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Rousseau & Cooper Law Firm


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Rousseau & Cooper Law Firm
I practise/work in
  • International Arbitration
  • International Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Bertha Cooper-Rousseau FCIArb
Non-African Country
Non-African Country (Please Specify)
The Bahamas
Country of Birth
If non-African, how do you promote Africans in international arbitration/ADR?
Capacity building initiatives particularly for young arbitrators and senior government officials who are responsible for negotiating investor state treaties/contracts.
Individual Member Profession (see note below)
  • Arbitrator
  • Counsel
  • Mediator/Conciliator
I have not sat as an arbitrator but hold this relevant qualification (see note below)
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
Number of Cases as Co-Arbitrator in international arbitration
Areas of Speciality
  • Construction & Infrastructure
  • Domain Name Disputes
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Finance & Banking
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Commercial Disputes
  • International Investment Disputes
  • Investment law
  • Joint Venture
  • Maritime
  • Public International Law
  • Shipping & Commodities
  • Telecommunications
Degrees/Qualifications, Institutions and Dates Obtained
1992 –1993, The Council of Legal Education, The Inns of Court School of Law, London,England
1987–1991, Bachelor of Laws, University of London, London, England
1983–1985, Studies in Maritime Law (3e Cycle), Université de BretagneOccidentale,Brest,France
1982–1983, Masters in International Relations, Institut Libre d'Etudes des Relations Internationales, Paris, France
1979-1982, Bachelor's in International Relations, Institut Libre d'Etude des Relations
Internationales, Paris, France
1979–1981, Université Paris-Sorbonne, French Language Certificates in Elementary,
Intermediate and Advance Levels, Paris, France
List Arbitration/ADR Panels you belong to
• Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
• ICSID Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators, Nominated by the Govt. of The Bahamas
• Panel of the Insurance Commission of The Bahamas
• Panel of the British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BIVIIAC)
• CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement
Professional Experience (Job Title, Organisation and Dates)
2021 - MediateGuru: Member of Global Advisory Board
2021 - Peer reviewer for the ICSID Review- Foreign Investment Law Journal
2020 - CIArb Mediation Train the Trainer
2020 - Coordinator of Advocacy Group for The Bahamas to implement the standard tools of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiatives (EITI)
2020 - Organised workshops for The Bahamas Judiciary Education Institute for Judges in The Bahamas and several Caribbean jurisdictions in collaboration with ICSID, UNCITRAL, ICCA & eminent International Arbitrators and Mediators
2019 – 2020 Organised ADR Legislative Reform Working Group under the direction of the Chief Justice of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas for the implementation of UNCITRAL Model Law for Commercial Arbitration & Mediation and Adjudication, Financial Services & Youth ADR.
2019 – present Council Member: Caribbean Hub of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association
2017 – present Honourary Consul: Republic of Botswana, The Bahamas
2015 – 2016 Consultant: International Arbitration Development, The Bahamas Ministry of Financial Services, Nassau, The Bahamas
2004 – 2016 Legal Advisor: Galmir Advisory Services Ltd (affiliate company of Mirabaud Group), Nassau, The Bahamas
1999 – present Managing Partner: Rousseau & Cooper Law Firm, Nassau, The Bahamas
1995 – 1999 Associate: Cooper & Co, Nassau, The Bahamas
1995 – present Door Tenant: 3 Hare Court (formerly 1 Crown Office Row), London, England
1994 – 1995 Pupil: 1 Crown Office Row, London, England
1987 – 1991 Executive Officer: The Bahamas High Commission, Maritime Division, London England
Based in The Bahamas, Bertha COOPER-ROUSSEAU is the Managing Partner at Rousseau & Cooper Law Firm and a Door Tenant of 3 Hare Court, Temple, London.

Bertha is the founding Chair of the Bahamas Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Mid-Atlantic Caribbean Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute. She is widely recognised as one of The Bahamas’ pioneers for the development of international commercial arbitration and mediation legislative reforms. She is also an avid advocate for continuous capacity building the judiciary and professionals in ADR.

She is on the panel of several notable international arbitration and mediation institutions such as the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre, CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement and the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance.

Bertha is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Bencher of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple. She serves as Council Member for the Caribbean and the Americas of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. Bertha is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana to The Bahamas.
Legal Background
  • Common Law
Qualified in (specify jurisdiction(s))
England & Wales
The Bahamas
Types of agreements from which disputes in your practice most frequently arise
  • Energy Pricing
  • Finance
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Share Purchase/Joint Venture
Other Agreement (Please specify)
Investor - State
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