Education and Achievements

Awarded a Government Scholarship to Mico Training College in Jamaica and taught as a Headmaster before going to the United Kingdom to volunteer for the Royal Air Force. Trained at the Officer's training College, RAF Cranwell.

1941-1945 - Flew as a member of the aircrew over Europe with Bomber Command. Awarded several war decorations as a Flight Lieutenant in active combat.

Attended the famous 5th Pan-African Congress in Manchester, England as an active participant.


Entered Oxford University as Jamaica's Rhodes Scholar. Graduated with MA in Jurisprudence and later obtained a BCL (Bachelor of Civil Law).

1950 - Called to the Bar in London from Gray's Inn.

Did tutelage with Sir Dingle Foote, QC (Subsequently Solicitor General of the United Kingdom) and appeared with him before the Privy Council.

1953 - Practiced as a Barrister-at law in the East - including Tanganyika and Kenya, where he was part of the international team defending Jomo Kenyatta (along with H.O.A. Davis of Nigeria; D. N. Pritt QC and others.

Also practiced in Trinidad, Barbados, St. Kitts, Dominica, The Bahamas, Grenada and elsewhere in the West Indies.

1962 - Became President of the Jamaica Bar Association for many years.

1963 - Appointed a Queen's Council (SAN)

Played an effective role in the independence movement of both Belize and Bahamas

Was a Member of both the Senate of Jamaica and the Leader of Government Business in the House and later a Member of the House of Representatives.

Occupied in turn the Cabinet posts of Minister of Foreign Affaris; National Security and Minister of Mines and Natural Resources, where he renegotiated the contracts with the bauxite and alumina multinationals and played a leading role in Jamaica's part in the formation of the International Bauxite Association.

Awarded the Order of Jamaica, one of Jamaica's most prestigious decorations, for distinguished service in the field of International Affairs and his contribution to the legal developments in Jamaica.

Was Jamaica's chief representative in the conferences on the Law of the Sea. Was personally responsible for securing Jamaica as the premanent site for the International Seabed Authority in Kingston.

Led Jamaica's delegation to many international conferences, including the United Nations and the Organization of American States for many years.

Responsible for introducing the Ombudsman to Jamaica

Was awarded the Mico Old Students' gold Medal - the most prestigious teacher's award.

Regarded as an intellectual and long standing Pan-Africanist, a friend and colleague of George Padmore, Kwame Nkrumah, C.L.R. James, Julius Nyerre and M.K.O. Abiola

Awarded a medal by the OAU as a "Legend Of Africa".



Up to the time of appointment as Ambassador to Nigeria, Ghana and other African countries he was President of the Rhodes Scholars Society of Jamaica.

1992 - Empanelled as member of the Group of Eminent Persons, which is charged with implementing the Movement for Reparations to Africa and the Diaspora as a result of slavery and its effect. This Movement is under the auspices othe OAU. At present he is the Rapporteur of the GEP.

2008 - President WADU World Africa Diaspora Union and Umbrella Association.



Hon. Dudley J. Thompson, OJ, QC, M.A. (Oxon.), B.C.L.

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