Posted: Sunday, October 1, 2023. 7:27 pm CST.
By Horace Palacio: The late Sir W.H. Courtenay of Belize and Jamaica’s former Premier, the late Norman Manley, are both posthumously recognized as distinguished lawyers set to receive the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Academy for Law’s Eminent Caribbean Jurist Award, as reported by the Jamaica Observer.
The announcement came from the Trinidad-based CCJ Academy, which highlighted 48 “exceptional Caribbean lawyers” due for recognition as ‘Legendary Caribbean Legal Practitioners’. This prestigious cohort embodies legal giants who have shaped various pivotal periods of law and regional development. This laudation forms the third edition of the Academy’s Eminent Caribbean Jurist series.
Incepted in 2019, the Eminent Caribbean Jurist Awards Series was crafted by the educational arm of the CCJ, the Academy. Its primary objective is to celebrate the monumental contributions of Caribbean jurists toward both legal paradigms and societal progression. The Academy, through its Regional Selection and Advisory Committee, has made these selections from an extensive pool of 115 nominations. These nominations, showcasing a rich tapestry of legal excellence, were submitted by bar associations, judiciaries, journalists, regional law institutions, professional associations, and previous Eminent Caribbean Jurists.
In addition to Sir Courtenay and Mr. Manley, the list shines a spotlight on prominent figures such as J.A.G Smith, Vivian O. Blake KC, David Coore KC, Justice Dennis Morrison KC, Justice Hilary Phillips KC, Frank Phipps KC, Ian Ramsay KC, Dr. Lloyd Barnett OJ, and Dr. Kenneth Rattray KC.
Other awardees include eminent personalities like Barbados’ former Prime Ministers Sir Grantley Adams and Sir Harold “Bree” St John, Trinidad and Tobago’s ex-Governor General Sir Ellis Clarke, the inaugural CCJ president Michael De La Bastide, and Sir Hugh Wooding, the eponymous figure of the University of the West Indies (UWI) law school in Trinidad. The list further extols luminaries like Sir Lionel Alfred Luckhoo, Sir Fenton Ramsahoye, Professor J.O.F. Haynes of Guyana, St Kitts-Nevis’ Sir Lee Moore, and St Lucia’s Sir Vincent Floissac.
This recognition not only underscores the outstanding contributions of these jurists but also serves as a testament to the enduring legacy they have left behind in the realms of law and societal advancement across the Caribbean.
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