A native of Jamaica, Merrick holds a B.Sc. degree in Political Science and International Relations, a Masters degree in Comparative Politics and Political Theory and a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of the West Indies.
Mr. Watson also attended the Norman Manley Law School (“NMLS”) where he graduated with the Legal Education Certificate. While at NMLS, he led the Law School’s team to victory at 2010 World Human Rights Moot Court Competition hosted by the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in South Africa. He was selected best speaker in the competition from a field of 38 participating teams.
At law school, Mr. Watson was awarded the Sir Fred Phillips Prize in Law and Legal Systems for best performance in the course. While at NMLS he was awarded the Aubrey Frazer Memorial Prize for best performance in Ethics, Rights and Obligations of the Legal Profession, the World Human Rights Moot Court Competition Prize for representing the Law School, the Hon. Mr., Justice James Kerr, O.J. Memorial Bursary and the Norman Manley Law School Class of 1975 Bursary.
In 2010, Mr. Watson completed an internship at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (Court of Appeal Division) in St. Lucia and was appointed Judicial Assistant at the Court in 2011.
Mr. Watson is the author of the book “Corporate Governance and regulation in an Era of Corruption: Recalibrating Asymmetries in Corporate Power – a Jamaican Perspective” (Lambert Academic Publishing). He has also authored the article “Protecting a Common Humanity: Rethinking the Use of Force for Humanitarian Intervention in Contemporary International Human Rights Law” (The University of the West Indies Student Law Review, Volume 26, April/May 2009, pp. 47 – 100).
Mr. Watson was called to practice in Jamaica and the British Virgin Islands in 2011; The Commonwealth of Dominica, St. Lucia and St. Vincent in 2012; the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis in 2012; and Anguilla, Grenada and Antigua in 2014.