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.
''We have got a gentlemen's agreement - I am not that bad'', Keating told GMTV.
Elsom said: "We disagree on the gentlemen's agreement I didn't believe that there was one."
It recalls that, in the past, Parliament and Council did not scrutinise their respective budget sections because they always invoked the gentlemen's agreement' reached in 1970 on this subject.
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.
And the Taysiders have now struck a gentlemen's agreement with FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, the main football figurehead in that part of the world.
The Council untiringly refers to the 1970 gentlemen's agreement under which Parliament and the Council do not meddle in each other's accounts.
Stewart reached a gentlemen's agreement with the 33-year-old before going on holiday.
Between the different options studied by the Commission, such as the status quo or a single regulation that would later be converted into application regulations, only one was retained: a single regulation for quarterly statistics with annual data to continue being collected on the basis of the 'gentlemen's agreement'.
They criticise the English Cricket Board for its "timidity" in agreeing the deal and ministers for letting it go through despite a "gentlemen's agreement" that it would stay on terrestrial TV.
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.
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.