Law Research Guide: Caribbean Law

Last Updated Feb. 3, 2015. AJB; Updated Mar. 13, 2013. BA & NFH

​This research Guide covers many of the issues surrounding how to research Caribbean Law.  Specifically the guide will focus on Caribbean countries with historical ties to the British Commonwealth ("Commonwealth Caribbean") whose legal systems operate in English.  However, it will contain information on some non-Commonwealth Caribbean countries and non-English sources.  Also see Cuban Law and Cuba: Business Law in English research guides.  To locate additional titles, search Baron.

 Secondary Sources

For those unfamiliar with Caribbean Law, a secondary source is a good way to get started. Consider consulting a preeminent treatise such as:

 Statutes

Please be aware that the foreign primary law collection may contain some gaps in coverage. Check the Foreign Law Guide to determine the latest code in effect for foreign countries.

The University of West Indies Law Library prepared indexes to statutes of Commonwealth Caribbean countries. The indexes for the following countries are held in the library:

 Civil Codes

This list of codes is not exhaustive; however, they are useful in that they may give the researcher an idea of how other codes may be titled and organized. When searching for codes in Baron keep in mind that most will not have titles in English. All of the following are found in the International Collection:

Dominican Republic

Haiti

Netherlands Antilles & Aruba

St. Lucia

 Regulation

Subsidiary Legislation functions like administrative regulations in the United States. Subsidiary legislation is legislation enacted by a governmental entity empowered by the legislative, but that is not the legislature itself. You can find the following in the 3rd floor International Collection.

 Case Law

 Practice and Current Awareness

 Periodicals

Articles discussing Caribbean law topics may appear in a wide variety of law reviews and journals. With that in mind, it is probably best to run searches in general indexes such as LegalTrac, the Index to Legal Periodicals, and the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals. Additional searches in HeinOnline, Westlaw, & Lexis. You can find more Caribbean-country-specific journals at Washington and Lee Law Library by selecting particular countries from the "All Countries" drop down menu.

 Internet Sources

 Selected Books from the UM Law Library

Also consider searching the following subjects in Baron: Caribbean Area Economic Integration, Caribbean Area Economic Policy, Caribbean Court of Justice, West Indies Federation.

 Other Research Guides

  • Foreign Law Guide (commonly referred to as "Reynolds & Florres," the authors of the work) is the first place many researchers go when delving into foreign law research. The Foreign Law Guide provides detailed overviews of legal systems, references to sources of legal materials, and subject headings for almost 200 countries. The Foreign Law Guide does not have an entry for Caribbean Countries generally, but it does have pages for the individual countries in the Caribbean.
  • Caribbean Law Primary Resources were compiled by the University of the West Indies Law Library and includes links to Constitutions, Legislation, Court Judgments, Legal Information Institutes, as well as additional resources.
  • Guide to Caribbean Law Research is a Guide from NYU's Globalex collection and provides links to website providing Caribbean legal information, for lower courts, agencies, and legislative bodies.
  • Guides to Caribbean Law Research is a Guide from LLRX contains basic information on researching Caribbean Law.
  • A Guide to Uniform Citation of Inter-American Sources for Writers and Practitioners, 43 U. Miami Inter-Am. L. Rev. 377 (2012), contains examples of citations for Inter-American sources including those from Caribbean countries. It can also be used to find sources for various countries. It is updated bi-annually. (Westlaw, Lexis, & HeinOnline.)
  • Commonwealth Caribbean Law Research Guide created by Florida State University provides an individual page exploring primary and secondary resources for over twenty different jurisdictions.

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Library Reference: 305-284-3585
Library Circulation: 305-284-3563
Automated Operator: 305-284-2250
Copy Center: 305-284-3272
Computer Help Desk: 305-284-5297

 

QUOTE
"Perhaps the two most valuable and satisfactory products of American civilization are the librarian on the one hand and the cocktail in the other."
- Louis Stanley Jast, Librarian