Panel Discussion: Translating Research into Law and Policy

Event Date(s): 16/10/2023

Location: Daaga Auditorium

Members of the campus community and the general public are invited to attend a Public Lecture & Panel Discussion on the topic Translating Research into Law and Policy on Monday, October 16 from 5p.m. at the Daaga Auditorium.

At this session, panelists will offer concrete examples of what scholars need to do to connect themselves to lawmakers and to national and international public policy bodies. The thrust would be to draw on significant experience translating academic research into the policy realm for a greater understanding of the promise of scholarship to guide and influence sound policy, but also the pitfalls for academics and others.  The  focus on will be on crafting strategies for turning academic endeavors into constructive guidance (laws and regulations) for society at large. The discussion will close with a Question & Answer segment.

The event’s panelists will include:

Lead presenter, Professor Robin Fretwell Wilson of University of Ilinois College of Law. She is ranked among the Top Ten Scholars in the US for scholarly impact and has written several books. She is the author architect of several laws to protect children, the autonomy of patients and protecting human rights. 

Mrs Lynette Seebaran-Suite, President of the Law Association, of Trinidad and Tobago, who was honoured  with an Honorary Doctorate from The UWI for her work as a women's rights advocate. 

Independent Senator Hazel Thompson-Ahye, Attorney-at–Law and Child Rights Advocate, who received an award from the Council of Legal Education for outstanding service to the Council and a National Award Humming Bird Medal Gold for loyal and devoted service to Trinidad and Tobago in the spheres of Public Service and Youth Development and an Exceptional Service Award from the International Society of Family Law. 

Mrs Jacqui Sampson-Meiguel, Attorney-at-Law, who recently retired as Clerk of the House of Representatives and Administrative Head of the Parliament of Trinidad and Tobago, a position she had held for the past 28 years. She is an expert on the laws practices and procedures of our Parliament and has conducted many workshops and seminars, locally, regionally and internationally on parliamentary procedure and was the Secretary of the Commonwealth body representing the Parliaments of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Regions.


Open to: | General Public |