CCJ Symposium: Advancing the Case for Regionalism and Indigenous Jurisprudence

On January 21, 2015 the Faculty of Law collaborated with the High Commissioner of Canada to Trinidad and Tobago to host the symposium at its Noor Hassanali Auditorium. The ILO, OAS and the UNDP also partnered with the Faculty to host this important event to promote accession to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Ten years after the inauguration of the CCJ, arguments for and against this country’s accession to the CCJ still rage in the court of public opinion. The symposium helped to advance the cause for strengthening the CCJ and particularly focused on the possible accession of Trinidad and Tobago to the CCJ. Six international legal experts discussed the experiences of other Commonwealth countries in replacing the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council with their own final appellate courts. The symposium concluded with an anonymous view that the strengthening of the CCJ would advance the rule of law in the Caribbean and be beneficial to the regional integration process. Alicia Elias-Roberts, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law chaired the event and Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, Dean of the Faculty of Law presented a paper.