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The Caribbean Region as a postcolonial space continues to wrestle with institutional legacies from colonialism which have shaped the forms of rule in nation-states that bear the sharp imprint of European rooted Westminster parliamentary systems. Thus despite the advances made in securing independence our political systems continue to reproduce a form of power in Caribbean social spaces that is still colonial. That is, a form of power that fetters the people and undermines their rights to self-determination and the forms of development that they value.
Framed by a context of global, regional and local crises, which deepen human insecurity and widen the gap between development aspirations and reality, there is an increased consciousness that a change is needed from ‘business as usual’ in all modes of governance. But how can we catapult ourselves from the old into the new? We invite you to join us in a critical dialogue on Caribbean State regimes and their role in constraining or enabling alternative futures.
The discussion will begin with Jamaica, which on January 10, 2022, established a Ministry of Legal and Constitutional Affairs (MLCA) to spearhead constitutional reform work in Jamaica with a Constitutional Reform Committee (CRC) created in April 2023 to guide the process. Our speakers with expertise in politics, law, and Caribbean development will discuss the importance of constitutional change to enhancing economic development.
This discussion series is an initiative by the SALISES, the Dept of Government and the Faculty of Law at Mona, at The University of the West Indies, acting partnership with the Institute of Law and Economics.