Laws in Saudi Arabia Research Paper

Laws in Saudi Arabia
A review of the Saudi Arabian legal system and some of the arguments critics level against it.
# 153842 | 1,385 words | 41 sources | MLA | 2014 | KE
Published on Mar 19, 2014 in Law (International)

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This paper explains how the Saudi Arabian legal system works in general and how contract and commercial laws work in particular. The paper also examines the international criticisms leveled against Saudi Arabian law and the reasons for these criticisms. The paper concludes that, internationally, the Saudi legal system is still receiving numerous criticisms and that the country's laws are still said to be inefficient in tackling contemporary issues in society.

Hierarchy of Laws in Saudi Arabia
Commercial Laws and Contract Laws
Aspects of the Saudi Arabia Contract Law
International Principle with the Saudi Contract Laws

From the Paper:

"Like other laws, commercial laws and contract laws in Saudi Arabia are governed by Sharia (Doumato 6). The Board of Grievances governs commercial matters in the country. This board consists of several judges trained under Sharia schools. Most foreign investors have been slow to invest in the country due to fear of Sharia regulations (Heinrichs 56). The contract laws permit substantial freedoms for parties to agree on contract terms and conditions. Nevertheless, contracts with payment of interests are prohibited under the law (Dupret 90). This implies that the Saudis government will only compensate parties with proven, direct damages. Consequently, parties seeking compensation with speculative reasons are not tolerated in Saudis courts in accordance with Sharia laws (Fawzy 23). Equally, Saudi commercial and contract laws corporate business entities are only recognized as stipulated by Sharia. This implies that other types of companies are illegal in the country. Currently, the commercial and contract laws have been amended to match with World Trade Organisation standards. Before the amendments, the country had less than 100 registered patents with more than 90000 patents pending (Gupta 78). Currently, the number of registered patents has increased significantly reducing the number of pending applications."

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