The following paper was originally developed as a memorandum in June 2000 for the Submissions on Enforcement Matters Unit of the CEC Secretariat. In January 2001, it was distributed to members of the Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) and Alternate Representatives of the CEC Council. During preparation of the current volume in the NAELP series, it was updated to reflect developments in international law.
Given the importance of providing information materials to those interested in the citizen submissions process, the Secretariat wishes to make the updated paper available to the public in the three official languages of the CEC. The information contained herein is the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily reflect the views of the CEC, or the governments of Canada, Mexico or the United States of America.