Senior assistant director of legal reform, Legal Reform Department, Ministry of Justice, Luciana Jackson, has been appointed a board member of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law (ISRCL).
The appointment was made during the 29th Annual International Conference of ISRCL held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, where Jackson represented the Ministry of Justice and made her second presentation to the conference.
"I am happy and very honoured to serve as a board member of this prestigious society," said Jackson, an attorney-at-law for 12 years.
While highlighting that the Ministry of Justice promotes growth, development and networking, Jackson stated that she is "very grateful to the Ministry of Justice for the opportunity to serve at this international level".
The ISRCL is a non-profit charitable association in Canada. It comprises 'judges, legislators, lawyers, academics, governmental officials, police and corrections professionals who have come together to work actively on the administration of criminal justice both in their own jurisdiction and internationally'.
As part of its purpose, ISRCL aims to 'aid in the exploration of transnational strategies to improve criminal law policy and legislation'.
Experts are pooled from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, other Commonwealth countries, the United States, Europe, and Israel to form the complement of this law watchdog.
In welcoming the appointment, Justice Minister Delroy Chuck said it speaks volumes to how well Jackson presented herself and represented Jamaica in articulating our legal reform policy.
"This is a wonderful accomplishment for a young lady in the prime of her career," said Chuck.
"As a member of the board of the ISRCL, you are now a part of a larger network of criminal justice experts where you can shape international legal agenda and adopt best practices through research, collaboration and exchanges.
"It is great Jamaicans, like you, that continue to put this small island on the world stage," added Chuck.
Published Jamaica Gleaner, Sunday, August 7, 2016