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 C.Arb (Arbitra International, hamilton arbitration). It also comprises associate member Ms. Theomonique Nottage, Deputy Chair (Consultant, Government of The Bahamas).
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).
Final Report and Recommendations
The Final Report and Recommendations of the Task Force, dated 12 June 2023, includes The Task Forces’ conclusions and its recommendations on the role that the ITA should play in the Caribbean.
It recommends the following “Initial ITA Priorities in and for the Caribbean”:
- Model Law implementation
- Capacity building among legal practitioners
- Judicial education and training in arbitration
- Assisting legal educators in the Caribbean
- Raising the profile of Caribbean arbitration in the Americas
The Final Report and Recommendations of the Task Force are available here.
The ITA Americas Initiative Caribbean Task Force wishes to thank Ms. Hana Doumal and Mr. Alexander Barnes for their valuable contribution to the work of the Task Force.