Dr Jason Haynes

Dr Jason Haynes

Birmingham Law School
Associate Professor of Law

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Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Haynes joined Birmingham Law School in 2022, having previously served as Senior Lecturer in Law and Deputy Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Barbados. Before joining the UWI Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, he was a Lecturer in Law at the UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica, and also taught at Durham Law School. He qualified as a Barrister/Solicitor, and served as Senior Legal Officer jointly for the US Embassy and British High Commission (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) in Barbados, and was Secretary General of the Arbitration and Mediation Court of the Caribbean. His Judicial Clerkship was completed at the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal in St Lucia.

He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and an Academic Fellow of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. He was an O’Brien Fellow in Residence at McGill University.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Durham University
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, Durham University
  • Master of Laws (Distinction), University of Nottingham
  • Legal Education Certificate, Norman Manley Law School
  • Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours), University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados
  • Mediator, CEDR
  • Arbitrator, CIArb


Dr Haynes obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree with First Class Honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados on a National Scholarship from the State of St Vincent and the Grenadines. He thereafter completed his Master of Laws with Distinction at the University of Nottingham on a British Chevening Scholarship, followed by the PhD at Durham University on a Commonwealth Scholarship. He returned to the Caribbean to qualify as a Barrister/Solicitor at the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica.

He has served as a Legal Consultant to several governments and international organisations, including the Governments of Canada, Jamaica, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines, the American Bar Association (Rule of Law Initiative), the British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and European Union (EDF Programme), the World Bank and the Caribbean Association of National Olympic Committees (CANOC). He has also provided expert advice to various governments and international organisations, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), USAID, and INTERPOL.

He drafted the Protection of Persons with Disability Bills for Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines; as well as the IOM’s Model Legislation on Migrant Smuggling; and the American Bar Association’s Guide for Judges and Prosecutors on Human Trafficking. In his capacity as National Rapporteur on Contemporary Slavery for the International Academy of Comparative Law, he drafted the Report on the continuities and discontinuities between historic and contemporary forms of slavery in the Caribbean. As a member of the Sentencing Advisory Committee, Dr Haynes, along with leading Judges from the Caribbean and UK, also drafted Sentencing Guidelines for the nine Eastern Caribbean countries that are under the jurisdiction of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

His research has been cited with approval by, inter alia, the Council of Europe Group of Experts on Trafficking in Human Beings (GRETA), the Caribbean Association of Judicial Officers (CAJO), and the Irish Council for Civil Liberties. His book, Caribbean Anti-Trafficking Law and Practice (Hart: Oxford, 2019) is widely used by law enforcement, judicial officers, prosecutors, and policy makers, while his co-authored book, Commonwealth Caribbean Sports Law (Routledge, 2020), has informed the operational policies of several sporting federations in the Caribbean, and is a key point of reference in the resolution of sporting disputes between athletes and sporting federations.

His research on human trafficking won the UNESCO/Juan Bosch Prize for Outstanding Contribution to Social Science Research in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2022.

He retains an active interest in sport, having previously captained the Ustinov College Cricket Club while at Durham University. He presently serves as a Commissioner on the Commonwealth Games Commission’s Ethics Commission; a member of Cricket West Indies Governance and Transformation Committee; and is a member of the Disciplinary Committee of the Windward Islands Cricket Board.  


  • Global Law and Globalisation
  • Human Rights and Criminal Justice
  • Public Law
  • Decolonising Legal Concepts

Postgraduate supervision

Anti-Human Trafficking Law
International Investment Law
Sports Law

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Dr Haynes’ research challenges the asymmetries in anti-trafficking law, international investment law and sports law that operate to oppress and marginalise vulnerable communities, including victims of human trafficking, indigenous/Third World communities, and sports people. He also explores the emancipatory potential of the law through the lens of decolonial studies, intersectionality theory, TWAIL, and Feminist theory. 


Recent publications


Haynes, J 2023, 'Human Trafficking: Iconic Victims, Folk Devils and the Nationality and Borders Act 2022', Modern Law Review, vol. 86, no. 5, pp. 1232-1264. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-2230.12814

Haynes, J 2023, 'Paradoxes and Anomalies in Caribbean Anti-Trafficking Law and Practice', Journal of Global South Studies, vol. 40, no. 1, pp. 145-172. https://doi.org/10.1353/jgss.2023.0007

Haynes, J 2023, 'Reforming the bilateral investment treaty landscape in the Caribbean region: a clarion call', ICSID Review, vol. 38, no. 1, siab019, pp. 72-112. https://doi.org/10.1093/icsidreview/siab019

Haynes, J 2023, 'Revisiting the relationship between human trafficking and diplomatic immunity', Law Quarterly Review, vol. 139, no. 1, pp. 204-210.

Haynes, J 2023, 'The Functions of the Principle of Human Dignity in Anti-Trafficking Adjudication', Law & Justice: The Christian Law Review, no. 190. <http://www.lawandjustice.org.uk/LJabstracts.htm#190_4>

Haynes, J & Hippolyte, A 2023, 'The coloniality of international investment law in the Commonwealth Caribbean', International & Comparative Law Quarterly, vol. 72, no. 1, pp. 105-145. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0020589322000495

Haynes, J 2022, 'Sports, sexual violence and the law: a feminist critique and call to action', International Sports Law Journal, vol. 2022. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40318-022-00230-5

Haynes, J 2022, 'The constitutional limits of anti-trafficking norms in the Commonwealth Caribbean', Anti-Trafficking Review, vol. 18, no. 18, pp. 139–158. https://doi.org/10.14197/atr.201222189

Haynes, J 2022, 'The death of judicial review of sporting bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean', International Sports Law Journal, vol. 22, no. 1, pp. 33–50. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40318-021-00196-w

Haynes, J 2022, 'The indefensible demise of Caster Semenya and the danger of a single story', Sports Law and Taxation, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 18-23.

Haynes, J 2021, 'Social justice movements and the neutrality of sport: the case for re-defining the ‘no disrepute’ clause', International Sports Law Review.

Haynes, J & Hippolyte, A 2021, 'The Covid-19 pandemic and the potential for investor-state claims: a Caribbean perspective', Oxford University Commonwealth Law Journal, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 212-249. https://doi.org/10.1080/14729342.2021.1984722

Haynes, J 2021, 'The Emergence of the Rule of Law as a General Principle of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Law', Journal of Eastern Caribbean Studies, vol. 46, no. 1/2, pp. 91-118.

Haynes, J 2021, 'The Fortress Character of the force majeure clause in sports contracts', Sports Law and Taxation, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 9-17.

Haynes, J 2021, 'The contribution of Caribbean ISDS jurisprudence to international investment law's ongoing legitimacy project', Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 205-237. <https://www.electronicpublications.org/stuff/832>

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