This book is a unique collection of high quality articles analysing legal issues with particular regard to small states. The small states of the world differ considerably in their geography, history, political structures, legal systems and wealth. Nevertheless, because of their size, small states face a set of common challenges including vulnerability to external economic impacts such as changing trade regimes and limited ability to diversify economic activity; limited public and private sector capacity, including the legal and judicial infrastructure; a need for regional co-operation; a vulnerability to environmental changes as well as a limited ability to engage with supranational bodies and the forces of globalisation. This is the first volume of an exciting and unique new series, The World of Small States. In this work, legal experts from small jurisdictions and those with a particular interest in legal issues facing small states explore inter alia ethics in small jurisdictions, legal education and the profession in small states, the challenges facing small states with mixed legal systems, the constitutional arrangements in small states, small states as tax havens, and intellectual property and competition law issues.
Table of ContentsPart I 2015 Keynote Lecture: Geoffrey Palmer, Small Pacific Island States and the Catastrophe of Climate Change.- Part II Small States: Challenges and Adventures in Law: Lino Briguglio, Competition Law and Policy in Small States.- Baldur Thorhallsson, Small States in the UNSC and the EU: Structural Weaknesses and Ability to Influence.- Michèle Finck, The Impact of EU Law in Luxembourg: Does Size Matter?.- Ann Mumford, The Taxation of Small States and the Challenge of Commonality.- Alberto Costi and Nathan Jon Ross, The Ongoing Legal Status of Low-Lying States in the Climate-Changed Future.- Derek O'Brien, Small States, Colonial Rule and Democracy.- Part III The Legal Profession in Small States: Education, Practice and Regulation: Seán Patrick Donlan, David Marrani, Mathilda Twomey and David Edward Zammit, Legal Education and the Profession in Three Mixed/Micro Jurisdictions - Malta, Jersey, and Seychelles.- Nikitas E. Hatzimihail, On Law, Legal Elites and the Legal Profession in a (Biggish) Small State: Cyprus.- Nilesh Bilimoria, Choices for the South Pacific Region's Bar Associations and Law Societies?.