Gracita Arrindell (centre) with Michigan State University students at USM.
PHILIPSBURG–Students from Michigan State University (MSU) and Professor Steven Bow along with exchange programme assistant Linda Bow are visiting St. Maarten as part of their comparative law studies.
Former Parliament Chairwoman Gracita Arrindell is assisting the students and the University representatives with the exchange programme. She said it was exciting to again welcome students and officials from MSU to the country and share the information about the constitutional history and legal system within the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
The university team will visit the Courthouse and the Police Department, and will meet with the Prosecutor’s Office among others.
The students hail from very diverse backgrounds and were very interested in learning about how the islands function as autonomous constitutional entities within the Kingdom.
“This experience is a two-way street. The students learn about our constitutional and legal system, how it applies to our daily lives, and hopefully return back home with a better understanding and appreciation of this part of the world. On the other hand, the exchange reminds us as well that we do have our own positive experiences to share,” said Arrindell.
The Bows visited St. Maarten a few years ago with a group of students and Arrindell was asked to conduct a two-hour lecture as part of their curriculum which included field trips to Barbados, US Virgin Islands and St. Maarten. A similar lecture was given to the students on Monday at University of St. Martin (USM).
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/64030-msu-students-visit-on-comparative-law-trip