By BBN Staff: Yesterday, Denys Arthur Barrow was sworn in as Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and became the first Belizean to be sworn in to the CCJ bench.
The ceremony was held at the Belize Biltmore Plaza in Belize City. Barrow was sworn in by the Governor General of Belize, Sir. Colville Young.
Barrow has a 40-year legal career accompanied by several judicial appointments in judiciaries and membership on a world-renowned tribunal dealing with international labor and human rights law.
Barrow has a Bachelors of Law from the University of the West Indies and a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School. He was admitted to the practice of law in Belize in 1977 and embarked on a career in private practice. In 1990, Barrow was elevated to Senior Counsel and went on to start his own law firm ‘Barrow and Company’.
Barrow’s judicial career included service as High Court Judge in Saint Lucia, Grenada, Belize and the British Virgin Islands between 2001 and 2005. Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court from 2005 to 2008 and Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of Belize from 2010 to 2012.
Barrow has served in Geneva, Switzerland as a member and then rapporteur of the International Labor Organization’s Committee of Experts responsible for monitoring the application of international conventions on labor and human rights law. Members of the Committee are selected from across the world from among persons who have distinguished themselves as judges and professors of law.
Barrow has also been awarded the prestigious Custos Justitiae Award for excellence in the practice of law by the Belize Bar Association. In 2012, he was awarded the insignia for Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished service to Belize and the field of law
Barrow was selected from among applicants from the Caribbean, North America and Eastern Europe.
Judges appointed to the CCJ are evaluated on the basis of wide-ranging criteria that include; experience, high moral character, intellectual and analytical ability, sound judgment, integrity and an understanding of people and society.
The ceremony was attended by the Sir Dennis Byron, President of the CCJ; Justice Adrian Saunders, CCJ Judge; Justice Kenneth Benjamin, Chief Justice of Belize; Manuel Sosa, President of the Court of Appeal of Belize; and. Michael Peyrefitte, Attorney General of Belize.
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