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Bahamas hosting law conference

The International Bar Association(IBA)is holding a day-long summit on February 25 at the British Colonial Hilton, where issues such as client/attorney privilege; the principles of conduct for the legal profession; immigration; and human rights will be discussed at a roundtable in the morning and a rule of law seminar will be conducted in the afternoon.

The event is supported by the Bahamas Bar Association, and will be attended by the newly-installed IBA leadership, which is convening to hold its first board meeting afterwards. Its President Akira Kawamura(Japan); Vice President Michael J. Reynolds(Belgium); Secretary General, David W. Rivkin(USA); Chair of the Bar Issues Commission James Klotz(Canada); and the Chairs of the IBA’s two divisions, Sylvia Khatcherian(USA)and Peter Maynard(Bahamas)will be in attendance.

Also engaged in the debates and contributing their expertise to the discussions will be presidents and representatives of regional and international bar associations, including the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States and the St Kitts and Nevis Bar Association, as well as law firms and individual practitioners.

During the seminar on the rule of law, A. Dion Hanna, director of the Legal Aid Clinic at the Eugene Dupuch Law School, will explore the’fault lines’of identity and immigration policies in the Caribbean in general and The Bahamas in particular. This discussion”will entail an examination of the confluence of race, class and gender and their dynamic integral role in the formation of national identity and the establishment of paradigms of immigration control, in an increasingly globalized environment.”

Dawn Marshall, an independent consultant and facilitator with over twenty years experience in the Caribbean, will speak on the topic’Haitian Immigration: Is an Effective Policy Possible?’, essentially examining the approach taken by The Bahamas on the issue of Haitian immigration, and the difficulties of widening that approach to a more comprehensive and humane policy.

The IBA is the world’s leading organization of legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies and has a membership of over 40,000 individual lawyers and 197 bar associations and law societies across all continents.

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