The Grenada Revolution Online

Bibliography of the Grenada Revolution
Legal Matters

Legalities and illegalities surrounded events of the Grenada Revolution. There were questions related to international law and the decision to land American troops in Grenada. The justice rendered in the Maurice Bishop Murder trial of the Grenada 17 has been challenged. The 'People's Laws' enacted between 1979-1983 by the People's Revolutionary Government (PRG) provide the basis for enactment of procedures and events. The issue of constitutional reform has bearing on the foundation of law in Grenada.

Amnesty International, News Release, 2003: Grenada: 20 years on, time to remedy unfair trial of Grenada 17

Amnesty International, Report, 2003: Grenada: The Grenada 17: the last of the cold war prisoners?

Beck, Robert Joseph, Grenada Invasion: Politics, Law and Foreign Policy, Westview Press, ©1993

Beck, Robert Joseph, "International Law and the Decision to Invade Grenada,” The Virginia Journal of International Law, Summer, 1993

Beck, Robert Joseph, "The 'McNeil Mission' and the Decision to Invade Grenada,” Naval War College Review, Spring, 1991

Boyle, Francis A. and seven other US law professors: Abram Chayes, Isaak Dore, Richard Falk, Martin Feinrider, C. Clyde Ferguson Jr., J. David Fine, Keith Nunes, Burns Weston, “International Lawlessness in Grenada,” American Journal of International Law, January, 1984

Coard, Bernard, "‘Justice in Grenada is on Trial’, Statement of Bernard Coard, at the Kangaroo Trial of the Political Leadership and Soldiers of the Grenada Revolution 13-20 August, 1986, Friends for Jamaica, Caribbean Newsletter, 1986

Davidson, J. Scott, Grenada: A Study in Politics and the Limits of International Law, Gower Publishing Company Ltd, ©1987, 1986

Deosaran, Ramesh, ed., The Grenada File: The Media, Law and Politics (articles by Ramesh Deosaran, Sir Archibald Nedd, J.O.F. Haynes, Ian Ramsey, Randolph McIntosh, Lloyd Noel and David Adler), Extra-Mural Publications, University of the West Indies, Trinidad, ©June 1989

Dieguez, Richard P., "The Grenada Intervention: 'Illegal' in Form, Sound as Policy," International Law and Politics, Summer, 1984

Friends for Jamaica, The Frame-Up of Cecil Prime: Five Years of Crimes Against a Grenadian Patriot, ©Friends for Jamaica, 1989

Friends for Jamaica, The Side You Have Not Heard: The Maurice Bishop Murder Trial (Parts 1 & 2), Friends for Jamaica, 1987

Gifford, Tony, The Grenada Murder Trial: No Case for Hanging, Committee for Human Rights in Grenada, London, 1987

Gordon, Edward, et al, "International Law and the United States Action in Grenada: A Report", International Lawyer, Vol. 18, No. 2 Spring 1984

Gosselin, Daniel, Jus ad Bellum and the 1983 Grenada Invasion: The Limits of International Law, Department of National Defense, Canadian Forces College, ©1998

Government of Grenada, People's Law, Interim Government Proclamations and Ordinances, Confirmation of Validity Act, 1985 (Act No. 1 of 1985), Government Printing Office

Government of Grenada, The People's Laws 1979 [1980], [1981], [1982] and [1983], Government Printing Office

Grenadians for the Truth About October 1983, The Conduct of the Grenadian Judiciary Since the 1983 U.S. Invasion, nd.

Hart, W. Richard, The Grenada Trial: A Travesty of Justice, Foundation for Phyllis Coard; Gentle Printers Jamaica, 1996

Jarvis, Robin, ed., "Bishop Trial Report," A special Nation publication, 1986

Joyner, Christopher C., Moore, John Norton and Detlev F. Vagts, “Reflections on the Lawfulness of Invasion,” American Journal of International Law, January, 1984

McIntosh, Simeon C.R., Caribbean Constitutional Reform: Rethinking West Indian Polity, The Caribbean Law Publishing Company, © Simeon McIntosh, 2002

McIntosh, Simeon C.R., "“Kelsen in the ‘Grenada Court’: Revolutionary Legality Revisited," Caribbean Law Review, June, 1995

Moore, John Norton, "Law and the Grenada Mission," University of Virginia Law School, ©1984

Nedd, Archibald [Sir], The Grenada Revolution, the Supreme Court and the Doctrine of Necessity. Presentation Address [at] the Council of Legal Education, Hugh Wooding Law School, St. Augustine, Trinidad [on] Saturday, October 12, 1984, UWI, Council of Legal Education, Trinidad, 1985

Robinson, Davis R., "Letter from the Legal Adviser, United States Department of State" [to Prof. Edward Gordon, Chairman, Committee on Grenada, Section on International Law and Practice, American Bar Association, February 10, 1984]", International Lawyer, Vol. 18, No. 2 Spring 1984

Vagts, Detlev F., "“International Law Under Time Pressure: Grading the Grenada Take-Home Examination,” American Journal of International Law, January, 1984


You can link on this site to

The People's Laws

People's Laws of 1979

People's Laws of 1980

People's Laws of 1981

People's Laws of 1982

People's Laws of 1983

Check out the current 1973 Grenada Constitution

Constitution of Grenada


Bibliography of the Grenada Revolution
Bibliography of the Grenada Revolution - Maurice Bishop Library
Bibliography of the Grenada Revolution - NJM Research Library
Bibliography of the Grenada Revolution - Political Study Groups - The PRG Years
Bibliography of the Grenada Revolution - Political Study Groups - The Early Years


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