Composition of the IJLS
Section 7 of the Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies Act 2011 established the Board of Judicial and Legal Studies as the governing body of the Institute. The Board of Judicial and Legal Studies has been given wide powers under section 7 and section 8 of the Act.
Chairperson of the Board of Judicial and Legal Studies
Mrs Justice Ah Foon Chui Yew Cheong, Judge, Supreme Court of Mauritius is the chairperson of the Board of Judicial and Legal Studies. She was appointed Puisne Judge to the Supreme Court of Mauritius in 2003 and is the Chairperson of the Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies since its inception in 2011. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales by the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn in 1975 after having read law at the University of London, King's College. In 1977, she joined the then Crown Law Office as Crown Counsel. She then served as Direct Magistrate, Intermediate and Industrial Court Magistrate and Acting Principal State Counsel. In 1997, she was appointed Master and Registrar of the Supreme Court. She served as Director of Public Prosecutions from 1999 to 2003. She also lectured in Labour Law at the Council of Legal Education.
The Board of Judicial and Legal Studies
Mr Justice A. A. Caunhye, Judge, Supreme Court of Mauritius is on the Board of Judicial and Legal Studies. Justice Caunhye was called to the Bar at the Middle Temple London in 1976. He practiced as a Barrister in Mauritius from 1976 to 1982 and in 1982 he joined the judiciary as a magistrate. In 1986 he was transferred to Attorney General’s Office and continued over there as Senior and then as Principal State Counsel. In 1994 he became Assistant Solicitor General. In 1997 he was made Parliamentary Counsel. From 1997 to 2001 he acted as the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Solicitor General on several occasions till he became the judge of the Supreme Court in May 2001. In his 31 years’ experience at the state law office and Judiciary, he has contributed immensely to the evolution of constitutional jurisprudence, criminal law jurisprudence concerning sentencing of offenders and so on. He is recognized by leading law practitioners and colleague judges as an authority on the subject of Constitutional Law.
Mrs Justice Rita Teelock, Judge, Supreme Court of Mauritius is on the board of the IJLS.
Sir Hamid Moollan, Q.C., GOSK, is on the board of the IJLS. Sir Moollan started his practice as a barrister before the courts of Mauritius in April 1960. He appeared before all the courts, tribunals and commissions established in Mauritius for dispute resolution, before the judicial committee of the Privy Council, before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal of Seychelles, before most of the international tribunals set up for arbitration of disputes. He is legal advisor to large number of companies operating in Mauritius. He has represented Mauritius Bar several times in the annual global bar conclaves held in different jurisdictions of the world. He is appointed on the board of several government committees, educational institutions, parastatal bodies. Most importantly, he was member of the Presidential Commission chaired by Lord Mackay to suggest reforms to be brought in to improve administration of justice in Mauritius. Also he was consultant to the Crown Law Office in Mauritius to assist in reforming the French Codes in Mauritius. For his outstanding contribution to the evolution of legal profession in Mauritius, he was appointed as the Queen’s Counsel in 1976, conferred knighthood by the Queen of England in 1986 and elevated to the Order of Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean (GOSK) in 2010.
Mr. Dheerendra Kumar Dabee, SC, GOSK, the Solicitor General is on the board of the IJLS. Mr Dabee, Solicitor-General in the Attorney General’s Office, is a graduate in Law and Political Science from Birmingham University and was called to the bar in UK in 1981 and is from the Middle Temple. He joined the Crown Law office in Mauritius in 1982 and occupied all higher positions in Attorney General’s Office, including those of Parliamentary Counsel and Acting Director of Public Prosecutions until his appointment as Solicitor-General in 1998. He has since long been elevated to the rank of Senior Counsel and was conferred the G.O.S.K. award by the President earlier this year. He is the Chairperson of the Control and Arbitration Committee of the Mauritius Cane Industry Authority and a member of the Arbitral Tribunal of the Commonwealth Secretariat. He is also the legal adviser of a number of statutory bodies and Government enterprises.
