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Business law in Belarus

Legal Framework

Independence of Justice
The Belarusian Constitution guarantees an independent judicial system. However, in practice, courts can be subject to executive and presidential influence.

According to the World Bank Doing Business Index (2016), the enforcement of contracts is relatively easy in Belarus: the country ranks 29th. This score mostly reflects rapid and non costly-procedures, as the quality of the judicial process is deemed to be lower in Belarus (a score of 9) than in OECD countries (a score of 11).

Equal Treatment of Nationals and Foreigners
Although the law stipulates equal treatment of nationals and foreigners, in practice, a foreigner cannot necessarily expect a free trial from the country’s judiciary system.
The Language of Justice
Both Belarusian and Russian are the judicial languages used in the country.
Recourse to an Interpreter
It is possible to ask for an interpreter.
Sources of the Law and Legal Similarities
The main source of the law is the Constitution of 1994, which has been revised couple of times mainly through referendums to broaden the powers of the President.
Checking National Laws Online
 Belarus legislature web portal

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