Question: My issue is that my dissertation is on South Africa and I am accessing government documents regarding their Constitution and resolutions to African Union charters. So, I have had difficulty deciding what is the appropriate reference type to select. Selecting US Constitution defaults to putting US vice South Africa…
1. Protocol to the African Charter on Human Aid and People’s rights on the rights of Women in Africa
2. South African Constitution
3. UN Charter on Council on ending discrimination against women
SOLUTION: After a bit of research, I have come up with information about your three reference types. I would suggest choosing MLA’s Digital File with Group Author type for the Protocol and a Document type for the UN Convention. Once created, your references will appear like the one below:
African Union. Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights on the
Rights of Women in Africa. 2003. PDF file.
United Nations General Assembly. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination Against Women., 1979. United Nations. Web. 22 Feb. 2014.
Countries have different ways of labeling and citing laws. The Harvard, APA, MLA and CMS styles are based on the U.S. or U.K. system so they do not apply in South Africa. In the absence of specific institutional guidelines, use the following simple format for your Constitution reference.
Ref. Example: Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act no. 108 of 1996.
Citation Example: Const. of South Africa, Sect. 1a
New York University created a PDF on how to cite Foreign and International Legal works.