Principles of Caribbean Environmental Law

Principles of Caribbean Environmental Law
Winston Anderson
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The Caribbean faces environmental problems suffered throughout the world, but also a unique set of challenges. The petroleum and bauxite industries and tourist trade have traditionally gone largely unregulated in the region, threatening pristine coasts and scarce natural resources. Now, as the region seeks to improve management and regulation, a clear guide to Caribbean environmental law is desperately needed. Principles of Caribbean Environmental Law provides that resource.

The book explores international environmental law as it relates to the Caribbean, administrative law, and the common law of property and torts. It addresses issues from town planning to pollution regulation to waste management. And it examines marine and coastal governance: particularly critical to an economy built on beach tourism. This volume will be an indispensable resource for anyone concerned with the future of the Caribbean's natural landscape.

About the Author

Winston Charles Anderson, of Jamaican nationality and upbringing, took the degree of Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus) in 1983, and proceeded on a Commonwealth Scholarship to Cambridge University in England, where he graduated with a Doctorate in Philosophy in 1988 majoring in International Law and Environmental Law. Also, in 1988, he successfully completed a course of training at the Inns of Court School of Law in London and was called to the Bar of England and Wales, as Barrister, with membership at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn.

Dr. Anderson rejoined the Faculty of Law of the University of the West Indies in 1988 and was awarded indefinite tenure in 1994. From 1994-1995, he was Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield, England, and, in 1996, Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Australia. He was appointed the General Counsel of the Caribbean Community Secretariat while on leave from the University of the West Indies 2003-2006, and in 2006, he was appointed Professor of Law in the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies. From 2007-2010 he served as Executive Director of the Caribbean Law Institute Centre.

On June 15, 2010, Professor Anderson was elevated to the Bench of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) at King’s House, Kingston, Jamaica. He was sworn in by His Excellency the Governor General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen, in the presence of Prime Minister, The Honourable Bruce Golding; Leader of the Opposition, The Most Honourable Portia Simpson-Miller, among other dignitaries and guests. The Hon. Mr. Justice Anderson has the distinction of being the first Jamaican so appointed to the CCJ.

Mr. Justice Anderson was called to the bar in Barbados (1989) and Jamaica (2006). His major academic publications include: The Law of Caribbean Marine Pollution (Kluwer Law International, The Netherlands 1997); Elements of Private International Law (Caribbean Law Publishers 2003); and Private International Family Law (Caribbean Law Publishers 2005). He is currently awaiting publication of three books: The Law of the Sea, Caribbean Community Integration Law, and Public International Law in the Caribbean.

Judge Anderson is married to Dr. Sandra Anderson and they have three children: Anessa, Aleisha, and Anquan.