Dr. Delroy Beckford is an Attorney-at-Law with practice interests in trade remedies, customs, and international economic law. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Beckford is also a Research Fellow at the Division of Global Affairs, Centre for Law and Justice, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, and Co-Founder of the Global Trade Law and Development Centre. He was appointed Senior Legal Counsel in June 2007. Dr. Beckford is a Member of the Jamaican Bar Association and a Member of the American Society of International Law, where he is a Contributing Editor to its publication, International Legal Materials.
A past student of Jamaica College, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science at the University of the West Indies in 1992, and in 1994 he completed a Bachelor of Laws degree, also at the University of the West Indies. In 2000, he completed his Master’s degree in international commercial law at the Columbia University School of Law in New York, and in 2007 a Ph.D. in Global Affairs (specializing in International Economic Law) at the Division of Global Affairs, Centre for Law and Justice, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, U.SA.
Prior to joining the Fair Trading Commission, Dr. Beckford worked as Legal Counsel to the Jamaica Customs Department, Litigation Associate at Dunn Cox, Group Legal Counsel to Caricom Investments Limited, Senior Legal Counsel to the Anti-dumping and Subsidies Commission, and has lectured at the University of the West Indies in public international law and the law of international economic development. His research interests include international business transactions law and the law relating to the World Trade Organization. His dissertation entitled “The Appellate Body’s Interpretation of Trade Remedy Agreements: Exploring the Relationship between Judicial Activism and Power Asymmetries“, examines the extent to which Appellate Body decisions that may be characterized as activist are attributable to power configurations within trade remedy disputes. Dr. Beckford is the author of the book Power and Judicial Activism in the WTO: The Appellate Body’s Interpretation of Trade Remedy Agreements.