Elizabeth had a full career in journalism before joining the United Nations, thereafter spending the next 17 years as a conflict prevention and peacebuilding practitioner with the UN and OXFAM. Elizabeth’s work in post-conflict countries has focused on supporting local efforts to build resilient democratic national institutions in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Somalia. Her work on human rights and development has been in Guyana, Brazil and India.
She spent five years in The Netherlands where she worked with academic institutions including The Institute for Social Studies in Den Haag and the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights in Utrecht. She spent three years as a Senior Political Affairs officer in the Department of Political Affairs at UN headquarters in New York before taking up her post as Deputy Coordinator of the Good Offices in Cyprus where she was a member of the UN mediation team.
Elizabeth was later posted as the Peace and Development Adviser to Sierra Leone to support the transition from Peace Keeping to the development mandate of the United Nations Country Team. Elizabeth is a certified mediator and a member of the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago. Elizabeth is currently a part-time Adjunct Lecturer in the Faculty of Law International Human Rights Clinic, University of the West Indies, a columnist and the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Centre.
She also volunteers as the Executive Director of the Caribbean Centre for Human Rights. Elizabeth was recently appointed the Trinidad and Tobago representative on the Commonwealth Network of Women Mediators. Elizabeth holds an LLB and a degree in journalism; at the Post Graduate level, she has qualifications in Human Rights and in International Relations. Her hobbies include karate and sailing. Elizabeth is married and is the mother of two strong, beautiful young women.
Dennis Gurley S.C.
Mr. Gurley is an Attorney-at-Law, a Notary Public and a senior Partner at J. D. Sellier & Co., and sits on the Board of several companies. He is also a founding member and the current Chairman of the Dispute Resolution Centre.
He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. His areas of practice include Corporate and Commercial Arbitration and Mediations including insurance claims, shareholder disputes, construction, building and contractual disputes, bank and finance disputes, management and corporate governance disputes, debt and insolvency disputes, trust and settlement, environmental, land and property disputes, intellectual property disputes, professional negligence and family property settlement.
Robin Otway is the principal of the firm of Otway and Associates and he has been in practice just over 40 years. He is very experienced in civil law in general, principally in civil litigation, in particular commercial litigation and professional malpractice, and especially medical negligence in which area he has been in active practice for almost 30 years, and he is also well versed in real estate law, commercial leases, and contracts, company formation and also in mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
He is a former Senior Member of the Council of the Trinidad and Tobago Law Association, and was until about 5 years ago a Member for 6 years of its Disciplinary Committee. He previously was an associate tutor at the Hugh Wooding Law School, and a former partner of 2 of the larger law firms in Trinidad, Hamel-Smith & Co. and De Nobriga Inniss & Co. (now Lex Caribbean) heading the litigation department in each of them. He was also recently added to the Procurement Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
Mrs. Daly is an attorney at law who is a consultant with the firm of Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide & Jacelon where she was a partner for over 30 years. She has extensive experience in civil litigation and in commercial work including contract, insurance, banking, company, joint ventures, construction and energy sectors, governance and regulatory issues. She is familiar with both the building of commercial relationships and dealing with the problems that subsequently arise.
She has been actively involved in the development of Mediation in Trinidad and Tobago and is a Director of the Dispute Resolution Centre. Mrs. Daly is certified as a mediator for both civil disputes (with commercial specialization) and family disputes, and is a certified mediation trainer. She has mediated on a variety of matters including commercial issues, defamation, devolution of family business, family settlements and custody. She publishes a regular supplement on damages for personal injuries in the Lawyer journal.
Jason Kelvin Charles
Jason K. Charles is an Attorney-at-Law duly admitted to practice in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. He is also certified by the Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago (the Board), as a Mediator in Civil Non-Family Matters.
Since being certified by the Board, Mr. Charles has conducted Court-Annexed Mediations, which were referred to him by the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago. Additionally, he has and continues to actively support the Alternative Dispute Resolution Programme at the Hugh Wooding Law School (the Law School), by participating as a volunteer mediator.
Prior to joining the legal fraternity, his profession for more than a decade was in the field of Information Technology (IT); and during his final year at the Law School, he was selected as the Student Representative to the Law School’s Technology Committee, and thereafter appointed to the position of Secretary to the said Committee. Currently, he serves on the IT Committee of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (Internal Committee - IT/Social Network/Website). Based on the foregoing, his expertise includes IT Law and Intellectual Property Law, but is not limited to same.
Further information about Jason K. Charles, inclusive of inter alia, his other practice areas, can be found by visiting: http://www.jkcharles.com/
Certified Mediator, Chartered Arbitrator.
Construction Aggregates Supply & Marine Logistics Specialist,
Industrial Minerals Supply Specialist, Business Contracts Specialist
B.A. Humanities, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
LLB, University of London, England
Executive Certificate in Conflict Management, University of Windsor Law, Canada
Postgraduate Diploma in Mediation Studies, University of the West Indies, Trinidad
• Certified Mediator, Civil Non-Family Matter, Mediation Board of Trinidad & Tobago
• Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, London, UK
• Member, ADR Institute of Ontario, Canada
• Rostered Certified Mediator with the Dispute Resolution Centre, Trinidad & Tobago
• Conflict Management, Mediation and Arbitration Services (2 years)
• Construction Aggregates Production & Supply (Local & International), specializing in high-end materials for airport, seaport, shore protection works.
• Marine Operations Logistics & Project Management
• International Business Contract
• Corporate Administration
• Financial Planning & Management
• Business Administration Systems Development
• English, Arabic, Spanish, French
Devika Sammy, BSc., Cert., PGCert.
Certified Mediator: Civil Non Family & Civil Family MattersProfessional Summary:
Mediated over 250 disputes with extensive experience in mediating custody, land, relationship, workplace and financial disputes. Worked within multiple areas within the education sector of Trinidad and Tobago including secondary, primary, tertiary and technical/vocational, with children, adolescents and adults from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Facilitated conflict management training sessions throughout Trinidad and Tobago at educational, corporate, public and private institutions including Arthur Lok Jack Global School of Business (Tobago); UWI Open Campus, El Dorado (Trinidad); Divisions of the Tobago House of Assembly; Local School Boards & School Supervisors, Ministry of Education (Trinidad); Defence Force of Trinidad and Tobago (Tobago); Prisons Services of Trinidad and Tobago (Tobago); HYPE (Tobago); MUST (Tobago); YTEPP (Trinidad); Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute.
Mediation Training & Professional Development (2007-2018)
• Reflective Debriefing Group: Facilitators Prof. Michael Lang & Prof. Susanne Terry, 2017-2018
• Managing Conflict with Skill & Confidence, UDEMY Facilitator Barry Winbolt, MSc.
• Should HR Professionals Mediate Internal Workplace Conflict Webinar, Mediation.com & Virtual Mediation Lab, Facilitator: John Ford
• UWI, Arthur Lok Jack, Graduate School of Business, Train-the-trainer Certificate, Facilitator Mr Curt Wellington
• Certificate of Participation, Introduction to Industrial Relations, Cipriani College of Labour & Co-operative Studies, 2014
• Certified Family Mediator, Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago, 2014
• Family Mediation, Tom Kalpatoo & Associates, Facilitators Mr Tom Kalpatoo & Prof. Michael Lang 2014
• Certified Civil Mediator, Mediation Board of Trinidad and Tobago, 2012
• Mediation Level 1, University of the West Indies, 2007