Dr. Carlyle Corbin, who is speaking on “Contemporary Colonialism and the Challenge to Caribbean Integration,” is an international advisor on governance and multilateral diplomacy. He is the former Minister of State for External Affairs of the U.S. Virgin Islands Government, and the territory’s representative to various United Nations’ bodies.
Dr. Corbin presently serves as the Executive Secretary of the Council of Presidents of the United Nations General Assembly. He has worked as a United Nations’
expert on self-determination and governance for over two decades, and as a U.N. Development Programme expert on governance, serving in this capacity with respect to Bermuda and to the Turks and Caicos Islands. He has served as the constitutional advisor to the Anguilla Constitutional and Electoral Reform Committee, and as the international governance advisor to the US Virgin Islands Fifth Constitutional Convention. He has similarly functioned as member of the US Virgin Islands Political Status Commission.
In addition, Dr. Corbin has served as political advisor to successive chairs of the U.N. Special Committee on Decolonisation, and Secretary-General of the Offshore Governors’ Forum (OGF), comprising the governments of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. He is a former member of the Editorial Board of Caribbean Perspectives, a Journal of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI), and is on the faculty of the UVI Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean.
He has lectured internationally on governance, political development and multilateral diplomacy, and is the author of two United Nations studies on the participation of territories in the UN system and another four UN studies on various aspects of global governance. He has also authored four books and numerous scholarly articles on political and constitutional advancement. His book chapters include:
“Direct Participation of Non-Independent Caribbean Countries in the United Nations,” in the book Islands at the Crossroads: Politics in the Non-Independent Caribbean (Ian Randle, Jamaica, 2001).
“A View of the Metropole,” in the book Governance in the Non-Independent Caribbean (Ian Randle Publishers, Jamaica, 2009).
“Dependency Governance and Future Political Development in the Non-Independent Caribbean,” in the book The Diplomacies of Small States (Palgrave Macmillan, United Kingdom, 2009).
He is the Senior Editor of Overseas Territories Review and Overseas Territories Journal, respectively, and Editor of the forthcoming book, “Toward a Full Measure of Self-Government,” a selection of addresses by U.S. Virgin Islands Governor Alexander A. Farrelly (1987-1994).