Environmental Advisors (EA) was established in 1997 as among the first group of lawyers dedicated to reform and concentrate on Caribbean sustainable development law. To meet the wide-ranging needs of our public and private sector clients our lawyers are supported by technical specialists to provide an interdisciplinary approach and overall descriptive framework for the creation of environmental laws. Over the years EA has maintained close contacts with international institutions, governmental organisations, teaching institutes, businesses and NGOs to find solutions to environmental challenges.

Our work involves legal research and advice and part traditional law firm and is organised around specific fields of work on:
  • Environmental Policy and legislative drafting
  • International Negotiations including Post 2015 development goals
  • Identification of solutions for bottlenecks in implementation
  • Corrective measures and enforcement
  • Analysis of developments in environmental law

  • Our overall philosophy is to improve the wide range of environmental laws. Fees are not a motivating factor. We therefore have responded to requests for pro bono support, particularly for training to many institutions. For the past four years we have provided teaching support to the Environmental Law Programme at the Hugh Wooding Law School at St. Augustine, Trinidad.

    To maintain our focus on the law membership on our governing Advisory Board is open only to legal professionals. Many of our projects have an international dimension and where they do, they are often executed in collaboration with Caribbean- region legal professionals.

    Judy Daniel, L.E.C.
    Judy Daniel was admitted to practice law in Trinidad and Tobago in 1983. She accomplished her post-graduate work in environmental law and management at Tufts University, Boston USA. Ms. Daniel has extensive experience working on environmental regulations, policy and auditing in the Caribbean. She has held principal policy-making positions for the International Maritime Organisation/World Bank, the Ministries of Environment and Agriculture, Lands and Marine Resources of Trinidad & Tobago and has served as the CARICOM legal negotiator for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. Through her legal practice, Judy brings an unparalleled strong working knowledge of the legal and institutional frameworks, politics, society, key actors and civic groups in the Caribbean and a proven talent to work effectively in cross-cultural situations. Her unique combination of strong legal and technical skills has earned her high esteem by senior managers both in the Wider Caribbean region and internationally.

    Ms. Daniel is an ISO 14001, 14011, 14012 Lead Auditor, Environmental Management Systems (2001, Missisauga, Canada). She is a Fulbright Fellow and was a Peer Review Board Member (2003-4). Later in 2005 she obtained mediation training at the Atlanta Justice Center and is a trained mediator. “ She completed an International Water Law Certificate, University of Dundee, Scotland in 2012.

    Rosalyn Wilkinson, L.E.C.
    Rosalyn E. Wilkinson qualified as attorney-at-law in 1993. She holds an LL.B (upper second class) from the University of the West Indies, LL.M (distinction) from Aberdeen University specializing in environmental law. She worked in private practice from 1993 to 2009. During that time she was the chief litigator at the firm of Wilkinson, Wilkinson & Wilkinson (Grenada). While in private practice she was engaged in various environmental projects which included drafting environmental related legislation, reviewing all of Grenada’s environmental related legislation. Ms. Wilkinson is a former director of Conservation Grenada Inc., board member and chairman of the National Insurance Scheme (Grenada), and former chairman of the Grenada Save the Children Development Agency. Ms. Wilkinson serves as Grenada’s honorary counsel for Sweden and is a member of the University of the West Indies’ territorial advisory committee.

     

    David Velegol, J.D.
    David A. Velegol Jr. is Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technical Services for Chester Engineers, a role he has held since 2008. Mr. Velegol is responsible for the management of Industrial and Municipal Engineering and Technical Services Division of Chester Engineers. This division includes: Process/Detailed Design Engineering, Pipeline/Site/Civil Engineering, Design-Build, EPCM, Safety, QA/QC and Technical Consultants. Mr. Velegol reports directly to Chester Engineers President and CEO, Robert Agbede.

    Mr. Velegol has over 22 years of experience working in the engineering profession. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Velegol held the position of Vice President of Industrial Projects with Chester Engineers. Prior to coming to Chester, Mr. Velegol spent 14 years at Veolia Water North American (formerly USFilter Engineering and Construction) also in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Mr. Velegol has a B.S in Chemical Engineering from West Virginia University, a M.B.A in Business Administration from Robert Morris University and a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law. Active in civil and charitable pursuits, Mr. Velegol is heavily involved in his local community, church and schools. He also serves as Judge in his home town of Follansbee, WV.

     

    Charmaine Pemberton, L.E.C.
    Madam Justice Charmaine Pemberton is a Caribbean trained Attorney-at-Law attending both the University of the West Indies and the Hugh Wooding Law School. She holds as well the Diploma in International Relations (Distinction) from the Institute of International Relations, St. Augustine; LL.M from the University of Nottingham, U.K. and certification as an International Trade Specialist from the Latin American and Caribbean Trade Institute.

    In July, 2000, she became the first Master at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, presiding over all matters of Civil Litigation in Grenada, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Dominica and St. Kitts and Nevis. In 2003, she was elevated to Judgeship, serving in St. Lucia and St. Kitts and Nevis, before becoming the first resident female Judge in Grenada; Judge in Dominica and the first resident Judge in Nevis. At present she sits on the Statutory Rules Committee, the Board of the TTJEI and chairs the Court ADR Implementation Committee. Justice Pemberton sits on the Board of Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO), and is a member of the NWJA and the IWJA.

    She is a certified Mediator and Mediator Trainer, a Trained Family Law and Divorce Mediator, a certified Judicial Settlement Officer and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. She holds certification as a Judicial Trainer from the University College London (UCL). She has co facilitated Mediation Training Programmes in Grenada, Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago and was a Presenter at several local, regional and international conferences.

     

    John McGowan, L.E.C.
    A partner in Government and regulatory law Department at Cassels Brock & Blackwell, of Toronto, Canada. John Mc Gowan specialises in the areas employment and environmental law. He deals with regulators and consultants to provide advice and reach solutions on environmental liabilities that make sense.

    John is the author of the leading Canadian text on Delegated Legislation, and has extensive experience in advising both private and public sector clients on the validity of rules, regulations, and the administrative process to which they are subject. He has written and lectured extensively on practice and procedure before Courts and administrative tribunals.

     

    Danielle N. Paul, J.D.
    Ms. Paul is the youngest member of Environmental Advisors. She was admitted to practice law in Georgia bar in 2012 after graduating from Florida State University College of Law. Ms. Paul has worked alongside Environmental Advisors on several projects including the Judicial Handbook on International Environmental Law for Caribbean personnel, and has researched international comparative law to complete reports for international agencies such as WIPO, CARICOM and PAHO. Ms. Paul also serves as a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys, and as a mentor at Big Brother Big Sister of Atlanta.

     

     

    EA prepares draft legislation for The Renewable and Alternative Energy Act of 2009

    EA to conduct country assessment of legal and institutional framework

    EA prepares Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for Tobago

    Protected Areas Systems Plan for Antigua and Barbuda

    Training: Conflict Resolution and Methods for Monitoring of Tourism Impacts on Biological Resources Resources

    IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN’S PARTICIPATION
    IN PROTECTING ENVIRONMENT

     

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