90 Min Video: “Race, Law & History” Presentation

January 20, 2016

The Bermuda Centre for Justice and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities [TORCH] Race and Resistance Network hosted an event for the members of the Bermuda Bar Association on January 11, with the keynote address given by the Chief Justice of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said, “‘Race, Law and History’ explored the intersection of these three lines of inquiry to provide a unique historical perspective on the Bermudian legal system.

“The speakers explored the historical overview of race-related legislation in Bermuda; 400 years of Bermuda Courts [1616-2016], the constitution of the courts and its evolving mission; race and the Human Rights Act 1981; the Enterprise case; and the intersection of race with the women’s suffrage movement.”

90 minute video of the ‘Race, Law and History’ presentation:

“The speakers included the Honourable Chief Justice of Bermuda, Dr. Ian Kawaley, with the key note address “400 Years of Courts in Bermuda [1616 - 2016]: Towards a Non-Racial Vision of Justice”; Ben Adamson on “The Brig Enterprise”; Walton Brown on “Post-emancipation legislation”; Venous Memari on “Legislation is essential but not always adequate”; and Kim Caines on “The intersection of woman’s suffrage and race.

“The event’s moderator was Chen Foley, Litigation associate with Sedgwick Chudleigh and chair of the Board of the Centre for Justice.

“This event was made possible by the efforts of Appleby Global, the Bermuda Bar Association, Conyers Dill & Pearman, the Hamilton Princess, Jackie Aubrey, Professor Elleke Boehmer, Helen Cooper, Chen Foley, Professor Justine McConnell, Professor Tessa Roynon, Milton Rapose, Annwen Stirling, Professor Stephen Tuck, Alexa and Arhat Virdi, and Professor Imaobong Umoren.”

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  1. Ahh, did anyone talk about Reparations and Retribution, if not this was just another verbal sedative for the Historical wrongs that have shaped our present legal, selective injustice in a stacked society.

    • SUFFERING says:

      I was directly affected by an incompetent doctor in Bermuda. I walk with a limp, almost a day goes by that I am not in pain. I was told by the surgeon in the US (1990) if this happened in the US I would receive $10 – $15 million dollars. Where is my money?

    • Human Race says:

      The majority of Bermudian population is of mixed race. Black, White, European, Asian. Actually, if I am correct, aren’t we all the Human Race. Skin colour, facial features, body structure depends on the location, climate where a nationality is originally from. As Negro’s moved to colder climates their hair straightened out their skin lost melanin thus becoming so called white. This happened over millions of years.

      • JUNK YARD DOG says:

        My Father told me. ” You are what you want to be” !

        I will tell you. Stop living in the past !

        • Tell that to the Black actors and actressess who didnt get nominated in the Oscars and the Blacks that get paid less then their fellow white co-workers.
          Tic Toc

  2. average Bermudian says:

    Talk about the debt that this country will leave for our future generations to pay ! Yet no one wants to discuss or acknowledge the ever-lasting inequities of segregation that remain here in bermuda today – and for generations to come.

    What are reasonable solutions to both of these issues ?

  3. JUNK YARD DOG says:

    My Father told me. ” You are what you want to be” !

    I will tell you. Stop living in the past !