Barbados is an island nation located between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, northeast of Venezuela. The capital of Barbados is Bridgetown. The official language is English, though Bajan (an English based Creole language) is widely spoken in informal settings. The country's population in 2017 was approximately 292,336 people. Barbados is a predominantly Christian country, with about 76% of the population Christian.
Constitution & Legal Structure
After declaring independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, Barbados became a parliamentary democracy under a constitutional monarchy (a Commonwealth realm), in which sovereignty belongs to the people and the Constitution is the supreme law of the land. The current Constitution of Barbados was also adopted in 1966. The system of government is based on principles of separation and checks and balances and has three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. The legal system of Barbados is a common law system based on the English model.
Constitutional Status of Islamic Law
Islamic law has no constitutional status in Barbados.
Jurisdiction(s) of Islamic Law
Islamic law has no official jurisdiction of operation in Barbados.
Dominant School of Islamic Law
Barbados has no official school of Islamic law.
Sources of Law for Legal Research
For an extended list of legal resources for this country, see the Library of Congress’s Research Guide. The Constitution is available in the LOC Guide in its original language and at Constitute in English. For full versions of past constitutions, amendments, and related legislation, see HeinOnline World Constitutions Illustrated or Oxford Constitutions of the World [subscription required for each].