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Tribute to Dr. Nicholas Liverpool

For Release Upon Receipt - Thursday, June 4, 2015

In Recognition of the Passing of Dr. the Hon. Nicholas Liverpool – Former Dean of the Faculty of Law, UWI and President of Dominica


The University of the West-Indies, Cave Hill Campus, especially its Faculty of Law, mourns the passing of one of its founding fathers, Dr. the Hon Nicholas Liverpool.  Dr Liverpool served as a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law from 1974, and as its third Dean of Law, from 1976-1978.

Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Cave Hill, Professor Eudine Barriteau, remembers Dr Liverpool as “a dedicated, committed member of the UWI Cave Hill Community a thorough scholar and a pleasant, genial colleague with a ready smile. He was always willing to offer advice to younger colleagues.”

Current and former colleagues also recall Dr. Liverpool’s “congenial disposition, as someone who always had a smile on his face” and that he was an excellent colleague as well as an efficient and practical dean. He is remembered by his students as being an excellent teacher, one who was firm but fair.

Dr Liverpool’s contribution to West Indian legal development is profound. He was honoured at an exhibition at the Faculty of Law for the UWI's 60th Anniversary in recognition of his immeasurable contribution to the Faculty, The UWI and the Commonwealth Caribbean.  He was one of UWI’s early scholars in Law Reform, Trusts, Legal Systems and Real Property, and served on a large number of Law Reform Commissions throughout the region. He also served as a Judge of the High Court in Antigua and Montserrat from 1973-1974, as a Justice of Appeal in the Court of Appeal in Grenada from 1979-1991, in the Court of Appeal in Belize from 1990-1992 and 1996-2000, and in the Bahamas Court of Appeal from 1996-1997.  He published a number of influential law journal articles and other publications, as well as made numerous public lectures, on a wide range of topics.  While at Cave Hill Dr. Liverpool served as Project Director, UWI-USAID Caribbean Justice Improvement Project from 1986-1992 and Director of the Caribbean Law Institute from 1987-1992. 

He was honoured with LLD degrees from the University of the West Indies (2007), Sheffield University (2009), and the University of Hull (2011), as well as received the Dominica Award of Honour (2003), the highest award conferred by the State, and the Order of the Caribbean Community (2008).

Dr Liverpool served as Ambassador of the Commonwealth of Dominica to the United States of America from 1998-2001. He served as President of the Commonwealth of Dominica from 2003-2012.

To his beloved wife and five children, in particular, his daughters Bertha and Nicole who graduated from the Faculty of Law, UWI, and indeed, the many Dominicans and Caribbean citizens who will deeply grieve at the passing of this fine Caribbean son, we express our deepest condolences.

Rest in peace, Dr Liverpool, you will long be cherished.



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