Dr Lawrence Joseph

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Dr Lawrence Joseph
PhD (Constitutional Law), University of London (2012); LLM (Criminology and Criminal Justice), University of London (2007); BSc (Econ), University of the West Indies (1970); Barrister at Law, Lincoln's Inn (1977)
Position/Fellowship type:
ST Lee Visiting Professorial Fellow (2013/14)
Fellowship term:
04-Mar-2014 to 07-Apr-2014
Central Services of the School
Home institution:
Government of Grenada
Related institutes:
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies
Institute of Commonwealth Studies
c/o Joseph and Joseph Chambers Lucas Street ST GEORGE'S GRENADA WEST INDIES
001 473 435 8205
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
International Law, Law
North America
Summary of research interests and expertise:

As a qualified barrister with expertise in interdisciplinary fields that span law, political science and modern history, Dr Joseph is well respected in legal and political communities in the Caribbean. His government appointments include that of Speaker of Grenada’s House of Representatives as well as its attorney general. He is also Vice-President of the Grenada Bar Association and a prolific writer, engaging in what he describes as fruitful ‘conversations’ with the general public through weekly articles in the local media on a wide range of topics involving governance and institutional development.

Project summary relevant to Fellowship:

One topic concerns the mystique behind Kelsen's Theory of Revolutionary Legality. This theory was adopted hook, line and sinker by many Commonwealth Courts since the Dosso Case in Pakistan in 1958. It provided an easy way out for the judges in their dilemma to resolve issues arising out of extra-constitutional activities on the part of the state. I took the position in my recent dissertation (which position I still uphold) that Kelsen's theory was seriously misapplied. One possible topic that may deal with this issue may be called: "Bursting the Mystique Behind Kelsen's Theory of Revolutionary Legality".

Read our news story: Dr Lawrence Joseph talks ‘constitutionalism, revolutions and the question of legitimacy'

Professor Joseph's report on his fellowship at the School [PDF]

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
20-Mar-2014 Revolutionary Governments and the Question of Legitimacy

University of Cardiff Law School Law Building Museum Avenue CARDIFF CF10 3AX 13:00–14:00 (arrive 12:30) RSVP: SamuelAM@cardiff.ac.uk

10-Mar-2014 To what extent do Citizens have an Obligation to obey the State?

Canada Room Council Chamber Queen’s University Belfast 27-30 University Square BELFAST BT7 1NN 16:00–17:15 (arrive 15:30) RSVP: d.p.coyle@qub.ac.uk by 6 March

06-Mar-2014 Constitutionalism as a Democrat’s Dream: The Grenada Experience

Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Charles Clore House 17 Russell Square LONDON WC1B 5DR 18:00 - 19:15 (arrive: 17:30) RSVP: IALS.Events@sas.ac.uk

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