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Business law in Uruguay

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The judiciary is largely independent, but has become increasingly inefficient in the face of escalating crime and a backlog of cases.
Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Uruguay is largely ruled by law; however discrimination against the country’s black minority and violence against women is a problem. Foreign nationals cannot be always guaranteed an impartial trail from the country’s judicial system. Though a certain degree of corruption exists in the corporate sector and the government departments, government is taking necessary measures to curb it. It is one of the least corrupt nations in Latin America.
The Language of Justice
Spanish is the judicial language used in the country.
Recourse to an Interpreter
Having an interpreter is possible.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The main source of the law is the constitution of 1967 (modified in 1989 and 1997). The legal system is based on Spanish civil law system. Uruguay accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.
Checking National Laws Online
Legal information website

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