend of law concerning the nationality of the married woman should entail deletion of reservations to the Convention in her respect,
Have agreed as follows:
Article 2, paragraph 2, sub-paragraph 1 of the Convention is amended as follows:
"Such consent may not be withheld by the Contracting Party whose nationality a person of full age possesses ipso jure provided that the said person has his ordinary residence outside the territory of that Party."
Article 6, paragraph 3 of the Convention shall be replaced by the following provisions:
"3. A person who, in accordance with the rules laid down in paragraphs 1 and 2, shall fulfil his military obligations in relation to one Contracting Party, as prescribed by the law of that Party, shall be deemed to have fulfilled his military obligations in relation to any other Party or Parties of which he is also a national. The same shall apply to a person who has been relieved of or exempted from his military obligations or has fulfilled civil service as an alternative.
A person who is a national of a Contracting Party which does not require obligatory military service, shall be considered as having satisfied his military obligations when he has his ordinary residence in the territory of that Party. Nevertheless he should be deemed not to have satisfied his military obligations in relation to a Contracting Party or Contracting Parties of which he is equally a national and where military service is required unless the said ordinary residence has been maintained up to a certain age, which each Contracting Party concerned shall notify at the time of signature or when depositing its instrument of ratification, acceptance or accession.
Also a person who is a national of a Contracting Party which does not require obligatory military service shall be considered as having satisfied his military obligations when he has enlisted voluntarily in the military force of that Party for a total and effective period which is at least equal to that of the active military service of the Contracting Party or Contracting Parties of which he is also a national without regard to where he has his ordinary residence."
Article 7 of the Convention is amended as follows:
"1. Each Contracting Party shall apply the provisions of Chapters I and II.
It is however understood that each Contracting Party may declare, at the time of signature or when depositing it instrument of ratification, acceptance or accession, that it will apply the provisions of Chapter I or Chapter II only.
It may, at any subsequent time, notify the Secretary General of the Council of Europe that it will apply all provisions of Chapters I and II. Such notification takes effect from the date of its reception.
2. The provisions of Chapter I or II, as the case may be, shall be applicable only between Contracting Parties which apply the chapter in question."
In relations between States Parties to the Convention but not Parties to this Protocol and States Parties to the Protocol, the Convention shall continue in force in its original form.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall notify the member States of the Council of Europe and the governments of any State which has acceded to this Protocol of:
In witness whereof, the undersigned, being duly authorised thereto, have signed this Protocol.
Done at Strasbourg, this 24th day of November 1977, in English and in French, both texts being equally authoritative, in a single copy which shall remain deposited in the archives of the Council of Europe. The Secretary General of the Council of Europe shall transmit certified copies to each of the signatory and acceding States.