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Jamaican jurist, author, and president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Judge Patrick Robinson, C.D., will be guest lecturer at the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) as part of Black History Month in February.
Jamaican Consul General, Sandra Griffiths, will be the patron of the event scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 14) at 4 p.m., at the Shepard Broad Law Centre on the University’s Davie Campus in Florida.
Earlier that day, at 2 p.m., Justice Robinson will do a book signing and presentation of his recent publication entitled “Jamaica Athletics – A Model for 2012 and the World”.
Following on an earlier edition, the 140-page publication elaborates on the success story of Jamaican athletics with particular emphasis on Jamaica’s triumph at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China. Judge Robinson continues to show that after the Beijing phenomenon, Jamaica’s sports programme could be developed and used as a model for the world.
Following the book signing, Judge Robinson will present a lecture on “The Interaction of Legal Systems in the Work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia”.
The event is free to the public and coordinated by NSU’s Law Centre departments namely the Caribbean Law Programmes and the Inter-American Centre for Human Rights, and the Latin American Caribbean Forum of Humanities and Social Sciences, along with Unique Creations by Liz, Incorporated.
Earlier this month, Judge Robinson did a launch of the book in Montego Bay, St. James, calling for the establishment of an athletic museum on the island to celebrate achievements in the field of sports throughout the nation’s history.
Judge Robinson was appointed President of the ICTY last November, and has also served as the presiding judge for the Trial Chamber 111 since 2004, overseeing the historic trial of the former President of Yugoslavia, Mr. Slobodan Milosevic, the first Head of State to be brought to trial for war crimes.
He has had a distinguished career in public service in Jamaica and internationally, particularly in the field of International Law, having served on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), the United Nations International Law Commission and on the Legal Committee of the UN General Assembly.
An alumnus of Jamaica College, Mr. Robinson was a team member of the school’s athletic and cricket teams, and describes himself as a lifelong sports enthusiast. He later graduated from the University of the West Indies, the London University, and Kings College of the University of London. He was awarded the Commander of the Order of Distinction, by the Government of Jamaica in 1986 for services in International Law. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary Doctors of Law by the University of the West Indies (UWI).