Professor David McQuoid-Mason of the UKZN Centre for Socio-Legal Studies helped to launch Street Law Caribbean at the Mona Law Institutes Unit of University of the West Indies in Kingston Jamaica at a Public Lecture that he gave to legal practitioners and academics titled “Medical Law, Ethics and Public Legal Education – A Symbiotic Relationship”.
After the launch McQuoid-Mason ran a two-day Training of Trainers Street Law Workshop for Law teachers, NGO instructors and police officers. It is hoped will become the first cohort of Street Law trainers in the Caribbean. Street Law South Africa has entered into an exchange and capacity-building agreement with Street Law Caribbean which will be co-ordinated by Dr Christopher Malcolm, the Director of the Mona Law Institutes Unit. The Faculty of Law in Kingston may also be interested in establishing links with UKZN’s School of Law.
On the day and prior to his public lecture, McQuoid-Mason visited the McGrath High School in Linstead, named after his maternal Irish-Jamaican great-grandfather who donated the land for the school. He addressed an assembly of over 1 200 learners about the need to respect people, to always do good, to do no harm to anyone, and to treat everyone fairly without discrimination. After the assembly he ran Street Law Workshops for staff and senior students at the School.
Later on in the afternoon he examined his great-grandfather’s family papers in the Jamaican Archives in Spanish Town, and then visited the Catholic Cathedral in Kingston where his great-grandfather had donated the church bells and the original baptismal font.
From 1-3 April 2016 the UKZN Law School will be hosting the Ed O’Brien International Street Law Best Practices Conference in Durban to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the UKZN Street Law programme – the first international Street Law programme and the first in South Africa.