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Attorney General of Jamaica


Derrick McKoy, CD, MCIArb, FAiADR,LLB, LLM, PhD, MBA, DBA.

Derrick is an Attorney-at-Law in Kingston, Jamaica. He is a former Contractor General of Jamaica and a former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. He has served as a Commissioned Officer in the Jamaica Defence Force—Coast Guard (National Reserve). He is a Member to the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and a Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Derrick holds a doctorate in law from the University of Leicester, a doctorate in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University, the LLM in International and Comparative Law from University College London, the MBA from Barry University, and the LLB from the University of the West Indies.  He is also a graduate of the Norman Manley Law School.  He was a Commonwealth Scholar, and a participant in the US International Visitors Program on “The role of Ethics in Business and Government.”  He has been nominated to Sigma Beta Delta International Honour Society.

He has participated in Penn State Management Development Courses, U.S. Coast Guard International Maritime Law Enforcement Training, and the Commonwealth Association of Corporate Governance’s course for directors.

Derrick served on several public and private boards. He chaired the Office of Utilities Regulation, the Fair Trading Commission, the Jamaica Antidumping and Subsidies Commissioner, the Duke of Edinburg Awards Scheme in Jamaica, and the Advisory Board of the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority.  He is a former member of the Integrity Commission of Jamaica. He sat on the boards of the Jamaica Stock Exchange, M/VL Stockbrokers Ltd, the Jamaica Youth Business Trust, and the Munro College Board of Governors as a Trust appointed member. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the UWI radio station, NewsTalk93fm. He was a founding member of the Jamaica Chapter of Transparency International, and from 2006 to 2015 he was a member of the All-Island Electricity Appeals Tribunal, Jamaica.

Derrick has lectured in the Faculty of Law on the LL.B. and LL.M. Programmes, and as an adjunct in the Mona School of Business, the Institute of International Relations, the Norman Manley Law School, Barry University’s Andreas School of Business, and Nova Southeastern University’s Huizenga School of Business. He has supervised candidates for the PhD and DBA in the Faculty of Social Sciences, UWI. Derrick has published in the areas of competition law, constitutional law, corruption, labour law, public management, governance, and the law of computers.

In 2016, Derrick was awarded the Order of Distinction, in the rank of Command (CD), for Outstanding Contribution to the Legal Profession and for Public Service in Jamaica.

On 11 January 2022, Derrick was appointed as the Attorney General of Jamaica.

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