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The Attorney General’s Chambers today announced that Stacian Bennett and Marcel Bent, lawyers in the Chambers, have both received Professional Development Scholarships from the Organization of American States (the OAS). The scholarships will enable Ms. Bennett and Ms. Bent to pursue studies at the “XXXIV Course on International Law: Legal Aspects of Regional Development”, sponsored by the OAS, and to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 30 to August 24, 2007.
Ms. Bennett and Ms. Bent are Crown Counsel in the Attorney General’s Chambers. Ms. Bennett, who attended Immaculate Conception High School, holds an LL.B degree from the University of the West Indies and the Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School. She was called to the Jamaican Bar in 2000, and since joining the Chambers in 2001, has worked in the Litigation, General Legal Advice and International Divisions. Ms. Bennett is the Chairperson of the Protection Sub-Committee of the Government’s Committee on Human Trafficking.
Ms. Bent attended Rusea’s High School, where she received the Seymour Panton Trophy for Academic Excellence. She holds degrees in History and Law from the University of the West Indies, the Certificate in Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School, and a Masters degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Utrecht, the Netherlands, which she took in 2006. Ms. Bent was called to the Jamaican Bar in 2000; since joining the Attorney General’s Chambers in 2006, she has worked primarily on International Law and Human Rights matters.
In congratulating Ms. Bennett and Ms. Bent on their selection by the Organization of American States, the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, A.J. Nicholson Q.C., noted that Jamaica has always sought to contribute to the work of this organization. “These scholarship awards, of which we are all very pleased, provide another example of the respect for Jamaican legal scholarship that exists in the wider region. I am confident that Stacian and Marcel will help to disseminate Jamaican perspectives on international legal and human rights issues, even as they learn from the views of others.”
The OAS has awarded 26 scholarships for its Rio de Janeiro course on International Law, with all but 3 awards going to nationals of Latin American countries.

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