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David S. Berry

Dean of Law; Senior Lecturer in Law
University of West Indies
Antigua and Barbuda


I would be happy to discuss potential research projects with anyone who is interested in my areas of research. In my international legal practice I have advised states and regional organizations about a variety of international legal topics, from anti-terrorism, to status of forces agreements, to undersea pipelines, to fisheries, to Caribbean Community law, to the law of treaties and treaty revision. I have served as a member of the Barbadian legal team in the two Privy Council hearings in Lennox Ricardo Boyce and Jeffrey Joseph v. The Queen (2003-2004), as Deputy Agent in a number of matters before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (advisory questions, the Boyce Case, the Cadogan Case (2005-2008)), and as a member of the Barbados Delegation to the Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review (2008). I also served as counsel in the maritime boundary arbitration between Barbados and the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (2005-2006), trained as counsel at the London Court of International Arbitration (2007), and served as counsel in the Caribbean Court of Justice case of Shanique Myrie v Barbados (2012-2013). I acted as an arbitrator in an ICSID arbitration (2005-2009).

Research Interest

I have written in a number of areas from aboriginal law, to general international law, to regional integration law, to philosophy of law, to feminist theory, to the history of international law.  My current research interests are in Caribbean integration law. 


  • Berry DS. Conflicts Between Minority Women and Traditional Structures: International Law, Rights and Culture. Social & Legal Studies. 1998 Mar;7(1):55-75.

  • Berry D. Where Politicians Fear to Tread': The Supreme Court of Canada and Aboriginal Rights. British Journal of Canadian Studies. 1997;12:165-81.

  • Berry DS. Hyper-Interpretation: Promise or Peril?. InProceedings of the Annual Meeting (American Society of International Law) 2008 Apr 9 (Vol. 102, pp. 416-420). American Society of International Law.

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