The main objective of the Faculty of Law UWI Rights Advocacy Project (U-RAP) is to promote human rights, equality and social justice in the Caribbean by undertaking and participating in human rights litigation in collaboration with human rights lawyers and civil society organizations. U-RAP is currently engaged in constitutional litigation in the English speaking Caribbean, challenging laws that undermine the human dignity and human rights of sexual minorities.
U-RAP also undertakes and supports legal and social science research that furthers knowledge about human rights and the protection of human rights in the Caribbean. The Project incorporates the work of student volunteers and assistants in all its activities.
In 2009, U-RAP was established as a project of the Faculty of Law UWI and it included the participation of public law teachers on the three campuses of the Faculty of Law UWI. Prior to 2012 there was one Faculty of Law at the University of the West Indies, which had a presence on all three campuses. In 2012, law teaching at UWI expanded and three Faculties of Law were established at Cave Hill, Mona and St. Augustine. U-RAP’s members teach public law in the three Faculties and the administrative headquarters for U-RAP is located at Mona.