PhD Student Bios

Ashook Balroop

Working Title: ‘The extent and effect of social protection, by way of social insurance, for individuals engaged in non-standard forms of employment in the Commonwealth Caribbean’  

Overview: Social Insurance, Employment Law and Human Rights. 

Bio: Ashook Balroop is an Attorney at Law of fifteen years call. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (with Honours) from the University of London, a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School, a Master of Laws (Corporate and Commercial) from the University of the West Indies and a Master in Business Administration (with Distinction) from the Edinburgh School of Business. He is currently the Manager, Legal Services at the National Insurance Board of Trinidad and Tobago and an Associate Tutor at the Hugh Wooding Law School. His doctoral research examines the extent and effect of social protection, by way of social insurance, for individuals engaged in non-standard forms of employment in the Commonwealth Caribbean. 

Affiliations/memberships:  Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Member of the International Social Security Association (ISSA). 

Supervisor: Dr Chumah Amaefule


Shanna Codrington

Working Title: ‘Modernizing the Barbados Charities Act Cap 243: the need for its reform – A critical and comparative analysis of the Charities Act 2011 UK and the Bermuda Charities Act 2014’

Overview: The thesis embarks on a critical and comparative analysis of the Charities Act 2011 (UK) and the Charities Act 2014 (Bermuda) to highlight how these two pieces of legislation can be used as models and guides to improve, strengthen, reform and modernize the current Charities Act Cap 243 (Barbados).  This thesis will make a vital contribution to the existing charities literature in the region and will make a much needed, unique and vital contribution to facilitate the modernization of the current Barbados Charities legislation.

Bio: Shanna is an Attorney-at -Law with an LLB (Hons). She also holds a Master of Laws in Corporate and Commercial Law and a Certificate in Public Procurement Law and Governance.

Supervisor: Mr John Jeremie SC


Ramzan Hosein

Working Title: ‘Insider Trading in Trinidad and Tobago’

Overview: My quest has always been to promote critical thinking and to contribute to the development of the human capital of the Caribbean. Indeed, one of my major objectives is to advance financial literacy and consequently financial independence via prudent investment strategies.  Such is acute to any individual’s financial stability and economic survival, which is awfully vital in our existing economic situation.

Bio: Ramzan holds a BSc in Management Studies (UWI); LLB (University of London); LLM (University of London). Ramzan is happily married with twin daughters named Samirah and Raniah and a son, Aadam. Ramzan was previously the Project Coordinator/Administrative Manager at the Ministry of Trade and Industry for twelve years. Ramzan is also a part time lecturer in Law and Finance, at the Department of Management Studies, UWI, St Augustine and at  UWI Open Campus, St Augustine.

Ramzan with his wife also operates a gourmet sweet shoppe ‘Aadam +3 Sweet Treats’, in Chaguanas, Trinidad.

Supervisor: Dr Shazeeda Ali (Faculty of Law, Mona)


Ramesh Mahadeo

Working Title: ‘Electoral Law Reform in Trinidad and Tobago’

Overview: My research interest is to investigate the problem of voter alienation through the lens of constitutional law using the social contract theory, by examining where electoral laws are democratically defective and deficient, with the purpose of electoral law reform. 

Bio: Ramesh holds an LLB (Hons) and LLM in Public Law.

Supervisor: Dr Arif Bulkan


Reagan Rowans

Working Title: ‘Adjudication and its relationship to legal philosophy’

Overview: The PhD is grounded in legal theory and human rights, and explores principles in Caribbean adjudication. Reagan’s research interests are in philosophy of law and rights.

Bio: Reagan holds a Bachelor of Laws degree, a Master of Laws degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, all from the University of London. Reagan also holds the Legal Education Certificate from Hugh Wooding Law School. Reagan has been a lecturer in law for more than 14 years, and a practising attorney for 12 years.

Supervisor: Dr Justin Koo


Sheriza Khan

Working Title: 'The failure of Immigration Laws to afford basic Human Rights to immigrants rendering the laws anti-constitutional.’  

Overview: Immigration Law, Employment Law and Human Rights.

Bio: Sheriza is an Attorney-at-Law called to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in April 2013 having completed both her LLB and LPC. Sheriza also holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Spanish from the University of the West Indies as well as an International Masters in Business Administration from the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business. Her areas of legal practice are Corporate and Commercial Law, Civil Litigation, Employment Law, Family Law and Immigration Law. Sheriza has worked alongside the Women’s Institute for Alternative Development, a non-governmental organization where she provided legal advice to Venezuelan migrants for the Institute's migrant project. Sheriza has also worked as a Consultant for the Pan American Development Foundation, which funds migrant projects as well as the United Nation's International Organization for Migration on its Data Matrix programme.

Sheriza is currently engaged as the Senior Legal Officer at the Ministry of Sport and Community Development of Trinidad and Tobago. 

Supervisor: Dr Timothy Affonso



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