Dr. Arif Bulkan

Senior Lecturer

Arif Bulkan joined the Faculty of Law at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in September 2008 and transferred to the St Augustine campus in January 2012. He currently teaches Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights Law, International Human Rights Law and Law and Legal Systems in the LLB programme. His other interests include Criminal Law and Environmental Law.

Full Biography
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  • Contact Information

    Arif.Bulkan@sta.uwi.edu

  • Academic Qualifications

    PhD (Osgoode); LLM (Lond); LLB (UWI); LEC; Certificate in University Teaching and Learning (UWI)

  • Teaching Areas

    Constitutional Law, Caribbean & International Human Rights Law
    Criminal Law
    Law and Legal Systems
    Legal Methods, Research and Writing

Full Biography

Arif Bulkan joined the Faculty of Law at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies in September 2008 and transferred to the St Augustine campus in January 2012. He currently teaches Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights Law, International Human Rights Law and Law and Legal Systems in the LLB programme. His other interests include Criminal Law and Environmental Law.

Prior to joining the Faculty of Law Arif Bulkan practiced law in Guyana, first at the Chambers of the Director of Public Prosecutions, where he left as Assistant DPP in 1996, and then in private practice from 1999 to 2004. He obtained his PhD in law on the subject of the land rights of indigenous peoples in Guyana from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 2008, and is one of the few experts on the emerging legal framework dealing with the rights of indigenous peoples in the Caribbean.

Dr Bulkan has published on democracy, the rule of law and constitutionalism in the Caribbean, the rights of indigenous persons, environmental law, and Caribbean human rights law. He has also provided expert advice as a consultant on human rights, environmental law, indigenous law and HIV/AIDS and the law to regional and international non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and has worked in law and policy reform in the areas of indigenous rights, natural resource extraction laws and health and human rights.

Publications

Select Publications

"The Limits of Constitution (Re)-making in the Commonwealth Caribbean: Towards the 'Perfect Nation'" (2013) 2:1 Canadian Journal of Human Rights 79-115

"The Poverty of Equality Jurisprudence in the Commonwealth Caribbean" (2013) 10 Equal Rights Review 11-32

"Disentangling the Sources and Nature of Indigenous Rights: A Critical Examination of Common Law Jurisprudence" (2012) 61 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 823-53

"Judicial Approaches to Limitation Clauses in Commonwealth Caribbean Bills of Rights" [2012] West Indian Law Journal 173-88

"Judicial Independence as a Feature of the Rule of Law and Democracy: Prospects for the Commonwealth Caribbean" in Transitions in Caribbean Law: Lawmaking Constitutionalism and the Confluence of National and International Law, eds. Berry and Robinson, (Caribbean Law Publishing Co., Jamaica, 2012) 200-226

"From Instrument of Empire to Vehicle for Change: The Potential of Emerging International Standards for Indigenous Peoples of the Commonwealth Caribbean" (2011) 37: 3 Commonwealth Law Bulletin 463-489

"Ancient Burial Grounds, Shifting Villages & Resource-Extractive Industries: Navigating the Complexities of Proving Indigenous Land Rights in the Commonwealth Caribbean" (2009) 19 Caribbean Law Review 1-30

"'Protector of Indians': Assessing Walter Roth's Legacy in Policy towards Amerindians in Guyana" in Russell McDougall and Iain Davidson, eds., The Roth Family: Anthropology and Colonial Administration (Walnut Creek, Calif., Left Coast Press, 2008) 255-264 (co-authored with Janette Bulkan)

"Democracy in Disguise: Assessing the Reforms to the Fundamental Rights Provisions in Guyana" (2004) 32 Georgia Journal of International & Comparative Law 613-655

"Defining the Meaning and Scope of the Right to Counsel enshrined in the Guyana Constitution" (2002) 3 Guyana Law Review 151-182

Research Interests

Constitutional Law
Caribbean Human Rights Law
Rights of Indigenous Peoples
HIV & the Law