Commonwealth Parliamentarians who, irrespective of gender, race, religion or culture, being united by community of interest, respect for the rule of law and individual rights and freedoms, and by pursuit of the positive ideals of parliamentary democracy, have established the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
(Preamble to the CPA Constitution)
The CPA Constitution provides the authority on the aims of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, an outline of the respective governance structures and a number of rules and procedures for the functioning of the Association.
Drafted by Mr John Sweetman, former Clerk of Committees in the UK House of Commons, the current Constitution of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association was first approved and adopted by the General Assembly on 6 September 1993, at the 39th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Limassol, Cyprus.
The Constitution has since seen a number of amendments following its adoption, the most recent of which was at the 62nd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in London, United Kingdom.
The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association has, however, had a number of previous constitutions across its history, the first of which was approved and adopted on 18 July 1911, thereby founding the then Empire Parliamentary Association.
Please find a pdf copy of the CPA Constitution here.