Template:Merge The substantive and procedural laws of Cuba were based on the Spanish Civil laws and were influenced by the principles of Marxism-Leninism after that philosophy became the guiding force of government.

Principle of equality Edit

Cuban law is dedicated to advancing equality among the Cuban populations.

Substantive and procedural law Edit

Family lawEdit

Criminal lawEdit

Cuba's criminal code was based on Spanish law until 1956

Controversial portions of Cuba's criminal code include vague provisions providing for the arrest of persons committing anti-revolutionary acts.

Cuban criminal procedure has come under fire from critics for engaging in summary procedures.

Private propertyEdit

Cuba has laws protecting private property and ownership of individual property. Cuba has the highest rate of home ownership in the Western hemisphere.

Cuban law regarding private property has been heavily criticized as offering little to no protection to private property.

In 1992, in response to the Special Period, the Cuban constitution was changed to authorize the limited existence of joint ventures and corporations.

Cuba law also permits the collective ownership of agricultural cooperatives.

Economic regulationEdit

Cuba's laws provide for strong government regulation of the economy in almost all of its facets.

See also Edit

References Edit

"Law and Society in Contemporary Cuba" (Second Edition), by Debra Evenson. Published by Kluwer Law International; The Hague, Netherlands, 2003. Available for purchase through Aspen Publishers, Inc. (

External links Edit

  • (The webpage for a program dedicated to the study of the Rule of Law in contemporary Cuba. Includes links to the Cuban Penal Code and Cuban Constitution in Spanish. There are many Spanish-language links about dissidents arrested in 2003 crackdown. Some of the documents have been translated to English.)
  • (Informative page on Agrarian Reform in Cuba after 1959)
  • (Text of current Cuban Constitution. Note: This is the 1992 Version, and is without the 2002 amendment making socialism the permanent form of government).

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