Dr Derek O’Brien studied English and Philosophy at Leeds University before converting to law by studying for the Common Professional Examination and Solicitors Finals Examination at the College of Law. He qualified as a solicitor in 1985 and worked for a number of years as a solicitor in private practice before taking up a lecturing position at the University of Westminster in 1992. After a sabbatical at the Cayman Islands Law School he joined the Law Department at Oxford Brookes in 2002. His main research area is the constitutional law of the Commonwealth Caribbean and the constitutional implication of economic integration within this region. In addition he is interested in the operation of legal systems within small jurisdictions and is one of the founding members of the small jurisdictions project at Oxford Brookes.