GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Tuesday December 11, 2018 – Minister of Legal Affairs Basil Williams says government will continue pressing the Council for Legal Education (CLE) and other agencies to support the establishment of the Joseph Haynes Law School in Guyana.
Addressing the National Assembly, he cited the continued hardships faced by Guyanese students in Trinidad and Tobago at the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS). Support for the establishment of the Joseph Haynes Law School, he said, would remove the discriminatory admittance of only 25 Guyanese law students annually to the HWLS.
“They are allotting to us, Guyana, a founding member of CARICOM, a signatory to the CLE—it was signed here by no other persons than Sir Shridath Ramphal—, and they are reducing us to 25 students while they are churning out students there,” Williams said. “This nation must call for this law school to be built.”
Guyana has been seeking support for the establishment the law school for some time now. However, Williams said the call was subjected to another shifting of the CLE’s position to deny the country its rights to establish a law school.
Speaking on the sidelines of the recent CLE meetings held in Guyana in September this year, Chairman of the CLE, Reginald Armour, SC., said a feasibility study did not meet the requirements of quality assurance and curriculum as specified in the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas.
The Government of Guyana and the CLE had however agreed that Guyana will relook the feasibility study and business plan for the establishment of the school.
On January 11, 2017, the Attorney General signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the University of the Caribbean (UCC) and Law College of the Americas (LCA) for the establishment of the Joseph Haynes Law School in Guyana.