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Volume I: National Reports 1973

R. A. Mahfood1

On 6 August 1962 Jamaica ceased to be a British Colony and became an independent unitary state and a full member of the British Commonwealth of Nations. The official language is English.


1. Nationality

Nationality is acquired by birth in Jamaica, birth outside Jamaica to a father who is a Jamaican citizen, or marriage to a male Jamaican citizen. It may be lost by the acquisition or exercise…

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R. A. Mahfood, “Jamaica”, in: International Encyclopedia of Comparative Law Online, Edited by: U. Drobnig, R. David, H. H. Egawa, R. Graveson, V. Knapp, A. T. Von Mehren, Y. Noda, S. Rozmaryn, V. M. Tschchikvadze, H. Valladão, H. Yntema, K. Zweigert. Consulted online on 05 February 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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