Nicholas Liverpool

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Nicholas Liverpool
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6th President of Dominica
In office
2 October 2003 17 September 2012
Prime Minister Pierre Charles
Osborne Riviere (Acting)
Roosevelt Skerrit
Preceded by Vernon Shaw
Succeeded by Eliud Williams
Personal details
Nicholas Joseph Orville Liverpool

(1934-09-09)9 September 1934
Grand Bay, British Leeward Islands
Died1 June 2015(2015-06-01) (aged 80)
Miami, Florida, U.S.
Resting placeGrand Bay Roman Catholic Church Cemetery
Political party Independent
Spouse(s)Verna Liverpool
Alma mater University of Hull
City Law School
University of Sheffield

Nicholas Joseph Orville Liverpool (9 September 1934 – 1 June 2015) was a politician and jurist from Dominica who served as the sixth President of Dominica from 2 October 2003 to 17 September 2012.

Dominica country in the Caribbean

Dominica, officially the Commonwealth of Dominica, is an island country in the West Indies. The capital, Roseau, is located on the western side of the island. It is part of the Windward Islands in the Lesser Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. The island is located near Guadeloupe to the northwest and Martinique to the south-southeast. Its area is 750 km2 (290 sq mi), and the highest point is Morne Diablotins, at 1,447 m (4,747 ft) in elevation. The population was 71,293 at the 2011 census. The Commonwealth of Dominica is one of the Caribbean's few republics.



In 1957, Liverpool entered the University of Hull and obtained an LL.B (Hons.) degree in 1960. He was called to the bar at Inner Temple in 1961. He received a Ph.D degree from University of Sheffield in 1965. [1] After returning to the Caribbean, he spent 18 years as a law lecturer at the University of the West Indies in Barbados and in 1992 became dean of its law school. He served as a regional judge and then an appeal court judge in several countries in the Caribbean including Belize and Grenada. He also served as a high court judge in Antigua and Montserrat and served on a number of tribunals and commissions for legal reform. In 2002 he was chairman of the constitutional review commission for Grenada. [2] The University of Hull awarded him a degree of Doctor of Laws in July 2011. [3]

University of Hull university in Kingston upon Hull, England

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The Bachelor of Laws is an undergraduate degree in law originating in England and offered in Japan and most common law jurisdictions—except the United States and Canada—as the degree which allows a person to become a lawyer. It historically served this purpose in the U.S. as well, but was phased out in the mid-1960s in favor of the Juris Doctor degree, and Canada followed suit.

Inner Temple one of the four Inns of Court in London, England

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, commonly known as Inner Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court in London. To be called to the Bar and practise as a barrister in England and Wales, a person must belong to one of these Inns. It is located in the wider Temple area of the capital, near the Royal Courts of Justice, and within the City of London.

Liverpool became Ambassador to the United States in March 1998, [4] serving in that capacity until 2001. [5]

United States Federal republic in North America

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In the same year as elected president, Liverpool was awarded the Dominica Award of Honour. Between 2002 and 2003 he also served as a Member of the UNESCO governing board. In July 2008 he agreed to serve a second term as President upon the expiration of his first term, following a joint nomination by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit and Opposition Leader Earl Williams. [6]

The Dominica Award of Honour is an award of the Commonwealth of Dominica. Created in 1967, it is the highest honour presented by the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica on behalf of the state.

Prime Minister of Dominica

The Prime Minister of Dominica is the head of government in the Commonwealth of Dominica. Nominally, the position was created on November 3, 1978 when Dominica gained independence from the United Kingdom. Hitherto, the position existed de facto as Premier.

Roosevelt Skerrit Prime Minister of Dominica

Roosevelt Skerrit is a Dominican politician who has been Prime Minister of Dominica since 2004; he has also been the Member of Parliament for the Vieille Case constituency since 2000. Regionally, he has served as the chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and most recently as chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in 2010.

Nicholas Liverpool died on 1 June 2015 in Miami, Florida, where he was receiving medical treatment. He was 80 years old. [7]

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  1. "Curriculum Vitae of Dr. N.J.O. Liverpool, D.A.H. President of the Commonwealth of Dominica" Archived 28 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine , President's Office. Accessed 26 July 2008.
  2. Turner, Barry, eds. The Statesman's Yearbook 2010: The Politics, Cultures And Economies Of The World. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, p. 405.
  3. "His Excellency Dr Nicholas Liverpool DAH, OCC". University of Hull. 6 May 2015. Archived from the original on 11 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  4. List of Dominican ambassadors to the United States , U.S. State Department website.
  5. "His Excellency Dr. Nicholas J. O. Liverpool D.A.H. O.C.C." Office of the President of Dominica.
  6. "Dominica's president to serve second term" [ permanent dead link ],, 26 July 2008.
  7. "Former head of state dies". Jamaica Observer. 1 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.
  9. "More condolence messages for Dr Liverpool". Dominica Vibes. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 7 June 2015.


  1. In 2012 Liverpool was awarded and invested by HRH The Duke of Castro as a Knight Grand Cross with Gold Star of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George in recognition to his contribution to law and Catholic Life and served from 2014 as Vice Delegate for Dominica for the Order.
Political offices
Preceded by
Vernon Shaw
President of Dominica
Succeeded by
Eliud Williams