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PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, May 19 2017 – Candice Stephens-Mc Nichols is an attorney-at-law from Trinidad and Tobago having eight years of legal practice. She specializes in the field of Public International Law and particularly International Environmental Law including the Law of the Sea, International Trade Law, International Human Rights Law including the Human Rights of Women and Children and the Law of the United Nations.

Stephens-Mc Nichols was invited by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea in Hamburg Germany to conduct legal research in the area of the Law of the Sea in January 2016.

Candice Stephens-Mc Nichols

“I naturally decided to conduct research on our Caribbean Sea, which I believe is the shared patrimony of our Caribbean region including the ACS or wider Caribbean region, and is the principal unifying force for our region and its economies,” she said.

Stephens-Mc Nichols published the research last year and the book is entitled: Nature’s Gift the Caribbean Sea: A resource in danger and a case for designating the sea a special area in the context of sustainable development and the legal implications of that designation.

She has also written other publications which are focused on gender equality in the Caribbean and particularly Confronting Gender Based violence in the Caribbean and on protecting children against child sexual abuse.

The book Nature’s Gift the Caribbean Sea, however, will be the focus of her upcoming launch which is carded for June 1, 2017.

The book examines the importance of the Caribbean Sea to the vulnerable economies of the Caribbean region and the dependence of the region upon the Sea to generate revenue and economic development arising from the principal industries such as Tourism, Fishing and the petroleum industry.

It also discusses the various threats to our region including threats due to lack of proper mechanisms for ocean governance and threats resulting from marine pollution. A central theme is also the impact of climate change which threatens the region and its waters as well as to the coastal economies and infrastructure in the region due to floods, hurricanes and natural disasters.

However, the focal point of the text are the legal mechanisms for protection of the Caribbean Sea and the adequacy of the mechanisms of protection internationally as well as within the region and alternative approaches to marine governance.

The launch takes place on June 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the NALIS Library, Trinidad and Tobago.

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