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The UWI mourns Nicholas Liverpool: visionary, pioneer, builder of people and institutions

For Release Upon Receipt - June 3, 2015

St. Augustine

The University of the West Indies, Vice-Chancellery: The collective Faculty of Law, The University of the West-Indies (The UWI), mourns the passing of one of its stalwarts, Dr. the Hon Nicholas Liverpool, a founding Dean of the Faculty of Law, then at Cave Hill, former President of the Commonwealth of Dominica and judge on the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.  

Dr. Liverpool was honoured at an exhibition at the Faculty of Law for The UWI's 60th Anniversary in recognition of his immeasurable contribution to the Faculty, The UWI and the Commonwealth Caribbean. Two of his daughters are also graduates of The UWI’s Faculty of Law. 

In a tribute by Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, University Dean of Law, she notes that ‘he was a true visionary – a pioneer and builder, of both people and of institutions’. One of The UWI’s early scholars in Law Reform, Legal Systems and Real Property, it was perhaps in public and institutional service that Dr. Liverpool made his greatest contributions. It was Dr. Liverpool who started the Caribbean Law Institute Clinic, the USAID project at The UWI, facilitated the Faculty’s entry into international mooting and so much more.  

According to Professor Antoine, Dr. ‘Nick’ Liverpool’s quiet, but firm hand was often the real mover and shaker behind the scenes, giving life to the development aspirations of generations of students, staff and other Caribbean peoples through the numerous projects, institutions and activities with which he was involved. A soft spoken, understated, down to earth, but strong, influential leader with a dry sense of humour, he was very much loved and revered.

Professor Antoine also noted that ‘Dr. Liverpool was my own Dean and one of my mentors, so although speaking today as University Dean on behalf of colleague Law Deans, the sense of loss is immense. He lived a good life and left a wonderful legacy. He will be remembered’.  

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Hilary Beckles described his former colleague as an old friend and trusted confidante who was deeply admired and respected. “Not only was he a solid University man, and a stalwart of the legal profession, he was a man who demonstrated persistent care for the affairs of the people of Dominica and the wider Caribbean. He did his very best on many fronts to represent and secure their interests and well-being. He will be missed. As we celebrate his life and its many contributions we offer solace to his family who shared him generously with us within the region and beyond.”


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 fully-fledged, regional University with over 50,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with three physical campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and an Open Campus. The UWI serves 17 English-speaking countries and territories in the Caribbean: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, The British Virgin Islands, The Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, and Turks and Caicos. The UWI’s faculty and students come from more than 40 countries and The University has collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology and Social Sciences. The 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.