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Research Paper
Published online: May 30, 2009

Legal Framework of Unfair Competition in Jordan: Scope of Application and Legal Protection

Haitham A. Haloush
Hashemite University, Jordan
P.O. Box 150459, Hashemite University, Zarqa 13115, Jordan
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Until the year 2000, there was no specific statute enacted in Jordan that regulates unfair competition. In the year 2000, the Jordanian Unfair Competition Law No. 15 of 2000 was enacted. The Law deals with the issue of unfair competition in a very generic way. In addition to the Jordanian Unfair Competition Law, the principal statutory source of protection is implemented through the general rules and principles of civil law, particularly, tort law and injurious acts. Although the Jordanian Unfair Competition Law purports to implement a general legal regime on unfair competition, it includes very little in terms of substantive or procedural protection of unfair competition. Presently, the Jordanian legal system provides only very limited protection which is not adequate to accommodate unfair competition cases. Therefore, statutory changes are needed.

Keywords : Unfair Competition, World Trade Organization, Legal Protection

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