Dodson as Chairman, Shuman appointed to Law Reform Commission


Attorney Emily Dodson was Tuesday appointed the new Chair of the Law Reform Commission while Lenox Shuman, a former Opposition Member of Parliament and indigenous rights advocate, was sworn in as a member of the commission.

Both Dodson and Shuman were sworn in before President Dr Irfaan Ali during a ceremony at his Shiv Chanderapul Drive, Georgetown office.

The two will serve for the next three years.

Prior to this appointment, Dodson was a member of the commission under the chairmanship of retired Justice of Appeal, Beasraj Singh Roy. He resigned before the end of his tenure. The commission’s other members are Teni Housty, Deenawati Panday, and Clarissa Riehl.

The commission was first appointed in August 2021. Collectively, the members’ role is to serve as an advisory body to the state and it can recommend amendments to existing laws, new legislation and the repeal of existing legislation to the Government of Guyana.

Therefore it creates much-needed review of the country’s old and outdated legislation and ensuring that the laws are up to date with changes within society.

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