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Alphabetical Index of the 192 United Nations Member States and Corresponding Legal Systems

MEMBER STATES

LEGAL SYSTEM

MIXED SYSTEMS COMPONENTS

AFGHANISTAN

Muslim law

 

ALBANIA

Civil law

 

ALGERIA

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law

ANDORRA

Customary law

 

ANGOLA

Civil law

 

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

Common law

 

ARGENTINA

Civil law

 

ARMENIA

Civil law

 

AUSTRALIA

Common law

 

AUSTRIA

Civil law

 

AZERBAIJAN

Civil law

 

BAHAMAS

Common law

 

BAHRAIN

Mixed

Muslim law/ Civil law /
Common law /Customary law

BANGLADESH

Mixed

Muslim law/ Common law

BARBADOS

Common law

 

BELARUS

Civil law

 

BELGIUM

Civil law

 

BELIZE

Common law

 

BENIN

Civil law

 

BHUTAN

Mixed

Customary law/ Common law

BOLIVIE

Civil law

 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Civil law

 

BOTSWANA

Mixed

Civil law/ Common law

BRAZIL

Civil law

 

BRUNEI

Mixed

Muslim law/ Common law /Customary law

BULGARIA

Civil law

 

BURKINA FASO

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

BURUNDI

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

CAMBODIA

Civil law

 

CAMEROON

Mixed

Civil law/ Common law /Customary law

CANADA

Common law

(minus QUÉBEC  : Civil law/Common law)

CAPE VERDE

Civil law

 

CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC

Civil law

 

CHAD

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

CHILE

Civil law

 

CHINA

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law (minus HK : Common law / Customary law and MACAO : Civil law)

COLOMBIA

Civil law

 

COMOROS ISLANDS

Mixed

Civil law /Muslim law

CONGO

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

COSTA RICA

Civil law

 

CÔTE D'IVOIRE

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

CROATIA

Civil law

 

CUBA

Civil law

 

CYPRUS

Mixed

Common law /Civil law

CZECH REPUBLIC

Civil law

 

DENMARK

Civil law

 

DJIBOUTI

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law/Customary law

DOMINICA

Common law

 

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Civil law

 

ECUADOR

Civil law

 

EGYPT

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law

EL SALVADOR

Civil law

 

EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

ERITREA

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law/Muslim law

ESTONIA

Civil law

 

ETHIOPIA

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

FIJI ISLANDS

Common law

 

FINLAND

Civil law

 

FRANCE

Civil law

 

GABON

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

GAMBIA

Mixed

Muslim law/Common law/Customary law

GEORGIA

Civil law

 

GERMANY

Civil law

 

GHANA

Mixed

Common law/Customary law 

GREECE

Civil law

 

GRENADA

Common law

 

GUATEMALA

Civil law

 

GUINEA

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law 

GUINEA-BISSAU

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law 

GUYANA

Mixed

Common law/Civil law

HAITI

Civil law

 

HONDURAS

Civil law

 

HUNGARY

Civil law

 

ICELAND

Civil law

 

INDIA

Mixed

Common law/Muslim law/Customary law

INDONESIA

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law/Customary law 

IRAN

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law

IRAQ

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law 

IRELAND

Common law

 

ISRAËL

Mixed

Civil law/Common law /Jewish law/Muslim law

ITALY

Civil law

 

JAMAICA

Common law

 

JAPAN

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

JORDAN

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law/Customary law

KAZAKHSTAN

Civil law

 

KENYA

Mixed

 Common law/Customary law /Muslim law

KIRIBATI

Common law

 

KUWAIT

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law/Customary law

KYRGYZSTAN

Civil law

 

LAOS

Civil law

 

LATVIA

Civil law

 

LEBANON

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law 

LESOTHO

Mixed

Common law/Civil law/Customary law

LIBERIA

Mixed

Common law/Customary law 

LIBYA

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law

LIECHTENSTEIN

Civil law

 

LITHUANIA

Civil law

 

