Archives of Legal Service - Legal agreements

Identity Statement [Top]

Reference code(s)

CERN-ARCH-DSU-LEGAL-0001 to 1190 (ongoing)


Archives of Legal Service - Legal agreements


February 1952 - Present

Level of description


Extent of the unit of description

10 boxes; 571 Items; 1 linear metre

Context [Top]

Name of creator

Legal Service

Administrative history

The Legal Service was created as a part of the Directorate Services Unit at the request of CERN's Member States, in order to protect the legal interests of the Organization and to ensure that the activities and decisions of the Organization conform with the applicable rules. As CERN is an intergovernmental organization, the regulations applicable to its operation belong to a particular legal framework, that of international law. The Legal Service thus takes on the duty of " guardian of the international treaties " and acts as a consultant to the Organization, the Directorate and its services in legal matters.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from the Legal Service

Content & Structure [Top]

Scope and content

The items in this collection include rights of the Organization and territorial statutes, agreements and contracts (preparation of the collaboration and cooperation agreements concluded with States, International or National organizations), litigation, insurance, intellectual property (legal advice on technology transfer activities).

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Nothing was destroyed.


Further accruals are expected.

System of arrangement

Items are received regularly, and assigned a simple running number.

Conditions of access and use [Top]

Conditions governing access

See file level description and the CERN operational circular No 3: rules applicable to archival material and archiving at CERN. In general, records on any subject that are over 30 years old, and all records of a purely scientific nature, may be consulted.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copyright is retained by CERN, no reproduction without permission.

Language / scripts of material

Various languages, mostly English and French, but also Italian, Spanish, Japan, Russian, etc...

Finding aids

Listed to item level in the CERN Archives Database.

Description control [Top]

Archivist's note

Description prepared by Sandrine Reyes.

Date(s) of description

Geneva, the 10th February 2004, Revised 2007.