Caribbean Task Force
The Americas Initiative launched the Caribbean Task Force at the 2021 ITA-ALARB Americas Workshop on 8-9 September 2021, with the following core objectives:
- To raise awareness of and advance international arbitration practice throughout the Caribbean, specifically targeting the legal and business sectors, as well as the judiciaries of the Caribbean region.
- To promote good international arbitration practices in the Caribbean, and to raise awareness of and challenge any perceived deficiencies of existing laws and practices in the region. One of our tangible goals will be to ensure that countries in the Caribbean have adopted the Model law and are knowledgeable on best practices regarding its implementation.
- To encourage the active participation of arbitration stakeholders in the Caribbean with the ITA Americas Initiative, and the ITA more generally.
The Task Force is co-led by Hon. Barry Leon FCIArb (Arbitration Place, 33 Bedford Row Chambers, Caribbean Arbitrators) and Mr. Calvin Hamilton (Arbitra International, hamilton arbitration). It also comprises associate members Ms. Theomonique Nottage (Consultant, Government of The Bahamas) and Ms. Hana Doumal (BVIIAC). Mr. Alexander Barnes (Von Wobeser y Sierra S.C.) is secretary to the Task Force.
Caribbean Task Force Leadership
Barry was admitted to the Bar in Ontario, Canada (now non-practicing member). He holds a law degree (University of Toronto), MBA (Richard Ivey School of Business, Western University), and BA (University of Alberta).
Before joining the BVI IAC, Hana was a Registered Foreign Lawyer in the international arbitration practice of Pinsent Masons in their Hong Kong office. She previously worked as a Registered Foreign Lawyer with the arbitration team of King & Wood Mallesons in Hong Kong, and before that, as Counsel at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC). Her experience also includes an externship at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) in Washington, D.C. In Paris, she was an associate in the International Litigation and Arbitration practice of Foley Hoag, and she completed internships at Allen & Overy and Herbert Smith Freehills. Hana received her Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C., and her Master of Laws in Arbitration and International Business Law, with honors, from the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. At the University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne, she received both her Master of Laws in Comparative Law and Arab Countries Law and her Maîtrise in International Law. Hana received her Bachelor of Laws from the University Complutense of Madrid, with honors, after studying at the University of Rouen.