Gentlemen's Agreement


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Gentlemen's Agreement

Although agreements between individuals often create legally binding commitments, instances may arise in which mutual promises yield no legally enforceable agreement. Sometimes called "gentlemen's agreements," parties may honor them because moral obligations compel observance or because future relations will be more difficult if the present arrangement is broken. International organizations likewise may depend on such informal arrangements so as to maintain comity among members.

Occasionally the enabling treaties that create an international organization will leave some procedural or voting matter unresolved. Rather than amend the formal document, which is usually a difficult task, an informal working agreement will develop to resolve a particular problem. As long as the consensus holds to honor the informal agreement, there is no need to embody it into a legal document.

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Parliament has been insisting on the revision of the gentlemen's agreement since 2009.
But the manager, who insists a gentlemen's agreement that he can talk to other clubs was made in the summer, is not likely to sign until he has studied it care fully.
Parliament thus calls for a revision of the gentlemen's agreement, which is not a binding document' and which remains too broadly interpreted by the Council.
Hampden chief Gordon Smith revealed the Home Associations have agreed to honour a gentlemen's agreement that only players with a blood link will be chosen.
But the Irishman, who insists a gentlemen's agreement that he can talk to other clubs was made in the summer, won't sign until he has studied it very carefully.
The Council untiringly refers to the 1970 gentlemen's agreement under which Parliament and the Council do not meddle in each other's accounts.
O'Neill said: "I had a gentlemen's agreement with Sir Rodney Walker and John Elsom that in the circumstances (turning down the Everton job in the summer) I would have the right to talk to other clubs.
It would suggest a gentlemen's agreement among carriers to not be as competitive as they might be.