On November 7, 2017, the Canadian Government-funded project Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) was co-sponsor of a lecture entitled “The Life and Jurisprudence of J.O.F Haynes” held at the Herdmanston Lodge, Georgetown, Guyana.
The lecture was the latest in the University of Guyana’s Vice-Chancellor’s Renaissance Lecture Series, and provided attendees with a glimpse into the life and work of distinguished Guyanese jurist, the late Professor Joseph Oscar Fitzclarence Haynes, S.C.
Professor Haynes, who died in 1988, was a former Chancellor of the Judiciary of Guyana, a Professor of Law at the University of Guyana and was widely respected as one of the Caribbean’s most eminent legal luminaries.
The lecture was delivered by the Hon. Mr. Justice Courtney Abel, a Guyanese national who has been a judge of the Supreme Court of Belize since 2012. Justice Abel, who is currently authoring a book about Professor Haynes, provided attendees with details not just about Professor Haynes’ life but his rich legal legacy.
IMPACT Justice is pleased to have been one of the sponsors of the University of Guyana’s Renaissance Lecture Series. Other topics on which lectures have been or are to be held include food security, suicide, youth violence and professional psychology, the role of China in the 21st century, an emerging oil and gas economy and climate change. The lecture on J.O.F Haynes falls under IMPACT Justice’s Legal Profession and Education and Public Legal Education components.