Am­bas­sador Soomer To De­liver Lec­ture

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Cur­rent Am­bas­sador to CARICOM and the OECS, Dr. June Soomer, will on Wed­nes­day, Feb. 11, de­liver a lec­ture ti­tled “The Magna Carta and the No­tion of Rights in Post Slav­ery/Post In­de­pen­dent Coun­tries.”

Dr. Soomer is also a for­mer His­tory lec­turer at the Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies.

The lec­ture is the UWI Open Cam­pus Saint Lu­cia’s con­tri­bu­tion to the Magna Carta Lec­ture Se­ries, a se­ries of UWIini­ti­ated lec­tures tak­ing place across the re­gion in cel­e­bra­tion of the 800th an­niver­sary of the sign­ing of the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta was one of the first doc­u­ments im­posed upon the King of Eng­land by a group of his sub­jects, the feu­dal barons, in an at­tempt to limit his pow­ers by law and pro­tect their rights.

The char­ter is widely known through­out the English speak­ing world as an im­por­tant part of the pro­tracted his­tor­i­cal process that led to the rule of con­sti­tu­tional law in Eng­land and be­yond.

It limited the power of au­thor­i­tar­ian rule, the “di­vine right of kings,” and it paved the way for trial by jury, mod­i­fied through the ages as the fran­chise was ex­tended.

The Uni­ver­sity of the West Indies (UWI) St. Au­gus­tine Cam­pus has been awarded a grant by the Magna Carta 800th An­niver­sary Com­mit­tee in the UK to sup­port the work of UWI in pro­mot­ing the un­der­stand­ing of Magna Carta in the Com­mon­wealth Caribbean.

Through the grant, a project ti­tled “The Im­pact and In­flu­ence of Magna Carta on the Com­mon­wealth Caribbean,” is be­ing led by Dr. Hamid Ghany, Se­nior Lec­turer in Po­lit­i­cal Science and Co­or­di­na­tor of the Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs and Par­lia­men­tary Stud­ies Unit (CAPSU) of UWI’s Fac­ulty of So­cial Sciences.

The lec­ture se­ries aims to deepen our un­der­stand­ing of the foun­da­tion of the legal and con­sti­tu­tional prin­ci­ples that form the essence of the English Com­mon Law that lies at the core of the democ­ra­cies of most Com­mon­wealth Caribbean coun­tries to­day.

The lec­ture takes place at 10 a.m., at the UWI Morne For­tune cam­pus, Saint Lu­cia. The public is in­vited to at­tend.

Am­bas­sador to CARICOM and the OECS,

Dr. June Soomer.

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