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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM)

Stefanie Schmahl

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 October 2019

Subject(s):
International minimum standard — Universal international organizations

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The International Bureau of Weights and Measures ( Bureau international des poids et mesures ; ‘BIPM’) was established by the Metric Convention, signed by 17 countries in Paris on 20 May 1875 , as a permanent institution to carry out research on problems of standardizing weights and measures. It thus originates from the period at the end of the 19 th century where several international administrative unions were created in order to issue internationally binding technical and administrative regulations. On 6 October 1921, the convention was extended to include...
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