Alumnus of the University of Liverpool, Judge Wendy Beetlestone, who serves as a US District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, provided an extremely interesting and entertaining lecture to staff and students of the Truman Bodden Law School on Friday, February 8th 2019. Mitchell Davies, Director of Truman Bodden Law School which is affiliated to the University of Liverpool, said of the event:
“Judge Beetlestone’s lecture opened by providing her audience with a brief overview of the history of the American political and legal systems, moving on to address the historical shifts in the balance of power between the various branches of government and the rise in power of the Judiciary. This provided a necessary backdrop and insight into the present day question, currently before the US courts, of the legality of Presidential Regulations and Executive Orders in relation to President Trump’s ban on travel into the United States on people from various countries – including Muslim countries – and how they were handled by the judiciary. The audience clearly greatly enjoyed Judge Beetlestone’s topical presentation, as evidenced by the large number of questions that she fielded from the audience at the end of her lecture.”
Marc Johnson joins the Truman Bodden Law School, having previously taught at the University of Bristol. Marc lectures in Tort, Land, and Jurisprudence on the undergraduate programmes and in Dispute Resolution on the Masters programme. Marc has a Law degree, Master of Laws, a Professional Certificate in effective Practice in Youth Justice, is currently writing for a PhD, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Before returning to academia, Marc oversaw a human resources and governance department, and litigated for public bodies. Alongside these roles, Marc also led a child protection and safeguarding department for a large youth organisation in the UK. Marc’s recent publication considers, amongst other things, the constitutional relationship between Bermuda and the United Kingdom, and Marc has also written opinion pieces on the Sovereignty of Parliament, and presented at conferences on the topic of corporate killing and international law.
Kerry Lewis, a qualified solicitor and experienced higher education professional, joins the TBLS team as a Lecturer, having spent over a decade as a legal academic at Aberystwyth University in Wales. As well as an excellent track record in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, she also brings her prior experience of legal professional practice to deliver a range of subjects across our LLB and PPC programmes here in Cayman. A keen diver and underwater photographer, Kerry’s legal research interests focus on the challenges of delivering effective marine conservation, and in her spare time she plans to make the most of the fantastic opportunities for diving in our waters.
Andrew Perkins joins the Law School as one of our new Senior Lecturers in Law. Andrew joins us from the UK having been the Assistant Progamme Leader for the Bar Professional Training Course for aspiring Barristers at BPP University in London. Andrew studied at the University of Wales at Swansea and Cardiff and practiced in the UK in the fields of Company and Banking Litigation before moving in to academia. Andrew will teach Civil Litigation and Evidence, Legal Skills and Cayman Statute Law on the PPC. Banking and Insolvency Law on our LLM Course and Intellectual Property to our Undergraduates.
Dr. Derek O’Brien joins the Law School as a Senior Lecturer in Law from Oxford Brookes University where he was a Reader in Public Law. This is Derek’s second term of appointment at the Law School, having previously taught here between 1998-2001. It was during this period that Derek developed an interest in Caribbean constitutional law and the law of small jurisdictions. He has since published numerous articles and given numerous conference presentations on these topics. In 2015 he published a monograph on the Constitutional Law Systems of the Caribbean (Hart Publishing) and is the co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Caribbean Constitutions (Oxford University Press). In addition to his teaching responsibilities at the Law School, Derek is looking forward to developing his research and is currently working on a paper on the Caribbean approach to constitutional interpretation.