The OECS Bar Association’s Regional Law Conference (previously called the “Law Fair”) is an annual event designed to bring together members from various bar associations throughout the Caribbean and beyond. It is intended to provide an opportunity for continuing legal education to members of the legal profession, judiciary, and the public. It enables attendees to hear from law professors, other lecturers, legal luminaries and members othe judiciary about legal development in the jurisdiction and beyond. It also provides an opportunity to network with members of the legal profession and to create strategic alliances.
A critical component of the Regional Law Conference is the Law Books Exhibition. The exhibitors’ booths display a wide array of new publications and books on legal issues which practitioners can purchase at significantly reduced prices.
The 1st Regional Law Fair (as it was then called), the brainchild of the late Past President Nicole Sylvester, was held in September 2004 and was hosted by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association. As a result of the success of that event, the OECS Bar Association undertook to lend its support by hosting all future Regional Law Conferences. Since then, 8 out of 9 constituent bars have hosted the Regional Law Conference, several of which have hosted twice. All were resounding successes.
This year, the Conference is on the island of Dominica (officially the Commonwealth of Dominica), which previously hosted in 2009 Known as “The Nature Island,” Dominica’s tropical rainforests cover two thirds of the island, and are home to 1,200 plant species. Rivers, lakes, streams, and waterfalls abound, fed by the island’s high annual rainfall. Its volcanic physique points to extensive geothermal activity – even underwater. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park was the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in the eastern Caribbean . All this will form the perfect backdrop for intellectual stimulation, the discussions and social events that all promise to make this another great Regional Law Conference!
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