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Westmin R. A. James

Partner [email protected]

Prior to joining Bynoe Martinez & Co. Westmin who was admitted to the Bar of Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago in October 2006, practiced as an Attorney-at-Law in private practice at Chancery Chambers in Port of Spain, Trinidad.

He has appeared and litigated cases before the Industrial Court, Magistrates’ Courts, Environmental Commission, High Courts and Court of Appeal in Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados’s Highest Court, the Caribbean Court of Justice.

Westmin has experience in Civil, Commercial, Environmental, Industrial, Family, Constitutional and Criminal litigation matters both as an Instructing Attorney and Advocate Attorney. In his Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice, he has previously represented major Trade Unions, commercial banks, and public authorities such as the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) where he acted as Instructing Attorney in a high profile Judicial Review challenge to the grant by the EMA of a Certificate of Environmental Clearance for the construction of the Aluminum Smelter Plant in Trinidad. He also represented the Claimant in a successful ground breaking constitutional litigation in Belize.

Westmin is also a Lecturer of Law at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus since 2011.

Recognition

  • The Phelps & Co. Prize for Civil Procedure & Practice I, 2004
  • Justice Nicholson Prize for the Law of Trust, 2003
  • Thorne de la Bastide Prize for Constitutional Law, 2001
  • Coached the 3rd Place Team at the 20th Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, May 2015
  • Coached the 1st Place Team, winner of Best Advocate at the 19th Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court
  • Competition, May 2014
  • Coached the Best Academic Institution at the 6th Annual CCJ International Moot Court Competition, Mar 2014
  • Coached the 1st Place Team at the 4th Annual Inter-American Sustainable Development Moot Court Competition, Mar 2014
  • Coached the 3rd Place team, 3rd Annual Inter-American Sustainable Development Moot Court Competition, Mar 2013
  • Coached the winning Team at the 4th Annual CCJ International Moot Court Competition & winner of Best Academic
  • Institution, March 2012
  • Lecturer of the Year, 2012-2013
  • Hamel-Smith Appellate Mooting Competition, 2006
  • Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship, 2005
  • Lex Caribbean Regional Client Interview Competition, 2004
  • Co-authored Best Memorial in English at the 8th Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, 2003
  • Semi-finalist at the 8th Annual Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court Competition, 2003
  • Patterson Cheltenham QC Scholarship, 2002

Insights

  • Author, “A Legal Gap Analysis of Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights”, OECS – UNFPA, 2012
  • Author, “Redressing Supremacy: Challenging Traditional Notions of Standing in the Commonwealth Caribbean”, 39 Comm. L. Bull. 305, 2013
  • Author, “In Search of Progress: The implication of Caleb Orozco v AG of Belize for the Commonwealth Caribbean”,
  • International Journal of Human Rights, 2018
  • Author, “Privacy in Commonwealth Caribbean Law: Emerging Trends in the Protection of Sexual Citizenship”, Comm L. Bull ,2018
  • Author, “Social and Economic Rights in the Caribbean”, Oxford Handbook of the Constitutions of the Caribbean, 2018

Activities and Affiliations

  • Barbados Bar Association (2017)
  • Bar Association of Belize (2013)
  • Trinidad and Tobago Law Association (2006)

Community Involvement and Pro Bono

  • Litigation Specialist, UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-Rap)
  • Part of the Litigation team, the Case of Caleb Orosco v AG of Belize
  • General Care and Conduct of the Litigation, the Supreme Court of Belize
  • Treasure, International Law Association Caribbean branch

Practice Areas

  • Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Education

  • University of the West Indies, 2013, Certificate in University Teaching and Learning
  • Hugh Wooding Law School, 2006, Legal Education Certificate
  • University of Cambridge, 2005, Masters of Law in Commercial Law & International Trade
  • University of West Indies, 2003, Bachelors of Law with First Class Honour

Admissions and Qualifications

  • Barbados, 2017
  • Belize, 2013
  • Trinidad and Tobago, 2006