Elliott - Legislative Drafting - Castries, Saint Lucia

Lydia Elliott

Castries, Saint Lucia


Legislative Drafting

Work History

USAID Juvenile Justice Reform Project

From June 2014

Member States

WIPO/Antigua and Barbuda

May 2013 - June 2013

Reviewed and finalised draft Water and Sewerage (Standards) Regulations (September 2013) (Saint Lucia)

• Reviewed the OECS model family laws, in particular the Child Justice Bill, against other
laws in the OECS Member States that impact on the implementation of the Child Justice
Bill with a view to identifying laws that should be amended, including the OECS Model
Bills, and preparing further revised drafts of the Model Family Bills, incorporating changes
suggested by some OECS Member States following consultations with stakeholders in the

ACP Legal

From February 2013

using the OHADAC model. (February 2013) (ACP Legal,

• Prepared discussion draft Model Reproductive Health Care and Protection Bill which seeks to address the sexual and reproductive health of adolescents in the OECS Member States


From February 2013

Finalised the Supreme Court (Legal Profession Disciplinary) Rules to which an attorney-at- law would be subject in the exercise of his or her professional responsibilities. (March

2013) (ECSC)

Saint Lucia for the development of an appropriate legislative framework

Economic Partnership

From August 2012

(Saint Lucia)

• Drafted model legislation and suggested amendments to give effect to provisions relating to international maritime services and the entry and temporary stay of EU service suppliers in the English speaking CARIFOURM States, pursuant to the Economic Partnership


November 2012 - June 2013


• Facilitated the establishment of a regional entity, ACP Legal (Eastern Caribbean) Inc,


Elliott MacClure

From October 2009

Area of Specialization include legislative drafting in all areas of the law, law revision, law reform,
family (focus on child law), administrative, constitutional, (public law) banking, companies and international trade law, commercial law including competition, intellectual property law, legal
framework for statutory corporations, enterprise/ corporate entity start up.

Key contributions include:

• Law Revision Exercise for the Turks and Caicos Islands: a systematic revision of all the laws of the Islands enacted over a 10 year period up to August 2009.

• Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Act Review for the Government of the Republic of
Trinidad and Tobago; prepared draft legislation to govern the licensing of motor vehicles.

• Drafted, reviewed or finalized various pieces of Legislation for the Government of Saint
Lucia such as the DNA Bill, Broadcasting Bill, Computer Crimes Bill, Data Protection Bill,
Electronic Transactions Bill, Evidence (Amendment) Bill, Mental Health Services Bill, Public
Hospital Board Bill and Public Service Commission Bill and Regulations.

• Drafted relevant amendments to existing law to alleviate discrimination in the legislation in relation to persons living with HIV/AIDS for five British Overseas territories namely Turks and Caicos Islands, British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Cayman Islands and Montserrat under a DIFID Project.

• Established the Eastern Caribbean Copyright Licensing Association Inc (ECCLA) to protect the rights of authors and publishers.

• Drafted Rules of Procedure for the organs of the Eastern Caribbean Economic Union such as the OECS Authority, OECS Economic Affairs Council, OECS Council of Ministers, OECS
Assembly and the OECS Commission.

• Revised draft CARICOM model Anti-Discrimination Law which seeks to protect persons against discrimination on the grounds of their HIV status and sexual orientation; for adoption in PANCAP member states.

• Undertook a review and gap analysis of the...

Senior Legal Draftsperson

June 2003 - September 2009

Drafted model harmonized legislation to, amongst other things, facilitate the development of a
single market and economy in the CARICOM member states, for adoption in the CARICOM
member states. Duty station: OECS Secretariat, Saint Lucia.

Key contributions included:

• Model Harmonized legislation for ICC Cricket World Cup

• Financial Institutions Bill for CARICOM Member States

• Model Plant Protection and E-Commerce Bills

• Model Competition Bill for OECS Member States

• Investment Code and Financial Services Agreement for CARICOM member states

• Facilitated the preparation of the Rules of Procedure for the Caribbean Court of Justice

• Finalised model family legislation under OECS family law reform project, for adoption in
OECS Member States as required, namely, Status of Children Act, Parentage Testing
Regulations, Domestic Violence Act, Child Care and Adoption of Children Bill and
Juvenile Justice Bill and facilitated the drafting of model legislation on Maintenance of
Children and Custody and Guardianship of Children.

Legal Advisor

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank

July 1992 - June 2003

Member of the management committee of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and was
primarily responsible for providing general legal advice to the Central Bank in the exercise of its
functions under the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Agreement Act, 1983 and the uniform
Banking Act 1991 and evaluating the nature of the Central Bank's exposure to legal risks and ensuring that the interests of the Central Bank was protected. Representing the Central Bank at
external meetings and external committees when required. Also providing legal opinions for the information for the Board of Directors and the Monetary Council and facilitating the settlement of
matters before the courts.

Director of Legal Drafting

Drafted Bills and Statutory Instruments

May 1987 - June 1992

Attorney General's Chambers and Ministry of Legal Affairs Saint Lucia
May 1987 - June 1992

Drafted Bills and Statutory Instruments; Provided legal opinion and advice to all Government
Departments and Ministries; Prepared Memoranda for Members of Cabinet on legislative
measures; Vetted Loan Agreements and Agreements with foreign governments or agencies;
Represented the Attorney General on Statutory Bodies and at regional meetings; Attended and participated in regional workshops on harmonized legislation. Finalised Bills such as Income Tax
Bill and Shipping Bill. Represented the State in Civil and Criminal Matters.

Legal Assistant

Drafted Bills and Statutory Instruments

September 1981 - May 1987

Attorney General's Chambers and Ministry of Legal Affairs Saint Lucia
September 1981 - May 1987

Drafted Bills and Statutory Instruments, Provided legal opinion and advice to other government
departments, attended regional meetings on various areas in the law.

Qualifications & Certifications

Training and Research

United Nations Institute


University of California

General of St Lucia

Eastern Caribbean Institute of Banking and Financial Services

Business & Professional Women

University of the West Indies

The Computer Center Limited

banking law facilitated by the Eastern

Caribbean Institute of Banking and Financial Services

Legislative Drafting

University of the West Indies


Hugh Wooding Law School


University of the West Indies

Public Administration

University of the West Indies

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