Business risks

Australian companies are advised to spend time investigating the market, obtain professional advice where appropriate and thoroughly investigate the issues in entering the market and before establishing business relationships.

Australian firms wishing to operate in this market should commit to the highest level of corporate behaviour and familiarise themselves with Australia's laws and penalties pertaining to bribery of foreign officials.

Bribery of foreign public officials is a crime. Australian individuals and companies can be prosecuted in Australia for bribing foreign officials when overseas. Further information on the regulations governing bribery of foreign public officials is available.

For further information on frauds, scams, personal and asset security, intellectual property protection and other business risks please read more about legal issues.

Intellectual property protection

Jordan has developed legal provisions to protect intellectual property rights and has acceded to the Paris Convention for Protection of Industrial Property in 2004. An intellectual property law regime was enacted in compliance with international standards (TRIPS), as part of acceding to the World Trade Organisation. Jordan is also a World Intellectual Property organisation member.

Dispute resolution

As in most jurisdictions, the typical means of dispute resolution is referral to a court. The judicial system is tripartite; comprising of civil courts, religious courts and specialised courts. Religious courts typically hear matters relating to personal status and marriage, whereas specialised courts deal with matters such as income tax appeal and state security.

Alternative dispute resolution is also available, typically in the form of arbitration or mediation. Legislation governing arbitration has been in existence since 1953, the current iteration of which is based on the UNCITRAL Model Law.