Whose Constitution? Law, Justice and History in the Caribbean

Sixth Distinguished Jurist Lecture 2016 by Professor Richard Drayton PhD FRHistS

The sixth edition of the Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago's Distinguished Jurist Lecture Series was delivered by Professor Richard Drayton PhD FRHistS on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 at the Convocation Hall, Hall of Justice, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. Professor Drayton’s topic, “Whose Constitution? Law, Justice and History in the Caribbean” explores the historical relationship between the Trinidadian citizens and the Independence Constitutions, and further, examines the prevalent lack of possession surrounding these Constitutions. In doing so, he encourages his audience to observe the connections, and interdependency, of past and present, to analyse the structures of government, and to observe the Constitution as political order. The widespread interest with which Professor Drayton’s lecture was received from various sectors of society can be witnessed both by the CNC3 Morning Brew interview and the Trinidad Guardian newspaper editorials published within.

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