oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - French and English legal cultures meet - aspects of recent Mauritian legislation

Volume 9, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The fascination of the Mauritian legal system lies in its mixed cultural heritage. A French colony till 1810 and a British possession till 1968, Mauritius has a pre-Napoleonic French Penal Code, the bulk of its civil law in the Code Napoleon, the basis of its commercial life in the Code de Commerce of 1809, and a significant portion of its civil procedural rules stilI in the Code de Procedure Civil of 1808. Alongside this is a public law structure in the Common law mould, and company, banking, and other specific commercial law topics dealt with in statutes which follow the corresponding English laws.

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