U-RAP Team

akilurapArif Bulkan
Coordinator, U-RAP

Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, St. Augustine

Arif Bulkan is a Co-coordinator of U-RAP along with Tracy Robinson. He is a lecturer in the Faculty of Law University of the West Indies, St. Augustine where he currently teaches Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights Law, International Human Rights Law and Law and Legal Systems in the LLB programme. He taught Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights Law for several years at the University of Guyana, before joining the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill in September 2008. He became a part of the Faculty of Law UWI at its St. Augustine campus in Trinidad & Tobago in January 2012.

Arif Bulkan obtained his PhD in the land rights of indigenous peoples in Guyana from York University in 2008 and is one of the few experts on the emerging legal framework dealing with the rights of indigenous peoples in the Caribbean. He has published on democracy, the rule of law and constitutionalism in Guyana, the rights of indigenous persons, environmental law and Caribbean human rights law. He has also provided expert advice as a consultant on human rights, environmental law, indigenous law and HIV/AIDS and the law to regional and international non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, and has worked in law and policy reform in the areas of indigenous rights, natural resource extraction laws and health and human rights.


tracyurapTracy Robinson

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona

Tracy Robinson teaches undergraduate courses in Constitutional Law, Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights Law, Family Law and Gender and the Law at the Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona. Her academic writings focus on questions of gender, sexuality, constitutionalism and citizenship. She joined the Faculty of Law UWI, Cave Hill as a lecturer in 1996, where she taught for fifteen years. Between 1997 and 2005 she served as the editor of the Caribbean Law Bulletin, a UWI Faculty of Law publication that highlighted current legal developments in the Caribbean.  In August 2011 she became a part of the expanded Mona Law programme in Jamaica. 

She has been involved in evidence-informed legal and policy reform aimed at furthering gender equality and children’s rights in the Caribbean. This includes the OECS Family Law and Domestic Violence Judicial and Legislative Reform Project and the UN Women Child Support, Poverty and Family Responsibilities Project. She is also a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. She has also produced numerous expert reports on gender-based violence, sex work and the law, sexual harassment, sexual and reproductive rights, same-sex sexuality and the law, child rights and human rights law in general for intergovernmental organisations, Caribbean governments, civil society organisations and judicial training. 


westminWestmin James
Litigation Specialist

Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill

Westmin James is a Lecturer in Law at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus. He is responsible for the Jurisprudence, Constitutional Law and Commonwealth Caribbean Human Rights, and International Mooting. Mr. James also teaches Advanced Public International Law in the LL.M. program and Introduction to Public International Law at the Master’s in Trade Policy at UWI.

Mr. James is a graduate of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus having obtained a Bachelors of Law Degree with First Class Honours in 2003. While at the University Mr. James was a recipient of the Justice Nicholson Prize for the Law of Trust in 2003 and the Thorne de La Bastide Prize for Constitutional Law in 2001. He also sat of the Law Society as the Constitutional Chairperson and I was informed that he was very active in the Trinidad and Tobago Student’s Association.

He later obtained a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust scholarship to read for a Masters of Law Degree at the University of Cambridge in 2004 where he obtained his Masters of Law Degree specialising in International Commercial Litigation and International Trade Law in 2005. He thereafter obtained a Legal Education Certificate from the Hugh Wooding Law School having graduated on the Principal Honour Role and receiving the Prize for Civil Practice and Procedure I.

Mr. James was admitted to the Bar of Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago in October 2006. From October, 2006 to July 2011 he practiced as an Attorney-at-Law in private practice at Chancery Chambers in Port of Spain headed by Douglas Mendes SC. While as a practicing Attorney-at-Law he was engaged in Civil, Commercial, Industrial, Family Constitutional and Criminal litigation both as an Instructing Attorney and Advocate Attorney.

As an Attorney-at-Law in Trinidad he appeared before the Industrial Court, Magistrates’ Courts, Environmental Commission, High Courts and Court of Appeal in Trinidad and Tobago. He engaged in numerous public interest litigation cases including representing the Environmental Management Authority as Instructing Attorney in a Judicial Review challenge of the grant by the EMA of a Certificate of Environmental Clearance for the construction of the Aluminium Smelter Plant in Trinidad.

In September 2007 to January 2008 he was a Part Time Lecturer & Course Director for the Course Sentencing, Corrections and Penal Reform at the University of West Indies St. Augustine Campus and from February 2011 he was appointed a Part Time Lecturer and Course Director for Advanced Public International Law. He also tutored in the Bachelors of Laws programme at the St. Augustine Campus in Constitutional Law in that year.

From 2006 to 2010 Mr. James produced a weekly column in the Trinidad Guardian entitled “Law Made Simple” which was aimed at sensitising the public on various legal concepts and legal issues of national concern including their constitutional rights. 


janielleurapJaneille Matthews
Research Coordinator

Lecturer, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona

Janeille Matthews is a lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies, Mona, where she teaches Criminal Law. She is completing her PhD at the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 2005 and spent three years as an associate at Simpson, Thacher and Bartlett, a leading global law firm with over 800 lawyers. She was a legal intern, UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda based in Tanzania (2009).

She is engaged in ongoing research on the public and political framing of the Antigua and Barbuda crime problem. This research aims to better understand Antiguan and Barbudan criminal justice policy and practice by exploring its social and political construction, looking at statistical crime data from 1970-2009, and other data from focus groups, interviews and newspapers. She recently served as the consultant for Antigua and Barbuda on the first Caribbean Human Development Report published in 2012, subtitled, ‘Human Development and the Shift to Better Citizen Security’.


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