Mr Satyajit Boolell, SC, The Director of Public Prosecutions is on the board of the IJLS. Mr Satyajit Boolell was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions for Mauritius in February 2009 after a long career at the Attorney General Office where he had served as Assistant Solicitor General and Parliamentary Counsel respectively. Mr Boolell has represented Government in various negotiations at international level and is a resource person for the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat. He was elected member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors in 2011. He was called to the Bar in England and Wales in 1985 and holds a Master's Degree in law from King's College London and a BA (Hons) Economics from the University of Essex. He is presently the President of Lincoln's Inn Alumni Mauritius. Mr Boolell was appointed Senior Counsel in 2010. As Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Boolell heads an office of over 50 law officers responsible for prosecution services in Mauritius. In 2011, following the enactment of the Asset Recovery Act, the Director was vested with the powers of the Enforcement Authority.
Mr Justice Benjamin Gerard Marie Joseph, Judge, Supreme Court of Mauritius is on the board of the IJLS. He is holder of a “Maitrise en Droit” from the University of Reunion and holder of a Barristers’ Certificate from the Council of Legal Education. He was called to the Bar in Mauritius in February 1991 and joined the Parquet in November same year. He served as magistrate in various District Courts, the Intermediate Court and the Industrial Court. He was appointed as Master and Registrar of the Supreme Court in September 2011 after having served as Deputy Master and Registrar as from February 2011. Between April 2008 and March 2009, he served as President of the Commercial Higher Court Rwanda to adjudicate commercial disputes. He is regular faculty at the University of Mauritius and now for the IJLS for both induction and CPD courses.
Mr. Nicholas Oh San-Bellepeau, Judge, Supreme Court of Mauritius has been appointed to sit on the board of the IJLS since October 2011. Mr Oh San-Bellepeau read law at the University of Buckingham and the University of London, and was engaged in private practice before joining the DPP and Attorney General’s Office between 1994 and 1996. He was then appointed as District Magistrate and subsequently as Senior District Magistrate, and promoted to the Intermediate Court in 2001. In 2007 he was appointed Vice-President of the Civil Division of the Intermediate Court, and subsequently President of the Industrial Court in 2009. He was promoted to the post of Deputy Master and Registrar on the 5th of September 2011. From November 2011 to January 2013 Mr Oh San-Bellepeau acted as the first Director of the IJLS.
Mr. Navin Rama, is on the board of the IJLS. Mr. Rama has been practicing as an Attorney since 1991 and is presently a member of the Council of the Mauritius Law Society as well as a member of the Board of Examiners of the Council for vocational legal education.
Mr. Rajendra Dassyne, President of Chamber of Notaries, is on the board of the IJLS. Mr. Dassyne did his doctorate in sociology from Montpellier, France. He obtained professional notary’s qualifications from the Council of Vocational and Legal Education in Mauritius. He is assessor for the Commission of Enquiry Sale by Levy in Mauritius. Most importantly, he is Secretary General of the International Union of Notaries at Rome, Italy.
Dr. Rajendra Parsad Gunputh, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Mauritius is on the board of the IJLS. Dr. Gunputh did his professional legal education and higher academic education from Paris, France. He is been teaching at the University of Mauritius from past … years. He is member of editorial team of several law journals published in Mauritius. He writes on several issues that touch the subject of Indian Ocean. He is board member of several national level committees like the Environment Appeal Tribunal, National Coordination Committee on issues of human rights and so on. He has wide administrative experience in academic world.
Committees (Accreditation and IJLS Venue)
The Committee functions under the chairmanship of Mr Justice B. G. Marie Joseph and includes following members:
• Mr Justice B Marie Joseph, Chairperson
• Mr B Madhub, Committee Member
• Mr Navin Rama, Committee Member
• Mr R Dassyne, Committee Member
• Mr Raymond Marrier D'Unienville, Q.C, Committee Member
The Committee reports to the Board which has final authority on accreditation matters. Accreditation Committee decisions dated 26 November 2014 are:
• Recommendation made to the IJLS Board for accreditation up to 6 hours for activities
organized by the regulatory bodies for their members.
• Recommendation made to the IJLS Board for awarding double number of hours to
practitioners who conduct the courses.
Ms MOKSHDA PERTAUB has read law from LSE( LLB with French Law),UK and Maitrise en Droit Francais ( specialisation droits humains et droit comparatif) from Univ. d'Aix-Marseille III, France. She did her Bar Finals from Vocational Council of Legal Education Mauritius where she came out national rank 3rd and topped in Criminal law ( Award Fernand Boulan Memorial Prize). She did her pupillage in UK ( 4 Pump Court, Inner Temple), France( Cabinet Cazeres et Pinatel, Aix en Provence) and Mauritius under Sanjay Bhuckory SC and Naren Appa Jala, attorney at Law. She was called to the Mauritian Bar in January 1998 then worked as defence counsel. She also taught law since 1996 as a part-time lecturer at the University of Mauritius and other law institutions catering for Univ. of London External LLB programmes. She was equally a part-time legal consultant for the Ministry of Women and conducted legal literacy and women empowerment programmes for women at grass-root level.
