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Caribbean Law Institute

PictureIn the past decade, it has become increasingly clear that harmonization and modernization of the commercial laws in the Commonwealth Caribbean are necessary to relieve legal constraints to trade, commerce and investment. The Caribbean Law Institute (CLI) was established in 1988 under a grant from the United States Agency for International Development to promote such activities in order to further clarify the laws affecting trade, commerce and investment in the region, while at the same time respecting the unique needs of local jurisdictions.

This joint project between Florida State University (Florida State) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) has its offices in Tallahassee and at the Caribbean Law Institute Centre (CLIC) in Barbados, which was created in 1994 as a unit of research in the Faculty of Law at UWI. The Centre works in parallel with the CLI office at Florida State.

CLI/CLIC have been given status in the CARICOM system as an Associate Institution, in recognition of their work.