Table 3-1: Countries Committing to WTO Reference Paper with Different Legal Traditions [3.1.2]

Table 3-1: Countries Committing to WTO Reference Paper with Different Legal Traditions

Country1

Legal Tradition

Country

Legal Tradition

Albania

Civil law system

Jamaica

Common law system

Antigua & Barbuda

Common law system

Japan

Civil, Islamic, and common law system

Argentina

Mixture of US and West European legal systems

Jordan

Civil and Islamic law system

Armenia

Civil law system

Kenya

Common, customary and Islamic law system

Australia

Common law system

Korea

Civil and customary law system

Bangladesh

Common law system

Kyrgyz Republic

Civil law system

Barbados

Common law system

Latvia

Civil law system

Belize

Common law system

Lithuania

Civil law system

Bolivia

Civil law system

Malaysia

Common, customary and Islamic law system

Brunei Darussalam

Common, Islamic, and customary law system

Mauritius

Civil law system with elements of common law

Bulgaria

Civil law system

Mexico

Civil law system

Cambodia

Primarily civil law, royal decrees, and acts of the legislature, influences of customary law and remnants of communist legal theory; increasing influence of common law

Moldova

Civil law system

Canada

Common law system, except in Quebec , where civil law system prevails

Morocco

Civil and Islamic law system

Chile

Civil law system

Nepal

Hindu legal concepts (custom) and common law system

China

Customary and civil law system

New Zealand

Common law system

Colombia

Civil law system

Norway

Civil, customary and common law system

Cote d'Ivoire

Civil and customary law

Oman

Common and Islamic law system

Croatia

Civil law system

Pakistan

Common and Islamic law system

Cyprus

Common law system, with civil law modifications

Papua New Guinea

Common law system

Czech Republic

Civil law system

Peru

Civil law system

Dominica

Common law system

Philippines

Common and civil law system

Domin ican Republic

Civil law system

Poland

Civil law system

Ecuador

Civil law system

Romania

Civil law system

Egypt

Based on English common law, Islamic law, and Napoleonic codes

Senegal

Civil and customary law system

El Salvador

Civil and Roman law system, with traces of common law

Singapore

Common law system

Estonia

Civil law system

Slovak Republic

Civil law system

European Union*

Civil and Common law system

South Africa

Civil and English common law system

Georgia

Civil law system

Sri Lanka

Mixture of common, civil and customary law system

Ghana

Common and customary law system

Surinam

Civil law system

Grenada

Common law system

Switzerland

Civil law system

Guatemala

Civil law system

Thailand

Civil law system, with influences of common law

Hong Kong

Common and customary law system

Trinidad & Tobago

Common law system

Hungary

Civil law system

Tunisia

Civil law and Islamic law system

Iceland

Civil law system

Turkey

Civil law system

India

Common, Muslim and customary law system

Uganda

Common and customary law system

Indonesia

Common, Muslim and customary law system

United States

Common law except Louisiana

Israel

Common and civil law system

Venezuela

Civil law system

ENDNOTES

1 WTO; Université d'Ottawa [University of Ottawa] Faculty of Law, at http://www.droitcivil.uottawa.ca/world-legal-systems/eng-monde.php. The European Union is included as a single jurisdiction because the member states jointly committed to the WTO Reference Paper.

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