Year 1981 1986 1991 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
No. 160 172 179 192 217 218 213 218
Year 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
No. 210 211 212 212 229 234 238 239
Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2015 2016 2017 2018
No. 239 242 242 242 252 252 263 263

Operational Definitions

The number of multilateral treaties applied to Hong Kong as at end of year. All these treaties are grouped into several categories, which include political, diplomatic and defense (in which one treaty began to be applied to Hong Kong in 1997 but not yet in force in 1997), drugs, international crime, private international law, customs, marine pollution, science and technology, civil aviation, merchant shipping, investment and trade, health, intellectual property, conversation, postal, international labour conventions, human rights (in which the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 16.12.1966 and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 16.12.1966 are applicable to Hong Kong pursuant to the Joint Declaration of Art. 39 of the Basic Law), conventions establishing international organizations (in which the year when the Agreement for the Establishment of a Regional Animal Production and Health Commission for Asia, the Far East and the South-west Pacific began to be applied to Hong Kong was unknown), transport, and telecommunications. Quite many of these treaties that apply to Hong Kong do not apply to the Mainland.


All figures are collected fromDepartment of Justice since 1981.
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