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Volume I: National Reports 1996

Gilberto Boutin1

The official name of the country is República de Panamá. It has a republican form of government, based upon the Constitution Act of 1983. The structure of government is unitary.

The Panama Canal Zone has a special status. Under the Hay-Bunau Varilla…

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Gilberto Boutin, “Panama”, 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 27 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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