SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) — In an effort to increase awareness and understanding of good governance as well as stimulate the discussion amongst our population in the hope of promoting active citizenry, the Council of Advice extends an invitation to the general public to an upcoming lecture titled “The Separation of Powers: an elucidation on the theory and the practice in our system of governing”.
The separation of powers is a theory of governing where the powers (e.g. Parliament (Legislative), Government (Executive) and the Court (Judicial)) are independently structured in order to prevent the abuse of power.
These powers function independently yet are dependent on each other for the proper functioning of Government.
During this lecture our speakers will highlight the theory of the separation of powers in its purest form and also delve into the practical aspects of the separation of powers, such as the instances where these independent powers overlap. The speakers for this lecture will be Dr. Nilda Arduin and Mr. Reynold Groeneveldt, LL.M.
Dr. Arduin started her law career in 1988 and obtained her PhD in Law in 1993 in The Netherlands. After the constitutional reform within the Dutch Kingdom in October 2010, Dr. Arduin became the first Ombudsman of Sint Maarten.
Mr. Groeneveldt has been practicing Law since 1995 and has served as the Acting Lieutenant Governor of Sint Maarten in 2010. He was subsequently appointed by Royal Decree of September 20th, 2010 as the Deputy Governor of Sint Maarten.