ISPCAN 1st Caribbean Regional Conference – Master Class 2018-08-15T14:35:14+00:00

Master Class


The Master Class provides the opportunity to spend a day with leaders in the field of child protection, hear their extensive and seasoned experience on a spectrum of topics, gain knowledge that will improve practice for clinicians and assist in formulating and implementing best practices.  The experience is enriched by the opportunity to interact with the presenters in a formal and informal manner.


Trending Topics in Child Protection


Co-Chairs Kevin Lalor and Diana Shaw will open the session with a welcome address and introduction to the Master Class.  International and Caribbean industry experts Dr. David Finkelhor, Dr. Manfred Nowak and Justice Rajnauth-Leewill address latest research, trends, innovations and their experiences regarding child abuse and neglect prevention.  Enjoy informal interactive discussions with the experts, work group application and large group discussions.  Learn best practices and new ideas to bring back and apply to child protection initiatives in your community. 

Morning coffee/tea refreshment breaks and lunch provided.  The Master Class will convene at 8:30am and adjourn at 4:00pm.


Dr. David Finkelhor

Director, Crimes Against Children Research Center, Co-Director, Family Research Laboratory

Professor of Sociology, University of New Hampshire

David Finkelhor is the Director of the Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire. He has been studying the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence since 1977. He is well known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has also written about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer violence and other forms of family violence. In his recent work, he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. He is editor and author of 11 books and over 150 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers

Dr. Manfred Nowak

Human Rights Lawyer, Secretary General, European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization,

Professor and Scientific Director, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights

Professor, Constitutional and International Law and Human Rights, Vienna University

Dr. Manfred Nowak is an Austrian human rights lawyer, who served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture from 2004 to 2010. He is Secretary General of the European Inter-University Center for Human Rights and Democratization (EIUC) in Venice, Italy; Professor of International Human Rights and Scientific Director of the Vienna Master of Arts in Human Rights and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights and a former judge at the Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 2016, he was appointed Independent Expert leading the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.

Since 2016, he is the Secretary General of EIUC in Venice, Italy, which is responsible for the Global Campus of Human Rights with seven Master programs in all world regions and many other activities in the field of human rights and democracy education. He regularly teaches at various other universities, including the American University in Washington, DC.

As United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, Nowak was one of the five authors of a United Nations report on the detention of captives at the United States naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba (2006) and one of four authors of a UN report on secret detention in the fight against terrorism (2010). In 2005, Nowak visited China, claiming that torture remained “widespread” there. He also complained of Chinese officials interfering with his work. In September 2006, he alleged that torture may be more of a problem in Iraq since the Iraq War than under Saddam Hussein‘s regime. Much of the torture, he argued, is carried out by security forcesmilitias and insurgentsFrom 6 to 9 November 2006, he presented at the international panel at Gadjah Mada University for adoption of Yogyakarta Principles and has become one of the 29 signatories. In February 2008, Nowak was a founding member of the ‘Research Platform Human Rights in the European Context’ at the University of Vienna. Nowak is a supporter of the Campaign for the Establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, an organisation which campaigns for democratic reform in the United Nations, and the creation of a more accountable international political system. As internationally renowned expert in the field of human rights, he carried out various independent expert functions for the United Nations, the Council of Europe, the European Union, the OSCE as well as for NGOs and in the corporate sector.

Dr. Nowak is author of more than 600 publication in the field of constitutional, administrative and international law, human rights as well as development studies. In 1994, Dr. Nowak was awarded the UNESCO Prize for the Teaching of Human Rights (honorable mention), in recognition of the outstanding contribution to the development of the teaching of human rights.  In 2007, he received the Bruno Kreisky Prize for Human Rights for outstanding achievements for services to international human rights and the University of Oslo’s Human Rights Award for his “defense of fundamental human rights” in 2013.  In 2014, Dr.  Nowak was honored with the Otto Hahn Peace Medal.  

The Honorable Madame Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee

Judge, Caribbean Court of Justice

Madame Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee, a national of Trinidad and Tobago, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and of the Hugh Wooding Law School with a Legal Education Certificate. She was admitted to the practice of law in Trinidad and Tobago in 1980. Thereafter, she served as State Counsel in the Solicitor General’s Department in Trinidad and Tobago. In 1985, she embarked on a career in private practice.

She was elected to the Council of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago and served for many years as a member and then Vice-Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the Law Association. She was appointed a member of the Advisory Committee to the Rules Committee which was established to report on the introduction to the Civil Proceedings Rules in Trinidad and Tobago.

With effect from the 1 September 2001, Mme. Justice Rajnauth-Lee was appointed a Judge of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago. She presided in the civil courts and on the establishment of the Family Court of Trinidad and Tobago.  Mme. Justice Rajnauth-Lee became the second Judge to sit in that jurisdiction. For several years, she served as a member and then Chairman of the Calendaring and Case Management Committee of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago. She has also served as a member of the Continuity of Operations Planning Committee of the Judiciary. She was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 2012.

Mme. Justice Rajnauth-Lee is a member of the International Association of Women Judges. She was a member of the Steering Committee and now serves as Vice-President of the Caribbean Association of Women Judges. She is Vice-President of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Women Judges. She is also a member of the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers. Mme. Justice Rajnauth-Lee is a certified Mediator and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

The Honourable Mme. Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee was sworn in as Judge of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on Friday, 27 MArch 2015 at a ceremony at the Office of the President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

She is a former Justice of Appeal of the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago.