The degree to which an institutional system diverges from the normative order that creates it is a measure of the legitimacy of the system as a whole, as it defines the coherence between the system’s means and its ends. Like the constitutionalism of other countries, that of Cuba tells the story of its particular divergence, the centuries-old tradition summarized by the phrase: “The law is respected, but not followed.”
 Transl. note: The original expression, widely used in the Spanish-speaking world to convey the idea of paying lip service to the law, is “La ley se acata, pero no se cumple.”
Guanche, Julio César and Fernández Estrada, Julio Antonio, "Rights and Guarantees in Cuba: Background and a Proposal" (2013). SELA (Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política) Papers. 129.