Managing-Partner

Bertha
Cooper-Rousseau

Bertha has been recognised as pioneering efforts for arbitration legislative reform in The Bahamas and alternative dispute resolution capacity building throughout the Caribbean in collaboration with institutions such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (“ICSID”) and the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

Bertha has advised clients for almost three decades on complex corporate, finance, insurance, maritime, real estate, and trust matters, and was counsel for a leading international bank for twelve years.  Most notably, she has been appointed as an arbitrator for several ICSID annulment proceedings

 

Education and qualifications

Certified Investor-State Mediator, Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution

Successful on General Securities Representative Examination (Series 7 exam), US Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

LL.B. (Hons.), University of London

Maritime law, Université de Bretagne Occidentale

B.A. and M.A., Institut Libre d’Etude des Relations Internationales

French language studies, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

 

Admissions

Commonwealth of The Bahamas

England & Wales

The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Languages

English

French

 

Appointments

Commonwealth Lawyers Association, Council member, responsible for the Caribbean and the Americas (2019-2021)

International Bar Association, Officer of the Mediation Committee, Newsletter Editor (2017-2018)

Consultant to The Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services on the legislative and institutional development of international and domestic arbitration in The Bahamas (2015-2016)

Director of The Bahamas Maritime Authority (2012-2016)

 

Panels

Main Panel for Senior Arbitrators & Panel of Emergency Arbitrators, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC).

Arbitrator & Conciliator at The International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), Nominated by the Govt. of The Bahamas.

The Insurance Commission of The Bahamas Arbitral Tribunal

British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre Panel of Arbitrators

Selected as one of fifteen arbitrators pursuant to CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement

International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes Panels of Conciliators and Arbitrators

 

Affiliations and membership

London Maritime Arbitrators Association (LMAA)

Miami International Arbitration Society (MIAS)

International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)

Founding Member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (Bahamas)

International Bar Association (IBA)

Master of the Bench at The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple

Founding Chair of The Bahamas Chapter & Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA)

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)

Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association, (WISTA) – Bahamas Chapter Vice President

Academy for Professional Family Mediators (APFM)