In 2002, she joined the State Law Office as State Counsel, working mainly for the DPP. She was then deputed to the Judiciary as District Magistrate of Port-Louis and later DM Flacq. She shifted base to India later where she worked as a law faculty for about 6 years As a senior faculty, she has also handled administrative duties as well as international collaborations with foreign universities in the Commonwealth, Europe and BRICS countries. She was instrumental in getting MOUs signed with US universities and negotiating for scholarships for postgraduate legal studies for students.
She has also set up the Amity Centre of Gender Justice in the university to motivate and train students in gender and legal literacy and community outreach. She has organised numerous seminars and workshops and guest lectures related to Human Rights, International Law and Gender and Criminal laws. She has also been called upon as a gender and legal consultant to train the Border Police, Indian Army and Police Academies in India. Her areas of research and publications are global legal education, gender violence and criminal laws. Furthermore, she is a certified corporate trainer in soft skills.
Mr Nitish Toolsee Bissessur, Legal Researcher in IJLS, has read law from the University of Lille 2, France. After successful completion of his ‘ licence en droit privé’ in 2006, he became holder of a ‘Maîtrise en Droit Privé et Sciences Criminelles’ at the Faculty of law and Political Sciences of Lille 2, France in 2009. He also joined ‘L’institut des Etudes Judiciaires’, Lille, where he succeeded with a ‘certificate d’Etudes Pénologiques et Criminelles (CEPC)’ in which he was ‘lauréat de promo’ in European Criminal Law. During his academic career in France, he was a permanent member of the board of legal advisors for the ‘Association des sans papiers de Lille et de Paris’, advising on issues about political asylum during 6 years. He also did an internship in 2 main french law firms in Lille namely ‘Cabinet Gildas et Cabinet Lombard’.
In 2013, he joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions(ODPP) as a Legal Research Officer where he worked under the direct supervision of the Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Satyajit Boolell. At the DPP’s Office, he worked in numerous appeal cases with successful outcomes. He was also in the Editorial Team of the DPP’s monthly Newsletter as well in the sub-editoral committee of the Mauritius Criminal law Review which is an annual publication on behalf of the ODPP.
From 2012 to 2015, he was also a part time lecturer at the University of Technology, Mauritius where he taught Occupational health and safety as well as contract law. In 2015, he left the ODPP to undertake a Graduate Diploma in Law at the University of Law, London Moorgate, United Kingdom with a successful completion in 2016.His areas of research are criminal law,labour law and cybercrimes.
Ms. Aïsha Paraouty, Legal Researcher in IJLS, graduated from the University of Mauritius after successfully completing her Bachelor of Laws in 2014.
In 2015, she joined a French law firm, Kalexius Ltd, as Junior Lawyer. She specialized in Intellectual Property Law, where she intervened on cases of trademark infringement regularly. She also assisted the litigation team on several international cases and was responsible for the drafting of management reports for multinational companies and their subsidiaries. Her list of duties also included the drafting and translation of legal documents.
Officers from the staff of the Judiciary allocated to the Institute of Judicial and Legal Studies (IJLS)
• Mrs Rookminee Devi RAGUDU, Confidential Secretary to the Director of the IJLS
• Miss Genevieve GUITON, Management Support Officer
• Miss Sabrina SOOBRATEE, Management Support Officer
• Ms. Pratima Devi SEECHURN, Office Care Attendant
Officers Currently Serving the Institute of Judicial and Legal Studies (IJLS) over and above normal duties at the Judiciary
• Mr Krishnadutt PITUMBUR, Financial Operations Officer
• Mr Bhoovain PORAN, Financial Operations Examination Officer
• Mrs Premila FOWDAR, Human Resource Executive
• Mr A ARDJOON, Procurement and Supply Officer
• Mr Noorani LALLMOHAMED, Principal Court Officer
• Miss Nancy NEONG SAN, Senior Systems Analyst
• Mrs Kamini DAWOONAUTH, Computer Support Officer