Legal Division

Legal Affairs Division (LAD) – Amb. Stan Smith

  • Law of the Sea
  • Maritime Law and coordination on maritime issues
  • Security issues, Fight against Terrorism, Fight against Trafficking in persons, drug control, crime, corruption, money laundering, etc
  • Human rights and humanitarian issues
  • Migration, Refugees and Asylum Applications
  • Legal Issues
  • Extradition
  • Mutual Legal Assistance
  • Prisoner Transfers
  • Processing of child abduction cases pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of Child Abduction
  • Assistance to foreign nationals in distress in The Bahamas including consular notification, in coordination with the Consular Division where necessary
  • Treaties – Negotiation and signature, ratification or accession (Bilateral and Multilateral)
  • Coordination, in conjunction with subject Ministries of reports mandated by international organizations/treaties, in particular the Office of the Attorney General and the Ministry National Security
  • Cataloguing and maintenance of The Bahamas Treaty Register
  • Liaison with relevant entities on Search and Rescue operations and illegal migrant flows
  • Flight/ship clearances
  • Preparation of Credentials
  • Processing, in conjunction with the Bahamas Maritime Authority, of complaints by foreign Governments of alleged violations of international Maritime Treaties by Bahamian registered vessels