oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Mauritius: The basis of the legal system

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



When the British gained sovereignty over Mauritius in 1810 they promised to leave the customs and laws of the people untouched, l but as time went by the English presence inevitably altered not only the methods of administration of the Island, but, naturally enough, the private law as well. Today the law is basically that of Napoleonic France with a strong overlay of English law, particularly in the commercial law field. The persons who make this interesting amalgam an operative reality are the barristers, solicitors, notaries, and judges of the Island.

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