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Event Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021

The Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus is pleased to announce the forthcoming lecture in its Working Paper Series.

Titled, "The Judiciary and the 2020 Guyana elections,” the lecture will be delivered by Dr. Ronnie Yearwood, Lecturer in Law and Ms. Cynthia Barrow-Giles, Senior Lecturer in Political Science.

While a significant body of work exists on the judicialisation of politics, no study has yet to systematically interrogate the judicialisation of politics in the Commonwealth Caribbean and specifically the use of the courts by political actors for politics. The paper of this lecture examines the extent to which it can be argued that the March 2020 election in Guyana signals the increasing significance of the judiciary into elections.

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Cynthia Barrow-Giles is a senior lecturer in political science at the Cave Hill campus, UWI. She has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited 5 books and a number of journal articles and book chapters. Among her publications are: Introduction to Caribbean Politics, Living at the Borderlines: Issues in Caribbean Sovereignty and Development, General Elections and Voting in the English Speaking Caribbean: 1992-2005, Women in Caribbean Politics, and The National Integrity System and Governance in the Commonwealth Caribbean. She has participated in a number of Election Monitoring and Expert Groups in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. In March 2020 she was a member of the CARICOM High Level Team for the Recount of the Vote for the 2020 elections in Guyana. In May 2020 she served as Team Leader of the CARICOM Observer Mission for the recount of the March 2020 general and regional elections. She served as a member of the St. Lucia Constitution Reform Commission 2006-2011 and is also an advisor to the RSTAC, Barbados.


Dr. Yearwood holds degrees in political science, sociology, and law. He is a qualified lawyer in Barbados, England & Wales and the British Virgin Islands. He is a lecturer in law at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill.  Yearwood is a Chevening Scholar, National Development Scholar and Overseas Research Scholar. He attended the University of West Indies, University of California: Berkeley, University of Newcastle, University College of Law, and the Hugh Wooding Law School. He practiced at law Ashurst and K&L Gates in London, and offshore at Conyers Dill & Pearman in the British Virgin Islands. He has also worked in-house in the Treasury Legal team of the investment bank Goldman Sachs International (London). He also has experience in World Trade Organisation (WTO) law, holding a doctorate in international economic law, and having worked, published and lectured in the area.  His book “The Relationship between World Trade Organisation (WTO) Law and External Law: The Constrained Openness of WTO Law” (Routledge, Cambridge, UK), 2012 explores the relationship between legal systems. He has also published papers on various topics and his research includes governance, politics & law and international economic law. Dr. Yearwood writes a regular newspaper column, “Outside the Box” exploring various socio-economic issues in Barbados, Caribbean and the world for Barbados Today. He has also delivered several public lectures, exploring governance and socio-economic issues. The most recent, the Errol Barrow memorial lecture, titled, “Errol Barrow’s Legacy – A New Vision” attempted to set out a new vision for Barbados that promotes social justice and economic enfranchisement.


Please join us 5 pm AST, October 21st via Zoom at or Log in with Meeting ID:   965 4836 2144

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