The Honourable Mr. Justice Denys Arthur Barrow, MBE
Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice
The Honourable Mr. Justice Denys Arthur Barrow is a judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).
Early life and education
Denys Athur Barrow, a citizen of Belize, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Laws and received a Legal Education Certificate from the Norman Manley Law School. He was admitted to the practice of law in Belize in 1977 and embarked on a career in private practice. In 1990, Mr. Justice Barrow was elevated to Senior Counsel and went on to start his own law firm “Barrow and Company”.
Mr. Justice Barrow’s judicial career included service as High Court Judge in St. Lucia, Grenada, Belize and the British Virgin Islands between 2001 and 2005, Justice of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court from 2005 to 2008 and Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal of Belize from 2010 to 2012.
For nine years beginning in 2005 he served annually in Geneva, Switzerland as a member and then rapporteur of the International Labour Organisation’s Committee of Experts responsible for monitoring the application of international conventions on labour and human rights law. Members of the Committee are selected from across the world from among persons who have distinguished themselves as judges and professors of law.
The Honourable Mr. Justice Denys Barrow was appointed Judge of the CCJ on 1 June 2017 and became the first Belizean to be sworn in to the CCJ bench.
Honours and awards
In 2007, Mr. Justice Barrow was selected by the Belize Bar Association for its prestigious Custos Justitiae Award for excellence in the practice of law. In 2012, he was awarded the insignia for Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his distinguished service to Belize and the field of law.