Blog of the International Journal of Constitutional Law

Tag: Judicial Committee of the Privy Council

  • Same Sex Marriage in the Cayman Islands

    —Derek O’Brien, Senior Lecturer, Truman Bodden Law School, and Rhian Minty, Assistant Director, Truman Bodden Law School In its recent judgment in Day and Bush v The Governor of the Cayman Islands  (Day and Bush), the Grand Court of the Cayman Islands has declared that the Marriage (Amendment) Law 2008 (Marriage Law), which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, violates multiple provisions of the Bill of Rights Chapter of the Cayman Islands Constitution by denying same sex couples the right to marry.

  • An Update on the Death Penalty in Trinidad & Tobago

    —John Knechtle, The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad The sentence of death has been the mandatory penalty for murder in Trinidad and Tobago since independence in 1962 and with the country consistently ranking in the top ten percent for homicides per capita around the world, public support for the death penalty remains strong.

  • Mercy and Judicial Review in the Commonwealth

    —Adam Perry, Lecturer in Law, Queen Mary University of London Judges in Commonwealth jurisdictions are increasingly willing to review the executive’s decisions to grant or refuse mercy (ie, decisions to grant or refuse a request for a pardon or remission of a sentence for a criminal offence).

  • Constitutional Reform in Grenada

    —Richard Albert, Boston College Law School The Constitution of Grenada, still today a statute of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, may soon become a truly Grenadian Constitution. Grenada is in the process of reforming its constitution to give its people a constitution of their own making.