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Brown Blake

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Senior Lecturer (On Leave for 2023/2024)
B.A. (UWI) LL.B. (UWI) LL.M. (Lond) M.A. (UWI) Ph.D. (UWI)
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Celia Brown-Blake ’94 teaches Contract, Trusts and Corporate Insolvency.  Before joining MonaLaw in 2012, she lectured in Company Law, Business Law, and the Legal Environment of Business in the then Department of Management Studies, now The Mona School of Business and Management at The UWI.

In 2017, she was an international visiting scholar at Stanford Humanities Center, Stanford University, where she developed and shared her research on the disenfranchisement of Caribbean vernacular speakers in the legal system.  In 2012, as a Commonwealth Fellow at the London School of Economics, she examined and published on the nature of judicial oversight of decisions made and actions taken by financial regulators in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

Research Interests: 
Language and the Law
Insolvency Law
Financial Regulation
Courses : 
Law of Contract II
Law of Trusts
Advanced Corporate Insolvency Law

A qualified attorney-at-law with a Master of Laws and a PhD in Linguistics, she specializes in two distinct academic streams. She is an expert in forensic linguistics, the study of the confluence of language and the law, as well as insolvency, corporate law and financial regulation. Dr. Blake has spent the last 15 years developing new research on the impact of linguistic factors on the administration of justice in contexts involving speakers of Commonwealth Caribbean vernacular languages and making proposals for reform.  A key focus of her research has been the role language rights play in improving the situation of Caribbean Creole vernacular speakers in the English-dominant legal system.  She was instrumental in formulating a language rights policy charter which sets out model rights for speakers of Caribbean Creole languages.  She has also held several public service appointments including Commissioner at the Financial Services Commission of Jamaica, director at the Bank of Jamaica, and has acted as a legal consultant in both local and international projects.

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