Dr Timothy Affonso


Dr. Timothy Affonso was admitted to practise law in Trinidad and Tobago in 2006. After admission to practise, he worked at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Trinidad and Tobago. He then worked briefly at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before being awarded the Chevening Scholarship to pursue his Masters of Law at the University College London in Public Law and Human Rights.He has also worked at the Central Authority Unit in the Ministry of the Attorney General in Trinidad and Tobago, where he worked on extraditions and mutual legal assistance. He joined the Faculty of Law in August 2011 and has taught Contract Law, Criminal Law, Real Property, International Human Rights Law, Legal Methods, Research and Writing, Caribbean Human Rights Law, International Mooting and Supervised Independent Research Paper. He has a passion for international mooting and has published in this area. His areas of academic interest are public international law, rights of the child and international human rights law. He has also served as the Chairman of two State Boards of Directors and has led the Faculty’s legal aid outreach programme since its inception.


Degrees -

  • Ph.D. Public International Law and International Human Rights Law (UWI)
  • PG Cert University Teaching and Learning with Distinction (UWI)
  • LL.M. Public Law and Human Rights with Distinction  (UCL)
  • Legal Education Certificate (Hugh Wooding Law School)
  • LL.B. Bachelor of Laws Degree (UWI)


Teaching Interests

  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Contract Law
  • Caribbean Human Rights Law


Research Interests

  • Public International Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Contract Law
  • Caribbean Human Rights Law


PhD Supervision Interests

  • Public International Law- dualism and monism
  • International Human Rights Law – rights of vulnerable groups specifically women and children
  • Contract Law – construction law (FIDIC)
  • Caribbean Human Rights Law - reform



Journal Articles          

  • “The Legality and Enforceability of 'Stay-at-Home' Orders: The Appropriate Response to Covid-19 by Trinidad and Tobago.” Commonwealth Law Bulletin, 2020, Vol. 46 Issue 2, (Published 13 July 2020)
  • “Delaying the Inevitable: A Discussion of the Possible Abolition of Corporal Punishment of Children at  Home in Trinidad and Tobago.” Children’s Legal Rights Journal Vol. 1 (Spring) 2010  
  • “All Persons are Created Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others: Trinidad and Tobago Equal Opportunities Act 2000” Student Law Review (UWI Cave Hill) Feb-March 2005, Volume 22, 75



  • “Mastering the Art of International Mooting: The Structure, Technique  and Rules of International Mooting” XLibris Publising (2013)
  • “Contract Law: A Commonwealth Caribbean Casebook” XLibris  Publishing (2013)


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