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Noor Hassanaliís legacy commemorated in UWI Law auditorium

For Release Upon Receipt - January 15, 2015

St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Trinidad and Tobago –  The Faculty of Law’s auditorium at the St. Augustine Campus will be renamed “The Noor Hassanali Auditorium,” after the second President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (1987-1997). The official naming ceremony takes place on Tuesday January 20, 2015 at 10am at the Faculty of Law.  

The decision to honour former President Hassanali’s storied contribution to not only The UWI, but also the history of Trinidad and Tobago was cemented in June 2012 during an Academic Board meeting.  

Mr. Hassanali was born in 1918 and died in 2006.  A graduate of the University of Toronto, (BA Hons, Law) he was called to the Bar (England) as a member of Gray’s Inn and admitted to practice law in Trinidad and Tobago.  He began his career in 1948 as a Barrister-at-Law in Trinidad and Tobago.  He was a former Senior Magistrate, Senior Crown Counsel, Assistant Solicitor General, Judge of the High Court, Justice of Appeal of the Supreme Court and Master of the Moots, Hugh Wooding Law School.  He was a recipient of the LLD (Honoris Causa) of both the UWI (1989) and University of Toronto (1990). 


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website: 

(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)