Former Attorney-General of Belize, Eamon Courtenay, S.C will deliver this year’s Sir Archibald Nedd Memorial Lecture on April 26th at the Grenada Trade Centre.
Courtenay, who is also a former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Belize, and a recently re-appointed lead opposition Senator in the National Assembly, will deliver on the topic, “Accessing the Appellate Jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice – The Belize Experience”.
A law graduate of the University of the West Indies and the Norman Manley Law School, Courtenay was called to the Belize Bar twenty eight (28) years ago. His practice areas include Administrative Law, Insurance, Securities, Taxation, Commercial Law and Banks and Banking Law.
He was an active Member of the Belize Negotiating Team on the Resolution of the Belize-Guatemala Territorial Dispute (1999- 2012).
According to a release from the Grenada Bar Association, the key note speaker “is well qualified to deliver this year’s lecture – quite apart from his academic qualifications and wide-ranging experience – having appeared at all levels of the Belize Court System, including the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC) and the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)”.
Up to 2010, the JCPC was the final court of appeal for Belize, in all civil and criminal matters.
In June 2010, Belize switched to the CCJ as its final Court of Appeal. Since then (2010) Courtenay has been appearing frequently before the CCJ.
Courtenay has also held several leadership positions including President of the Bar Association of Belize (2011-2015) and President of the Belize Red Cross.
He has also served as legal adviser to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
The Sir Archibald Nedd Memorial Lecture series form a central part of the public education activities of the Grenada Bar Association.
It has attracted noted personalities in the region including Prime Ministers Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and Dr. Kenny Anthony, former Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados (2005) Mia Mottley QC; well known constitutional experts Professor Simeon Mc Intosh (now deceased) and Dr Lloyd Barnett; and President of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Sir Dennis Byron.
Last year’s lecture was delivered by former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Arthur on the topic “Can the prescriptions of the IMF solve the problems of Caribbean Nations”.
Sir Archibald Nedd, Grenada’s 1934 Island Scholar, served as Chief Justice of the Grenada Supreme Court for seven (7) years, from 1979 to 1986.
During his career, Sir Archibald worked in several countries in many legal capacities, including Registrar in St Vincent & the Grenadines and Dominica; Magistrate in St Lucia and Nigeria; and Judge in Antigua and Grenada.
Topics for the lecture series usually focus on current areas of national interest.
The CCJ Bill (proposing a switch from the JCPC to the CCJ as Grenada’s final Court of Appeal) is one of the eight (8) Bills for approval in a national constitutional referendum later this year.
Belize is one of the four Caribbean countries – the others being Barbados, Dominica and Guyana – accessing the CCJ as its final Court of Appeal.