Anand Ramlogan

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Anand Ramlogan
Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago
Incumbent
Assumed office
28th May 2010
Preceded by John Jeremie
Personal details
Born (1972-08-26) August 26, 1972 (age 42)
Ben Lomond, Trinidad and Tobago
Nationality Native of Trinidad and Tobago
Political party United National Congress
Spouse(s) Nalini (née Nanan)
Alma mater University of the West Indies, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of Westminster
Occupation Attorney at Law S.C.
Religion Hindu

Anand Ramlogan SC (born 1972) is the Current Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago having been appointed to that office on the 28th day of May 2010.

Ramlogan is also a Constitutional and Human Rights Lawyer, having been called to the Bar of Trinidad and Tobago in 1996 and the Bar of England and Wales in 1994 and was appointed Senior Counsel on the 30th day of December, 2011.

He is a member of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple (U.K.), the holder of an L.L.B. (Hons.) degree and a Masters in Corporate and Commercial Law.

As Attorney General, he is also the titular head of the Bar.

Education[edit]

He received his primary education at the Reform Presbyterian School and secondary schooling at ASJA Boys' College and Pleasantville Senior Comprehensive, in San Fernando.[1] On completing secondary school, he entered the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus, Barbados, to read for his Bachelor of Laws degree. He graduated as the top student of the Law Faculty and won several prizes for outstanding academic performance.[citation needed]

Ramlogan was awarded several post-graduate scholarships and read for his LLM (in corporate and commercial law) at the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London (now known as the Queen Mary, University of London. Whilst at the Queen Mary & Westfield, he simultaneously pursued a post-graduate diploma in Law at the University of Westminster, courtesy the British Chevening Scholarship and the British Foreign Office Scholarship programme.[2]

Private practice[edit]

Anand Ramlogan was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994 and the Bar of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 1996. Upon qualifying as an attorney at law, he entered private practice, first, under the tutelage of Ms Lynette Maharaj, SC. After several years he joined the law firm of Sir Fenton Ramsahoye, former Attorney General of Guyana. He eventually established his own chambers—Freedom House—on Harris Street, San Fernando. At the age of 22 he became one of the youngest barristers from the Commonwealth to address the Law Lords of the Privy Council. He was also a door tenant at Charter Chambers[3] in London.

Prior to his appointment as Attorney General, Anand Ramlogan dedicated his career as a lawyer toward assisting the poor and downtrodden in Trinidad and Tobago's society and challenged the abuse of power by the State. He took pride in slowly building this reputation as he was of the view that many of Trinidad and Tobago's institutions facilitated unfair treatment, victimization and discrimination against the less fortunate of society causing grave injustice. His reputation, character and integrity were such that he had become a very popular household name and people from all walks of life; every creed and race and every part of the country sought his services as an Attorney at Law.

Many of his clients could ill-afford to pay fees and hence, a lot of the work Ramlogan did was pro bono or without proper fees. In recognition of his hard work and devotion to duty, he was awarded the prestigious “Express Newspaper Individual of the Year” in 2004. Ramlogan was the youngest person to receive this award. Previous recipients of this award include Sir Ellis Clarke, Fr. Gerard Pantin, Justice Michael de la Bastide and Professor Courtenay Bartholomew. Many of Ramlogan's clients for whom he fought legal battles were also recognised with similar awards and honours including Ganga Persad-Kissoon, Alphie Subiah, Devant Maharaj, Marlene Coudray, Sat Maharaj, Chandresh Sharma and George Daniel.

Ramlogan has practised in many other Caribbean islands including Dominica, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda and Grenada. He has appeared in hundreds of cases at all levels in the court system including the Caribbean Court of Justice and the Privy Council. His cases were in the field of Civil and Public Law with special emphasis in the areas of Human Rights, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Negligence. His cases spanned a broad spectrum of human life including the rights of prisoners, women, Rastafarians, the differently-abled, women, children, police brutality, medical negligence, professional negligence, discrimination and unfair treatment.

Many of these cases were high profile matters in which the public had an interest. They were catalysts for social reformation and transformation and helped shape and build Trinidad and Tobago's society. Some of them were novel and unprecedented. They contributed to the development of the jurisprudence and law as Ramlogan was able to challenge the status quo. These cases were the subject of widespread coverage in the media and press locally, regionally and internationally. As a result, occasionally, he is invited to give guest lectures in various universities in London.[4]

Two notable cases were:

  • the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha (SDMS) against the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago concerning the Trinity Cross; and
  • the SDMS against the Attorney General of Trinidad and Tobago over the then government's refusal to grant the SDMS a broadcaster's licence to establish and operate Radio Jaagriti 102.7 FM, a radio station catering to the Hindu niche, even though the SDMS was the major Hindu-based organisation in Trinidad and Tobago.

Prior to his appointment as Attorney General he served the public in various other capacities including as a director of the Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago, a director of the Air Transport Licensing Authority of Trinidad and Tobago, a member of the Law Commission of Trinidad and Tobago and as Vice-Chairman of the Cedar Grove Co-Operative Society Ltd.

Political and journalistic activities[edit]

As an attorney in private practice, Ramlogan also penned a regular weekly column in the Trinidad Guardian through the years 2003-2010. His op-ed columns centred on legal, social and political issues. His column was notorious for its perceived divisive content on race relations.

Ramlogan also had a segment on the drive time radio (Radio 90.5 FM) and was an active member of civil society with numerous speaking engagements including panel discussions on television and radio concerning critical national issues, graduation ceremonies, rotary clubs, religious functions, cultural events, chambers of commerce and international organizations based in Trinidad.

In 2007 Anand Ramlogan contested the 2007 General Elections on a Congress of the People ticket as a candidate for the constituency of Tabaquite, losing to Ramesh Maharaj of the United National Congress.[5]

On January 17, 2013, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan initiated legal action against former Miss Universe Wendy Fitzwilliam. [6]

Attorney Generalship[edit]

On May 26, 2010, two days after the success of the People's Partnership in the 2010 General Election, Anand Ramlogan was appointed a Senator and Attorney General by Kamla Persad-Bissessar. Under Section 75 (2) of the Constitution, the Attorney General must be appointed forthwith after the Prime Minister in order for the Cabinet to be properly established.[7]

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