What is it about?

This article documents the development of the CCJ (Caribbean Court of Justice) and explains the critical role it has played in the integration of the CSME and CARICOM since its inception. The article also reviews a number of important seminal judgments by the CCJ in its original jurisdiction and considers those judgments in relation to environmental, business, and trade policies in the Caribbean region, all while noting the CCJ's crucial contribution to the development of a common Caribbean jurisprudence.

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Why is it important?

An important part of developing a common Caribbean identity is developing a common Caribbean jurisprudence. In this regard, the work of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is of central importance, not only in its issuing of judgments, but also because it plays an important role in resolving disputes in the CSME, thereby allowing Caribbean countries to integrate economically in a peaceful and orderly manner.


Writing this article with Alicia Elias-Roberts was a pleasure, as we both share a common love for the Caribbean region and both want to see the development of a common Caribbean jurisprudence and the harmonious integration of Caribbean economies and societies.

Rocky Hanoman

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This page is a summary of: CARICOM, the CSME, and absolute sovereignty: lessons learnt on the road towards regional integration, Commonwealth Law Bulletin, January 2019, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/03050718.2018.1547654.
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