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Business law in Mauritius

Legal Framework

Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Foreign nationals can, to a large extent, expect an impartial trial from the country’s judicial system. The judiciary is independent, and the domestic legal system is generally non-discriminatory and transparent.
The Equal Opportunities Commission investigates allegations of discrimination and promotes equality of opportunity in both the private and public sectors.
The Language of Justice
English and French.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
Mauritius draws legal principles from both French civil law and British common law traditions: while its substance is based on the Napoleonic Code of 1804, the procedures draw from the English system. Commercial and contractual law is also based on the French civil code.
The legal sources in Mauritius are legislation, case law, and customary laws. Legislation can be divided into supreme legislation (the Constitution), primary legislation adopted by the Parliament ("the power of parliament to make laws shall be exercisable by bills passed by the Authority and assented by the President" as per the national constitution), and delegated legislation (a number of legislations, known as Enabling Acts or Parent Acts, allow subsidiary organizations such as ministries, municipalities or parastatal bodies to pass delegated legislation).
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