Category: Law and Governance

Defending People's Rights and Freedoms

The Paradox of Plenty: Why Guyana’s Local Content Law Needs a Reality Check

By: Dr. Vivian M. Williams, Esq. In October 2022, the Guyana Business Journal (GBJ) challenged a panel of experts to deliberate on how Guyana could maximize local capture from its oil and gas sector. The question is pregnant with possibilities. However, Guyana, like other developing countries before it, assumes that a local content law is […]

The Masses at the Gate: What’s Behind the People’s Movement in Guyana

March 19, 2017 Law and Governance

By: Vivian M. Williams, Esq., LL.M. For decades Guyana abandoned the principles of a merit-based society, opting instead for a system of political patronage. The country’s private sector followed in the shadows of the ruling political elites, elevating patronage and nepotism above merit and competence. Though One People, One Nation, One Destiny, the probability of success […]

Walking on Eggshells: Prado Ville -Prosecuting the Top Brass of the Previous Government

March 12, 2017 Law and Governance

By: Vivian M. Williams, Esq., LL.M Flashback It was the late 1990s and a near-sighted government, believing all it needed to govern was a mandate at the polls, was brought to its knees. Tear smoke filled the streets of downtown Georgetown as the government cracked down on dissenters, seeking to break the back of a […]

Parked in a Legitimacy Gap: Why The Georgetown Parking Meters Controversy is a Political Millstone

February 19, 2017 Law and Governance

The municipality, except for a renegade Deputy Mayor, says the introduction of parking meters in Georgetown, Guyana’s capital city, is a necessary leap into modernization. The Private sector, citizens, and activists call the move inhumane, callous, corrupt and a blight on a struggling economy. This gap between what the City thinks of the initiative and […]

Pandora’s Box: Requesting New List of GECOM Nominees A Dangerous Precedent

February 5, 2017 Law and Governance

By: Vivian M. Williams, Esq., LL.M When Guyana’s President David Granger requested a second list of nominees for Chairman of the country’s Elections Commission (GECOM) from the Leader of the Opposition, he extended an olive branch and created a dangerous precedent. The submission of a list of nominees is a one-shot deal. The Constitution does […]

Fit and Proper: An Unnecessary Fight

January 29, 2017 Law and Governance

By: Vivian M. Williams, Esq., LL.M When a moment in time presents an opportunity for a historian to leave foot prints in the sand, you expect him to seize the moment. The rejection of the list of nominees for Chairman of Guyana’s Elections Commission (GECOM), presented such an opportunity to President David Granger and he […]

Dancing on Black Ice Part II: The Reply to Nandlall on the GECOM Brouhaha

January 22, 2017 Law and Governance

Grown accustomed to a nuanced application of legal principles from Guyana’s former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, I was disappointed by his response to my article Dancing on Black Ice: That Legal Threat Over a Nonjusticiable Constitutional Provision. Though his article, The President is Not Above the Law was published as a response, the former AG resorts to sweeping […]

Dancing on Black Ice: That Legal Threat Over a Nonjusticiable Constitutional Provision

January 15, 2017 Law and Governance

It is hard to think of a more flawed interpretation of an expressed constitutional provision than what we are currently witnessing in the feud over the selection of a Chairman of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM). Current President David Granger offers a baffling interpretation of the Constitution and former President Bharrat Jagdeo treats us to […]