Barbuda, Paradise Lost? John Macdonald QC takes on Robert De Niro

4th May 2016

Barbuda is the sister island of Antigua. Together they form the twin state of Antigua and Barbuda. The K Club on Barbuda was a favourite destination of Princess Diana when she wanted to escape for a holiday in the Carribean. Today Robert De Niro and Kerry Packer want to take over the old K Club and a further 300 acres of prime land in Barbuda for a massive development. The Labour Party government in Antigua has passed legislation, the Paradise Found Act 2015, facilitating the development and brushing aside the rights of the inhabitants of Barbuda. Barbuda has an unusual land law. Land in Barbuda is owned in common by the people of Barbuda. This was confirmed by the Barbuda Land Act of 2007.

Over a hundered inhabitants of Barbuda are not taking Robert De Niro's attempt to acquire a large part of the island lying down. John Macdonald QC has been instructed to settle proceedings alleging that the Paradise Found Act 2015 is unconstitutional. The Act has the effect of compulsorily acquiring property belonging to the people of Barbuda for private profit. The Constitution does not allow this. At stake is the future character of the island. For hundreds of years the Barbudans have largely looked after themselves and have maintained the character of the island. Will they be able to continue to do so? Watch this space...

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