3 CONTEMPORARY MERCANTILE JURISDICTION IN OMAN* Alastair Hirstt The Sultanate of Oman is one of the least-known Gulf jurisdictions. This is largely because its economic resources, and accordingly its involvement in international com- merce, have tended to be more modest than is the case with most of its neighbours. It may also be because in Oman there is a distaste for public controversy, and the country's courts and legal system have not attracted notice as the setting for a clash of traditional Islamic concepts and the requirements of modem international trade. This does not however mean that there has been little activity in the legal world in Oman. In fact, the degree of legal development effected in a quiet way over the past twenty years in the mercantile law field is considerable, and the purpose of this article is to review the stage reached in this development, both in terms of substantive law, and also in terms of judicial organs. LEGISLATION Oman's modern era is seen as beginning with the accession of Qaboos bin Sa'id as Sultan in the summer of 1970. In the earlier years of his reign, much of the national effort was directed to bringing
Arab Law Quarterly – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1992
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