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CCJ, Law Assn’s tribute to late pM

Friday, April 11 2014

BOTH THE Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) and the Law Association yesterday joined with the nation in mourning the passing of the country’s third prime minister and third president Arthur NR Robinson. In a release, the CCJ which is head quartered in Port-of-Spain paid tribute to his distinguished career as a jurist and politician.

“His rise from modest beginnings in Castara, Tobago, to be Head of Government and then Head of State of Trinidad and Tobago speaks volumes on its own. As an international tribunal, the Court is especially appreciative of Mr Robinson’s groundbreaking, pioneering work with the International Criminal Court (ICC),” it said.

The CCJ said Robinson’s efforts in what must have seemed like a thankless task, culminated in the creation of an international court with wide jurisdiction, to deal with the most horrendous crimes against humanity. This is an accomplishment of great significance, of which Trinidad and Tobago and the entire Caribbean, can be justifiably proud.

The CCJ regrets Robinson’s passing, but at the same time considers and appreciates his

achievements, and places great esteem on the contribution he has made to the rule of law and

the administration of justice in the Caribbean and internationally.

For its part, the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago expressed deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of Robinson, who died on Wednesday at 6 am at the St Clair Medical Centre.

Robinson was called to the Bar of Inner Temple England in 1951 and was instrumental in the establishment of the ICC for which he was justly honoured. The Law Association in its release described Robinson as a distinguished son of the soil, having served as Prime Minister from 1986 to 1991 and thereafter as President from 1997 to 2003.

“He was the recipient of several National Awards during his lifetime. The Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago recognises his invaluable contributions to the development of our nation and the civilized world,” ended the release signed by Association president Seenath Jairam SC.

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