Passing of Prof. Elwin Griffith
The Cave Hill Campus was saddened to learn of the passing of Professor Elwin Griffith. Professor Griffith, the former Barbadian Dean, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida was a good friend of the UWI and Cave Hill in particular. In the 1980s, with his University President, Sandy D’Alemberte he secured a US $5m. Congressional Grant to establish the Caribbean Law Institute as the UWI counterpart to a similar Institute at Florida State University. Its purpose, through research and the drafting of model legislation, was to promote commercial law harmonization in the Caribbean, facilitate trade between the Caribbean and the USA and establish a collaborative relationship between the two universities.
The Institute drafted several pieces of legislation which subsequently became law in some CARICOM Member States. The most notable of these was its model Company Law Bill.
Prof. Griffith was the Executive Director of the Caribbean Law Institute (CLI) from 1989 when it commenced operations, until 1994 when the UWI branch became the Caribbean Law Institute Centre (CLIC), under the directorship of Prof. A.R. Carnegie. Prof. Carnegie was succeeded by Prof. Winston Anderson, now a Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice. Prof. Velma Newton, who was the Deputy Executive Director of CLI during Prof. Griffith’s tenure as Executive Director, is now Officer-in-Charge of CLIC. She remembers Prof. Griffith as a person well-liked by those with whom he came into contact and an astute leader.
The Faculty of Law, Cave Hill Campus, extends condolences to his widow Norma Joyce, daughter Traci and other relatives.