Spain has become the first country to ratify the Rotterman Rules, having given domestic approval for the new regime on 19 January 2011.Spain was also one of the 17 nations that signed the Rules at the ceremony in September 2009. Since then six other nations have signed, bringing the total to 23; Most of these signed immediately after the ceremony and only two, Luxembourg and Demopcratic Republic of Congo, signed in 2010.
It is important to recall the signing of a treaty is a statement of intent only: the treaty is never binding in domestic law until ratified, and the treaty only come-into-force as between States Party after twenty nations have deposited their ratifying instruments with the secretariat.
Below is the list of nations signing and the date of signature, followed by the date of ratification where applicable:
DR Congo 23/09/2010
Spain 23/09/2009 19/01/2011
Readers can obtain an up-to-date status by visiting the UN link here: