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 Profile - HH Mr. Cecil Bernard

Mr. Cecil O. Bernard first worked in the Grenada Civil Service and then served in the West Indian Regiment.  When the West Indian Federation dissolved, he joined the Trinidad and Tobago Regiment and attained the rank of Major and qualified as an attorney.  In the 1980’s he was seconded to serve in the Solicitor General’s Department in the Attorney General’s Chambers of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago and represented the State in numerous important Constitutional cases before the High Court and Court of Appeal.

Later, he was appointed as a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Delegation to the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea from 1979 to 1982; member of the Trinidad and Tobago Standing Negotiating Committee on Air Services Agreements since 1962 and later its Lead Negotiator and Chairman  for ten years. Mr. Bernard served as Head of the CARICOM  Negotiating Team on Multilateral Air Services Agreements. In 1994, Mr. Bernard  was appointed as a Judge in the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago and became its fifth President from 2005 through 2011. Following his retirement, he continued to engage with his passion for the law before he passed away on August 20th, 2013.