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Legal Luminary Justice Duke Pollard dies at 86.

The Caribbean’s legal community is mourning the loss of former Justice Duke Pollard. Justice Pollard, considered to be one of the region’s leading luminaries, was one of the first judges to sit on the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).  CARICOM Secretary General Doctor Carla Barnett said quote “His immense contribution to the jurisprudence of our Community and his work towards the establishment of the Caribbean Court of Justice and as a member of the Court assures his legacy.” End quote. He was also one of the important architects of several CARICOM instruments, including the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and the protocols relating to the Caribbean Court of Justice, a judicial body which he sat on until 2010. The court’s website says his impressive résumé includes a significant cadre of articles, draft treaties and legislation, monographs and studies, which constitute a remarkable opus of reference material. He also worked within the CARICOM Secretariat in various capacities including the Director of Legislative Drafting Facility until 2005. The body of work established Justice Pollard as an expert jurist in international law. He specialised in international economic, international institutional, general integration and economic integration law as well as the Law of the Sea and the Law of Treaties. Justice Pollard died on Tuesday at age 86 in the United States. Guyanese by birth, Justice Pollard, who was also a diplomat, is survived by his wife, Donna