Prof Vasciannie off to Washington DC in August
THE MINISTRY of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade has confirmed the appointment of Professor Stephen Vasciannie as Jamaica's new ambassador to Washington, DC.
Professor Vasciannie, who is currently the principal at the Norman Manley Law School, a position he has held since 2008, is expected to assume duties in July or August.
He replaced Audrey Marks who ended her tour of duty in March.
In making the announcement, Foreign Affairs Minister A.J. Nicholson said he is confident that Jamaica's tradition of excellent diplomatic representation in the United States capital will continue in earnest.
"Professor Vasciannie comes to the new position armed with exceptional academic achievement; vast experience in the fields of International Law and International Relations, and has been a member of the United Nations International Law Commission for the past five years," said Nicholson.
"His acknowledged contribution within the local, regional, Common-wealth and wider global space equips in no small measure for the tasks ahead," he added.
The recipient of the University of the West Indies Open Scholarship (1978) and the Jamaica Common-wealth Scholarship (1984), Professor Vasciannie holds First Class Honours degrees from the UWI, and Oxford and Cambridge universities. At Cambridge, he topped the class with a Starred First Class Honours result in the LLM degree programme. He is a member of the Jamaican Bar Association; the American Society of International Law; and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
On the professional academic level, the Jamaica Rhodes Scholar (1981) was adjunct professor at the Stetson University Law School, Cayman Islands (2009 & 2011), and after rising to the level of professor in 2002, was the head, Department of Government, UWI (2003-2006). Professor Vasciannie also served as lecturer in Constitutional Law, and Law and Legal Systems at the Norman Manley Law School (2001-2008), and continued his teaching responsibility after becoming principal at the Law School.
He has been deputy solicitor general, Attorney General's Chambers (2004-2008), where he was also director of the International Division (2003-2008).
Professor Vasciannie, who chairs the board of Scotia Investments Jamaica Ltd (2007 to present), and serves as a member of the boards of Scotiabank Jamaica and Scotia Jamaica Life Insurance Company, is also chairman of the board of Kingston College, his alma mater.