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Honing Our New Constitution

Constitution guru Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell KCMG, QC returned to Cayman last week.

He was slated to meet with commissions charged with implementing provisions of the Islands' constitution, a modernized governing document that came into effect in June 2009.

Sir Jeffrey's itinerary included meetings with officials on all constitutionally created commissions and related bodies. During a media appearance with Constitutional Commission Member Julene Banks and Commissions Secretariat Manager Deborah Bodden, he discussed topics ranging from security and judicial implications to preparations for the first Bill of Rights, to be introduced in November 2012.

"In my view the Cayman Islands Constitution is one of the most interesting and advanced in the world," he said. "It gives more autonomy to this British Overseas Territory than to any other."

In recent years Sir Jeffrey has been on contract with the Cayman government to assist with constitutional negotiations. His latest visit was a prelude to Cayman's second annual Constitution Week celebration, themed Embracing our Constitution, to be launched on Constitution Day, Monday, 4 July.

A leader in his field, Sir Jeffrey has authored texts on constitutional and administrative law. He represents Blackstone Chambers, a United Kingdom-based law firm that deals with commercial, public and employment law, including human rights issues.

For more information, or to read the 2009 constitution and other relevant documents, visit the Commissions Secretariat in the Smith Road Centre; go online to knowyourconstitution.ky; or call 244-3685.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Lennon Christian