Tracy Roosevelt

Associate - Washington, D.C.

Tracy Roosevelt
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Tracy Roosevelt is an attorney in the firm's International Litigation & Arbitration Department in Washington, D.C. and a member of the United Nations practice group.Tracy represents sovereign States in State-to-State disputes in international tribunals, investor-State arbitrations, and U.S. federal courts. The subject matter of her representations include treaty breaches, human rights violations and maritime delimitation, among other international disputes. Tracy is also an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University School of Law, where she has taught Investor-State Arbitration and Litigation Practice.

Tracy clerked for the Honorable Helen G. Berrigan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Before practicing law, Tracy worked in London where she researched and designed the thematic content for former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidential Library. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Society of International Law.


  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., and Certificate in World Trade Organization Studies, 2012
  • London School of Economics, M.A., 2007
  • Brown University, A.B., with honors, 2005



Representative Experience

  • Skye Ventures v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Successfully represented Venezuela and the Venezuelan Ministry of Finance in a U.S. Federal Court case regarding forged bank promissory notes.
  • Representing Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire in international arbitration under Annex VII of the International Convention on the Law of the Sea before an ITLOS Special Chamber concerning the maritime boundary in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Defending the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from a due process claim in Massachusetts U.S. Federal Court.
  • Representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an ICSID proceeding brought by European subsidiaries of an Argentine group under bilateral investment treaties with Luxembourg and Portugal in connection with the alleged expropriation of their Venezuelan subsidiary involved in the steel industry.
  • Providing advice to a sovereign Mohawk Nation.
  • Defended a State Attorney General investigation.
  • Part of team bringing claims in a complex insurance coverage dispute over environmental cleanup costs in Texas.
  • Represented the Republic of Croatia in an ad hoc arbitration with the Republic of Slovenia facilitated by the European Commission regarding the determination of Croatia’s land and maritime boundaries with Slovenia.
  • Representing the Philippines against China in arbitration pursuant to Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea regarding maritime jurisdiction.
  • Secured the successful release of a pro bono client on minimum bond in a hearing at Boston Immigration Court after 15 months in detention.

Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Helen (“Ginger”) Berrigan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Research Assistant to the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Sanctions of the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy, 2012
  • Legal Intern, United Nations High Commission for Refugees, Budapest, Hungary, Summer 2010
  • Legal Intern, U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, 2009-2010


  • Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace, Middlebury College Spanish Language School, 2016
  • Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Manager Editor—Operations 
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Human Rights Associate 2010-2011
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for International Law, International Protection of Intellectual Property, Negotiations and Mediation, and International Contract Law (Global Teaching Fellow) 
  • Associate, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
  • Distinction for master’s dissertation, “Working with the Dictator: Kissinger, Mobutu and the Cold War in Zaire.”
  • Honors for undergraduate thesis, “Unintended Uses of Gitmo: The Evolving Story of Refugees at the U.S. Naval Base, 1959-1995.”


  • Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University School of Law, International Arbitration and Litigation Practice: Investor-State Arbitration. 
  • American Society of International Law, Co-Chair of the Women in International Law Interest Group
  • Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Chapter, Board Member and Newsletter and Website Editor (2015-2016)
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, International Section, Member
  • Warm Springs Foundation, Board Member
  • Student Conservation Association, Member of the President’s Council
  • Moderator, Women in Arbitration Panel, American Society of International Law (January 2018)
  • Moderator, WILIG International Law Networking Breakfast Roundtable, American Society of International Law (July 2017)
  • Moderator, “What Does a Gender-Focused Foreign Policy Look Like?” American Society of International Law (December 2016)
  • Moderator, WILIG International Law Networking Breakfast Roundtable, American Society of International Law (June 2016)
  • Moderator, International Commercial Arbitration panel, ICC YAF: Efficient Dispute Resolution - Is Arbitration a Solution? (March 2016)
  • Panelist, “Innovative International Practices,” The HLS Lawyer of the 21st Century: Building a Career Across Borders (March 2016)
  • Panelist, The Presidential Report on American Women: Launching the Feminist Movement, a 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (October 14, 2013)
  • Keynote Speaker, Right Now Festival: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Hague, Netherlands (December 2008)
  • Keynote Speaker, United Nations Association-USA, Survival Training for Civil Diplomats, Worcester, MA (March 2006)
  • Introduction, Speech by First Lady Hillary Clinton on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Georgetown University (1999)
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  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit