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UWI mourns Seetahal’s death

Tuesday, May 6 2014

THE University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine has expressed its “shock and horror” over the violent killing of one of its distinguished alumni, Dana Seetahal SC. “There is a deep sense of loss at the St Augustine campus and wider university community,” UWI said, “on the untimely passing of this outstanding legal mind, lecturer, tutor, UWI graduate and a citizen who has given much in service to the national community and to our regional institution.”

Seetahal once served as a lecturer at Hugh Wooding Law School, where she held the position of course director in Criminal Practice and Procedure.

Principal and Pro-Vice Chancellor of UWI St Augustine, Professor Clement Sankat, noted that Seetahal’s book Commonwealth Caribbean Criminal Practice and Procedure remains a standard text for our students.”

He also spoke of Seetahal’s active lifestyle, with her “almost daily presence” on the St Augustine campus “jogging and keeping fit,” serving as an inspiration the university will also miss. Meanwhile Dean of the Faculty of Law, St Augustine, Professor Rose-Marie Belle-Antoine, said she has been “inundated with messages from grieving former Law students of Ms Seetahal who regarded her as a beloved lecturer, role model and mentor.”

Bell-Antoine shared that staff at the Faculty of Law, St. Augustine were very much aware of how much Seetahal “has shaped the lives and careers of our students who went on to the Hugh Wooding Law School.”

“We are grateful that we were able to benefit directly in her too short, but productive life, from her wisdom, sense of community and integrity. She was a treasure to the UWI Law family and will be sorely missed,” the dean stated.

Seetahal was among the 25 Distinguished UWI Graduates who were honoured this past February at The UWI Alumni Association Trinidad and Tobago Chapter (UWIAATT) Distinguished Awards, in commemoration of the association’s 25th Anniversary.

In April 2013, she was one of the featured panellists in the Faculty of Law’s public lecture on a study of the adjudication in homicide cases involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) persons in the Caribbean.

The lecture was held in collaboration with The University of the West Indies Rights Advocacy Project (URAP). The campus Principal and Dean, on behalf of all faculty and staff, have extended their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Seetahal.

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