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J'can Tracy Robinson elected chair of IACHR

Friday, March 21, 2014    

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SENIOR lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Tracy Robinson has been elected chairman of the Inter American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), becoming the second Jamaican to chair that body after her father — internationally acclaimed judge Patrick Robinson.

The election took place yesterday at the IACHR's 150th Regular Session held in Washington, DC. She had been serving as a member of the commission, having been first elected in June 2011 for the standard four-year term which began on January 1, 2012.

The senior lecturer, the sister of junior Government minister Julian Robinson, graduated from the University of the West Indies (UWI) in 1991 with a first class honours degree in law. In 1992 she was the recipient of the Rhodes Scholarship, where she studied law at Oxford University. She also holds a master's of law degree from Yale University.

She currently lectures in gender and the law, constitutional law and Commonwealth Caribbean human rights, among other legal subjects, at UWI, Mona. She has been a consultant for international agencies such as the United Nations Fund for Women and UNICEF, and has advised Caribbean governments on topics related to legislation on gender and children rights, among others. She has been editor of the Caribbean Law Bulletin and has written and published reports on a range of topics, including gender, the rights of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons), sexual harassment, sexual rights, sex work and the law, and the rights of the child.

The IACHR is an autonomous organ of the OAS, whose primary function is promoting the observance and defence of human rights. The Commission has its headquarters in Washington, DC and represents all of the member States of the OAS. It has seven members who act independently, without representing any particular country. The members of the IACHR are elected by the General Assembly of the OAS.

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