LUXEMBOURG

Civil law

 

MACEDONIA (FYROM)

Civil law

 

MADAGASCAR

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

MALAWI

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

MALAYSIA

Mixed

Muslim law/Common law/Customary law

MALDIVES, ISLANDS

Muslim law

 

MALI

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

MALTA

Mixed

Civil law/Common law

MARSHALL ISLANDS

Common law

 

MAURITANIA

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law

MAURITIUS ISLANDS

Mixed

Civil law/Common law

MEXICO

Civil law

 

MICRONESIA

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

MOLDAVIA

Civil law

 

MONACO

Civil law

 

MONGOLIA

Mixed

Customary law/Civil law

MONTENEGRO

Civil law

 

MOROCCO

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law

MOZAMBIQUE

Mixed

Customary law/ Civil law

MYANMAR

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

NAMIBIA

Mixed

Common law/Civil law

NAURU

Common law

 

NEPAL

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

NETHERLANDS

Civil law

 

NEW-ZEALAND

Common law

 

NICARAGUA

Civil law

 

NIGER

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

NIGERIA

Mixed

Common law/Muslim law/Customary law

NORTH KOREA

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law 

NORWAY

Civil law

 

OMAN

Mixed

Muslim law/Customary law/Civil law

PAKISTAN

Mixed

Muslim law/Common law

PALAU

Common law

 

PANAMA

Civil law

 

PAPUA-NEW-GUINEA

Mixed

Customary law/Common law

PARAGUAY

Civil law

 

PERU

Civil law

 

PHILIPPINES

Mixed

Common law/ Civil law

POLAND

Civil law

 

PORTUGAL

Civil law

 

QATAR

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law/
Common law/Customary law

ROUMANIA

Civil law

 

RUSSIA

Civil law

 

RWANDA

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

Common law

 

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Common law

 

SAINT-LUCIA

Mixed

Civil law/Common law

SAMOA

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

SAN MARINO

Civil law

 

SAO-TOMÉ-AND-PRINCIPE

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

SAUDI ARABIA

Muslim law

 

SENEGAL

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

SERBIA

Civil law

 

SEYCHELLES

Mixed

Common law/Civil law

SIERRA LEONE

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

SINGAPORE

Mixed

Common law/Muslim law

SLOVAKIA

Civil law

 

SLOVENIA

Civil law

 

SOLOMON, ISLANDS

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

SOMALIA

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law/
Common law/Customary law

SOUTH AFRICA

Mixed

Civil law/Common law 

SOUTH KOREA

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law 

SPAIN

Civil law

 

SRI LANKA

Mixed

Civil law/Common law/Customary law

SUDAN

Mixed

Muslim law/Common law

SURINAME

Civil law

 

SWAZILAND

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law

SWEDEN

Civil law

 

SWITZERLAND

Civil law

 

SYRIA

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law

TAJIKISTAN

Civil law

 

TANZANIA

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

THAILAND

Civil law

 

TIMOR-LESTE

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law/Customary law

TOGO

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law 

TONGA

Common law

 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

Common law

 

TUNISIA

Mixed

Civil law/Muslim law

TURKEY

Civil law

 

TURKMENISTAN

Civil law

 

TUVALU

Common law

 

UGANDA

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

UKRAINE

Civil law

 

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

Mixed

Muslim law/Customary law

UNITED KINGDOM

Common law

(minus SCOTLAND : Civil law / Common law and GUERNSEY and JERSEY : Customary law)

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Common law

(minus LOUISIANA : Civil law/Common law)

URUGUAY

Civil law

 

UZBEKISTAN

Civil law

 

VANUATU

Mixed

Civil law/Customary law/Common law

VENEZUELA

Civil law

 

VIETNAM

Civil law

 

YEMEN

Mixed

Muslim law/Civil law/Common law/Customary law

ZAMBIA

Mixed

Common law/Customary law

ZIMBABWE

Mixed

Civil law/Common law/Customary law

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