Article on the Caribbean Court of Justice

Caricom and Its Court of Justice

Derek O.Brien and S. Foadi

37 Common Law World Review 334 (2008)


The Caribbean Court of Justice, which was inaugurated in April 2005, is possessed of both an appellate and an original jurisdiction. In its original jurisdiction the Court is vested with a compulsory and exclusive power to interpret and apply the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas which establishes the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy. This paper explores the Court’s original jurisdiction and the role that it could play in promoting regional integration, taking account of the region’s history and institutional structure within which it will be expected to function.

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