Webinar Speakers

PUBLIC WEBINAR: STAYING SAFE ONLINE

TONYA BASTIAN GALANIS

Principal, Eugene Dupuch Law School

Mrs. Galanis is an Attorney-at-Law and serves on several Committees of the Council of Legal Education. She serves on the Ethics Committee of The Bahamas Bar Association, the Law Faculty Board of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and the Law Faculty Advisory Board of the University of The Bahamas.

Mrs. Galanis is an active member of several civic and community organizations. She is the Registrar of the Anglican Diocese of The Bahamas and Turks and Caicos Islands and is a former Chairman of the Securities Commission of The Bahamas.

Mr. Wayne R. Munroe, Q.C.

Principal, Munroe & Associates

Wayne Roosevelt Munroe is the principal in the firm of Munroe & Associates. He is a noted civil litigator. He is known for his innovative approach to litigation. He is sought after for complex and groundbreaking cases. He has appeared in all court of The Bahamas, including the Judicial Committee of Her Majesty’s Privy Council which serves as the final appellate court for The Bahamas.

He has served The Bahamas in a judicial capacity having been appointed and acted as a Stipendiary and Circuit Magistrate from 1999 to 2001. He has also served as an Acting Justice of the Supreme Court of The Bahamas from October to December 2012.

Dr. Nicolette Bethel

Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Bethel

Dr. Bethel is currently Assistant Professor of Sociology at the College of the Bahamas, and serves as Head of the Department of Psychology, Sociology and Social Work.

She is a playwright, poet, fiction writer and anthropologist. She is a researcher in the fields of Bahamian national identity and of Junkanoo and is the editor of Junkanoo: Festival of The Bahamas (Macmillan Caribbean, 1991).

She is the founder of the Shakespeare in Paradise theatre festival and has served as Director of Culture for the Bahamas for five years.

Dr. Arif Bulkan

Senior Lecturer, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Dr. Arif Bulkan is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies at its St Augustine campus, Trinidad & Tobago, where he teaches constitutional Law, Caribbean and International human rights law, and criminal law. In 2018 Bulkan was elected to the United Nations Human Rights Committee for the 2019- 2022 term.

He is an author and the co-founder of the University of the West Indies Rights Advocacy Project, which aims to promote human rights, equality and social justice in the Caribbean through litigation and advocacy. In 2017 Bulkan was conferred with the Anthony N Sabga Award for Public and Civic Contributions; he has also been named a PANCAP/CARICOM Champion for Change.

Mr. Joseph Gaskins, Jr.

Communications and Policy Strategist

Joseph Gaskins Jr., is skilled in qualitative research, strategic communications and media, and government relations. He has worked for non-profits and political campaigns in Washington, DC where he started his career at the Human Rights Campaign.

After leading communications and special projects in the Office of the Attorney-General of The Bahamas, Joey consulted for other government agencies, multilateral organizations and private clients in the areas of public and government relations, communications and policy.

He is now a founding partner of Open Current.

About the Law and Society Webinar Series

The Law and Society Webinar Series is an initiative of the Eugene Dupuch Law School, in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers, and APEX, the Caribbean Agency for Justice Solutions, with the aim of sharing regional perspectives on topical issues concerning law and Caribbean society.

The series will deal with matters such as rebuilding our tourism economies, technology and Caribbean development, the importance and value of fundamental rights and freedoms in the context of protecting the dignity and autonomy of our peoples and fortifying and preserving the ideals and meanings of regional citizenship

Schedule of Events

Tourism: Sun, Sea and Masks:  Anticipating the Post COVID-19 recovery of the Tourism Sector

Curfews, Lockdowns and Human Rights:  The (Ongoing) Effect of COVID-19 Driven Orders on our Citizens

‘If Ya Born There, Ya Born There’: A Consideration of Rolle v. The Attorney General & Citizenship Entitlement

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