UG law dep’t’s op­er­a­tions for re­view -Vice Chan­cel­lor

Stabroek News Sunday - - BUSINESS PAGE -

While ex­press­ing his de­sire to make the Depart­ment of Law an in­de­pen­dent fac­ulty, Vice-Chan­cel­lor of the Univer­sity of Guyana (UG) Pro­fes­sor Ivelaw Grif­fith said last Thurs­day that a re­view of the unit’s op­er­a­tions will be done as part of planned in­sti­tu­tional strength­en­ing.

Grif­fith made the dis­clo­sure while giv­ing clos­ing re­marks at the Fourth Con­ver­sa­tion on Law and So­ci­ety, which was hosted by UG at Duke Lodge, in Ge­orge­town.

“Many col­leagues in the room are go­ing to be ap­proached over the next few months as we start an ex­er­cise at the Univer­sity of Guyana to re­view our Depart­ment of Law. We want to be able to strengthen what our Depart­ment of Law does,” he ex­plained.

Grif­fith stressed that his de­sire is to have an in­de­pen­dent Fac­ulty of Law. “We want to be able to look at what we do, how we do it, what are the re­sources needed to strengthen it, the schol­ar­ship, the Moot Court prepa­ra­tion, all the el­e­ments. So we have started the first part of the process …a self-study to un­der­stand who we are, where we are, what we have in the Depart­ment,” he said, while adding that the Im­proved Ac­cess to Jus­tice in the Caribbean (IM­PACT Jus­tice) project, which is funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada, has agreed to lead the re­view team.

It is un­clear whether this move is part of the univer­sity’s re­sponse to gov­ern­ment’s plan to es­tab­lish a law school. UG has al­ready al­lo­cated 10 acres of land to serve as the site for the pro­posed JOF Haynes Law School.

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