Dominicans in the News

Dr. Edward Lestrade was born in Roseau, Dominica and left the island to join his uncle in England, GON Emanuel, then a barrister at the UK’s Director of Public Prosecutions, at the age of 16.

He served in the Royal Air Force as an airman and then HM Customs and Excise (now HM Revenue & Customs) as a regulatory and law enforcement professional serving as an Executive Officer in Waterguard, Excise and Exports.

Later on, Edward gained a law bachelors at Northumbria University which has one of the largest law schools in the North of England, an MA in psychology at Lancaster University and then an earned doctorate (SJD) on comparative English and Slovak law from NWCU.  The university is a US Bar School under the leadership of Dean Michael Clancey, former United States Marine Corps Judge Advocate, Member of the Bar – State of California and Barrister of the Middle Temple (UK). The  SJD is no longer offered by NWCU.

In England his career continued into business, law teaching (as an adjunct professor at Webster University’s Graduate Studies Centre in London teaching international business law) and psychotherapy and won recognition in his relevent fields by the award of fellowships from the Royal Society of Arts, Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health.

In 2001,  he expanded his career to include Europe, especially the newly-emerging post-Soviet states and gained authorisation to practice law in the Baltics. He was appointed a professor of international business law at Riga Technical University’s Business School in Latvia and is well-known in the region as a distinguished law writer/ author and journalist.

He has been a consulting lawyer for the government of New Zealand and a consulting lawyer to firms such as Deloitte and Linklaters.  His articles on public health and law are listed as references in authorities such as the Library of the European Court of Justice, the Romanian Parliament and the Official Journal of the State of Latvia. In 2006, Edward was invested as Knight of the Order of St. John (British Association of the Russian Grand Priory).

Edward is also a journalist and contributing editor for a number of Thomson Reuters’ business and law publications such as: Guide to European Company Laws (3rd Edition);  European Current Law Digest;  ‘Doing Business in Europe; Energy Law & Regulation in the European Union and is a former UK Police Chief’s Recognised Newsgather/ Journalist. He manages an international law firm and project funding business, LLAGROUPEUROPE and is currently President of the Online International Arbitration Court in Europe (OIAC) which is a division of the company.

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Baroness Scotland is a Dominican of achievement currently serving as a senior British politician.  Baroness Scotland was Chair of HMG specializes in family and public law and has represented parties in major cases concerning child abuse, mental health and social housing. Read more about her at: 100 Black Britons .

Justice Irving Andre is a black Canadian judge with a doctorate in law, a gold medalist in English and a receiver of the African Canadian Achievement Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award. What is special about Justice Andre is that he is from the Caribbean having been born in Curacao and raised in Dominica.

Dominica is a small Caribbean island, about the size of Singapore. It has a population of around 75,000. Andre was the 4th child of seven and grew up in an environment where he soon realised that education for him was the only key to achieving his dreams. The young Andre was industrious at school and after getting a US aid scholarship, he graduated with a degree in geography at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. He then went on to the USA on a scholarship to further his studies at doctoral level. However, he did not complete this degree, but instead after two years moved to Canada with his girlfriend, another Dominican, whom he had met at the university and who is now his wife.

His move to Canada was tough. Settling in, supporting a growing family he had to deliver newspapers and pamphlets over weekends to make ends meet whilst working as an office clerk A year later, he began law studies. “..law offered the promise of being able to work independently of others and being able to make a difference.” he comments. Having qualified as a lawyer, he practised criminal law for almost ten years and was admitted to the bench in 2002 upon a distinguished record at the criminal bar.

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