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Mr. Stephen C. Vasciannie

Mr. Stephen C. Vasciannie
Member
International Law Commission

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Human Rights
Regional Perspectives
Human Rights Law in the Caribbean
Commonwealth Caribbean States suggest that they are in the mainstream of international human rights law. Yet, from time to time, they encounter a fair degree of criticism concerning the extent to which they demonstrate respect for human rights in practice. This lecture considers the main issues concerning human rights protection that have arisen in the subregion, and sets out some of the applicable rules of law.

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Human Rights
Regional Perspectives
Human Rights Law in the Caribbean
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A. Legal Instruments
Universal Declaration on Human Rights, Paris, 10 December 1948.

Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, Rome, 4 November 1950, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 213, p. 221.

International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, New York, 7 March 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol.  660, p. 195.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 993, p. 3.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, New York, 16 December 1966, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 999, p. 171.

American Convention on Human Rights, San José, 22 November 1969, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1144, p. 144.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, New York, 18 December 1979, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1249, p. 13.

Convention on the Rights of the Child, New York, 20 November 1989, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1577, p. 3.
B. Jurisprudence
International

International Court of Justice, North Sea Continental Shelf, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 1969, p. 3.

International Court of Justice, Military and Paramilitary Activities in and against Nicaragua (Nicaragua v. United States of America), Merits, Judgment, I.C.J. Reports 1986, p. 14.

Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Dudley Stokes v. Jamaica, Case 28/04, Report No. 65/04, 14 October 2004.

Inter-American Court of Human Rights, Attorney General v. Joseph, [2006] CCJ 1.

National

England Court for Crown Cases Reserved, R v. Keyn, (1876) 2 Ex. D. 63.

United Kingdom House of Lords, Chung Chi Cheung v. R, [1939] AC 160.

United States Supreme Court, New York Times Co. v. Sullivan, 376 U.S. 254 (1964).

United Kingdom House of Lords, Trendtex Trading Corp v. Central Bank of Nigeria, [1977] QB 529.

United Kingdom House of Lords, J.H. Rayner (Mincing Lane) Ltd v. The Department of Trade and Industry, [1990] 2 AC 418.

United Kingdom Privy Council, Pratt and Morgan v. The Attorney General of Jamaica, [1993] UKPC 1.

United Kingdom Privy Council, Neville Lewis v. The Attorney General of Jamaica, [2002] UKPC 35.

United Kingdom Privy Council, Reyes v. R, [2002] UKPC 11.

United Kingdom Privy Council, R v. Hughes, [2002] UKPC 12.

United Kingdom Privy Council, Fox v. R, [2002] UKPC 13.

United Kingdom Privy Council, Boyce and Joseph v. R, [2004] UKPC 32.

United Kingdom Privy Council, Matthew v. The State, [2004] UKPC 33.

United Kingdom House of Lords, Lambert Wilson v. R, [20051 A.C. 472.

United Kingdom Privy Council, Daniel Dick Trimmingham v. R, [2009] UKPC 25.
C. Documents
United Nations Human Rights Committee, Errol Pryce v. Jamaica, Communication No. 793/1998, Eightieth Session, 15 March – 2 April 2004 (U.N. Doc. CCPR/C/80/D/793/1998 (2004)).
D. Doctrine
S. Vasciannie, “The Decision of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in the Lambert Watson Case from Jamaica on the Mandatory Death Penalty and the Question of Fragmentation”, New York University Journal of International Law and Politics, vol. 41, no. 4, 2009, p. 837.