#Providenciales, July 5, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – The Hon. Attorney General Rhondalee Braithwaite Knowles OBE QC welcomed the return of Principal Crown Counsel, International Mrs. Khalila Astwood Tatem to the Office of the Attorney General on Monday, 1st July 2019 following completion of her Master of Laws degree in International Maritime Law at the IMO International Maritime Law Institute.
The IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI) held its 30th annual Graduation Ceremony on Saturday 15 June 2019 at the Malta Maritime Museum, Vittoriosa. The Ceremony marked the successful completion of an intensive year of studies in all the areas of international maritime law- including the law of the sea, shipping law, marine environmental law, maritime safety and security law and maritime legislation drafting, and a number of workshops and seminars.
During the Graduation Ceremony, Fourty-eight students (from 36 countries) in total graduated from the Institute’s programmes. Thirty-nine students were awarded the Degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Maritime Law, one student was awarded the Diploma in International Maritime Law and seven students were awarded the Degree of Master of Humanities (M.Hum.) in International Maritime Legislation. One student was awarded the Degree of Magister Juris (M.Jur.) in International Maritime Law in absentia.
Mrs. Tatem commented; “I am proud to be the first Turks and Caicos Islander to have attended the IMO International Maritime Law Institute. A primary goal of IMLI is to provide professionals with training in all aspects of maritime law and to equip them to assist their countries to better implement the IMO instruments. Although the program was very intensive, it was also very rewarding and provided numerous networking opportunities. I am grateful to all who supported, encouraged and in any way assisted me.”
Mrs. Tatem was successful at obtaining a scholarship from the IMO and received funding support from the Deputy Governor’s Office through the Professional Development Fund.
The Hon. Attorney General was delighted to see the ongoing development of Turks and Caicos Islander Attorneys and applauded Mrs. Tatem for having pursued her interest in an area of the law for which there is so little expertise in the Islands and congratulated her for having represented the Turks and Caicos Islands so well and graduating with distinction.