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Zimmerman's Research Guide



The Guide to Caribbean Law Research by Yemisi Dina provides an overview of Caribbean legal materials. Articles on legal research for some individual Caribbean countries are available on the Foreign Law Research section of Globalex.

For links to online laws and judicial opinions, see the Legal Resources on the Web page by University of the West Indies.

The full text of some Caribbean primary legal materials are published in subject-specific series, such as Taxation & Investment in the Caribbean (International Bureau of Fiscal Documentation), which has many of the business laws and tax treaties and Asset Protection: Domestic and International Law and Tactics (West). If you subscribe, the Foreign Law Guide (formerly by Reynolds and Flores) discusses the country's primary legal materials and lists the treatises available in various subject areas. For general information on finding treatises and other online sources sources, see the separate entry for "Foreign Laws."

The Westlaw MULTI-INSF database includes insurance statutes, regs, and other primary insurance materials from Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands; there are individual databases for the different countries.

RIA's subscription-based World Wide Tax Law Service on Checkpoint has corporate, commercial, tax and other business-related laws.

Otherwise, it's hard to find Caribbean legal materials in the U.S. The best domestic source I know is Florida State University at Tallahassee, which has primary legal materials for Caribbean countries (850-644-4095). Better but more distant sources include the University of the West Indies Law Library (246-425-1310 or 246-438-1784), which is located in Barbados, and the University of Puerto Rico law library (787-764-0000).

Business Information: The Trident Trust company posts an overview of doing business in the Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, and other Caribbean countries. The Lex Mundi Guide to Doing Business in ... for Aruba and Trinidad and Tobago are available on Lexis (INTLAW;LMBGAR and INTLAW;LMBGTT).

The Caribbean Common Market regulates trade in the region.

Countries Covered: Countries located in or on the Caribbean include Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Belize, the British Virgin Islands (BVI), the Cayman Islands, Columbia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks & Caicos and Venezuela. However, in common parlance, the phrase "Caribbean countries" often means the island nations located in or near the Caribbean Sea, while countries on the mainland are considered part of Central America or South America.

Some of these countries have their own entries in this Guide including the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Caymen Islands, the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, as well as Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

See Also
Company Information
Country Information
Doing Business in Foreign Countries
Foreign Laws
South America
Treaties - U.S.
Treaties - Foreign

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