Since Suriname and Haiti have civil law jurisdictions, can they participate in the regime establishing the CCJ?

This would depend on the jurisdiction of the CCJ to which access is desired. Both civil law and common law jurisdictions can participate in the CCJ in the exercise of its original jurisdiction. This is so because the CCJ in exercising its original jurisdiction is discharging the functions of an international tribunal applying rules of international law. International law rules are common to both common law and civil law jurisdictions. However, some changes would be required if Suriname or Haiti wished to participate in the appellate jurisdiction of the CCJ where municipal law rules and not international law rules apply.

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