Bertha Mae Cooper-Rousseau



Based in The Bahamas, Bertha Mae Cooper-Rousseau, is the Managing Partner of  Rousseau & Cooper Law Firm and a Door Tenant of 3 Hare Court, Temple London.  She is also admitted as an attorney before Astana International Financial Centre Court in Kazakhstan.   Bertha is the Honourary Counsel for the Republic of Botswana in The Bahamas. 



Bertha is the founding Chair of The Bahamas Branch of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  She is widely recognized as one of The Bahamas’ leading intellect and pioneer for the development of the legislative infrastructure for international arbitration and commercial mediation, including capacity building for professionals, and the judiciary in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR).  She is also the founding member of Mid-Atlantic Caribbean Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute, a non-profit organization, that focuses on providing an international ADR forum for professionals in designated African and Caribbean countries.



Having been appointed by the Government of The Bahamas to serve on the Panel of Arbitrators and Conciliators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, (one of the three institutions of the World Bank), Bertha has served on numerous Annulment ad hoc Committees that involved disputes arising between States and investors in South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.  She is also on the panel of several notable international arbitration and mediation institutions such as International Centre for Dispute Resolution Cruise Seafarer Panel, (an international division of the American Arbitration Association), Shanghai Arbitration Commission, Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre; CARIFORUM-European Union Economic Partnership Agreement and the Panel of Recognized International Market Experts in Finance.



Bertha is a Bencher of The Honourable Society of Middle Temple.  She is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Botswana Institute of Arbitrators, Malaysian Institute of Arbitrators.  She is Vice President of The Bahamas Chapter  of Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association.



Bertha studied French at the Sorbonne and attained her Bachelor and Masters Degree in International Relations at L’Institut d’Etude des Relations Internationales in Paris.  Thereafter, she studied maritime law at L’Universite de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest France.  Bertha obtained a law degree with honours from the University of London in  England.   She is an alumni of the Institute of Women’s Entrepreneurship at Cornell University