Arthur N.R. Robinson
President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, His Excellency
Arthur Napoleon Raymond TC., OCC., SC, was elected to office on
Friday 14th February, 1997 and sworn in as President on Tuesday 18th
March, 1997. Mr Robinson was born in Calder Hall, Tobago on December 16,
1926. Mr Robinson earned a Cambridge Higher School Certificate while at
the Bishop's High School, Tobago and later obtained a Bachelor of Laws
degree as an external student of the University of London. He was called
to the Bar of Inner Temple, England in 1951 and subsequently obtained a
Master of Arts Degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St
John's College, Oxford.
Mr Robinson has had a long and distinguished
political career. He was a founding member of the People's National
Movement (PNM), the Democratic Action Congress (DAC) and the National
Alliance for Reconstruction (NAR). Mr. Robinson represented Trinidad and
Tobago in the Federal Parliament from 1958 to 1960 and was the first
Minister of Finance of newly independent Trinidad and Tobago in 1961. He
also served as Minister of External Affairs and acted as Attorney
General. He was Chairman, Tobago House of Assembly from 1980 to 1986.
After the NAR won the 1986 General Elections, Mr
Robinson assumed office as Prime Minister, a position he held until
1991. Mr Robinson has represented the constituency of Tobago East in the
House of Representatives since 1961 and held the office of Minister
Extraordinaire and Tobago Affairs as part of UNC/NAR coalition
government from November 1995 up until his election as President.
Mr Robinson's political experience also extends
to international matters. He has been involved in the establishment of
the International Criminal Court since 1972 serving as Consultant and
Executive Director of the Foundation. In 1977, he was the recipient of
an International Criminal Law Award from the Foundation. Mr Robinson was
a member of the United Nations Expert Group on Crime and the Abuse of
Power in 1979.
Mr Robinson has written numerous articles and
presented many speeches including "Mechanics of Independence."
A selection of his articles and speeches for the period 1960 to 1986 has
been published under the title "Caribbean Man" (1986).
Mr Robinson is married to the former Patricia
Rawlins and they have two children.