De jure standards for international law on commerce. Last call for ISO 15924-based updates

Lang Gérard gerard.lang at
Tue Mar 17 13:55:19 CET 2009

Dear Stéphane Bortzmeyer,

The question is not what is your or my personal opinion, but what does the position of international law today in force !

The international treaty establishing the intergovernmental UN agency  WTO (World Trade Organization), now having 153 members parts (149 member States, Taiwan, Macao, Hong-Kong and the European Union), comprises a TBT protocol (Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade), whose Article 1.1 writes:
"1.1  General terms for standardization and procedures for assesment of conformity shall normally have the meaning given to them by definitions adopted within the United Nations system and by internaztional standardizing bodies taking into account their context and in the light of the object and purpose of this agreement"
The combination of this article 1.1 with Annex 1 (terms and definitions for the purpose of this agreement, that explicitely refers to the ISO/IEC Guide 2: 1991) and Annex 3 (Code of good practice for the preparation, adoption and application of standards) makes it clear that only standards issued from ISO, or IEC ,or ITU ,or UN/CEFACT at international level, or the corresponding regional and national bodies at regional or national levels, are recognized as "de jure standards" for the application of the international law on commerce.
Gérard LANG


-----Message d'origine-----
De : ietf-languages-bounces at [mailto:ietf-languages-bounces at] De la part de Stephane Bortzmeyer
Envoyé : mardi 17 mars 2009 11:32
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Objet : Re: Last call for ISO 15924-based updates

On Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 08:13:20AM +0100,  Lang Gérard <gerard.lang at> wrote  a message of 32 lines which said:

> IETF's BCP (de facto standards, whose use is restricted to some forms 
> of use) make use of ISO standards (de jure standards, that are 
> designed for very large categories of users),

Do note that this distinction between IETF standards and ISO ones is an opinion, not a fact, and that many people (me, for instance), disagree with this opinion.
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