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Vasciannie appointed principal of Norman Manley Law School

Erica Virtue

Tuesday, July 08, 2008    

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FORMER deputy Solicitor General and professor of International Law at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, Stephen Vasciannie, has been appointed principal of the Norman Manley Law School effective.

Vasciannie, Observer sources say, was one of four persons shortlisted for the position for which interviews were conducted by a regional panel, comprising Caricom's chief justices, attorneys general; principals of all law schools; the dean of the faculty of law, representatives of the regional bar association, and chaired by E Ann Henry, as senior lawyer in Antigua.

According to the source, Vasciannie learnt of his selection as principal of the law school which is named in honour of National Hero Norman Manley, only hours before he left for Europe on Friday to attend the Law Commission annual conference. He is expected to return on August 1 according to a spokesman at UWI.

The position of principal became vacant months ago when Keith Sobion died after failing to recover from a medical procedure.

Vasciannie becomes the fourth principal of the school since it was established in 1979. Aside from Sobion, the late Aubrey Fraser and William Roper also served as principal.

Vasciannie, who served as columnist for the Gleaner for years, has First Class Honours degrees from UWI and Oxford; a starred first class (higher than first class) from Cambridge, and was again first in his class as Balliol Law School at Oxford.

He also received his PhD from Oxford.

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