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Tracy Roosevelt

Associate
Washington, DC

I combine diplomatic skills, determination, and a deep knowledge of international law to obtain results on behalf of my clients.

As a senior associate, Tracy Roosevelt practices public international law advising countries on how to avoid conflicts and representing them in negotiations and disputes brought in international courts and tribunals.

Tracy has represented countries before the International Court of Justice, the Law of the Sea Tribunal, the International Center on Investment Disputes, and in ad-hoc arbitrations administered by the Permanent Court of Arbitration. She also represents countries in US Federal Courts. Tracy provides guidance and advice to countries that seek to comply with obligations under international law or compel other countries to do so including on matters of human rights and environmental obligations. The cases she works on include boundary disputes, human rights violations, violations of the UN charter and other threats to international peace and security. Best Lawyers in America’s 2023 edition recognizes Tracy on its list of Ones to Watch.

Education

  • 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

Bar and Court Admissions

BAR ADMISSIONS
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
COURT ADMISSIONS
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Languages

  • Spanish

Experience

  • Guyana v. Venezuela (Case Concerning the Arbitral Award of 3 October 1899). Counsel to Guyana in a case brought to confirm the international boundary between the two States as determined by an arbitral award whose validity Venezuela has challenged. 
  • Chevron Corporation (U.S.A.) 2. Texaco Petroleum Company (U.S.A.) v. The Republic of Ecuador. Counsel to Ecuador in the damages phase of the investment arbitration involving BIT claims arising from a massive environmental litigation in Ecuador against Chevron. 
  • Armenia v. Azerbaijan (Application of CERD): Representing Armenia in an ICJ litigation concerning international human rights law.
  • Arbitration pursuant to Article 32 of the Constitution of the Universal Postal Union (PCA Case Nos. 2020-25, 2020-26, 2020-27, 2020-28). Counsel to Qatar in arbitration proceedings initiated against Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates under the auspices of the Universal Postal Union.
  • Advising Qatar in proceedings initiated against Saudi Arabia and the UAE in the World Trade Organization and under the conciliation provisions of the ICERD at the United Nations. 
  • Application of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (Qatar v. UAE). Counsel to Qatar in this proceeding before the International Court of Justice. 
  • Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article 84 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar) & Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article II, Section 2, of the 1944 International Air Services Transit Agreement (Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar). Counsel to Qatar in proceedings before the International Court of Justice constituting appeals against decisions as to the jurisdiction and competence of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization. The Court unanimously rejected the appeals. 
  • Talal Al Awamleh and others v. State of Qatar. Counsel to Qatar in an ICSID arbitration under the Qatar – Jordan bilateral investment treaty arising from contracts relating to a cable television franchise. The case was discontinued pursuant to ICSID Arbitration Rule 43.
  • Nicaragua v. Colombia (Delimitation of the Continental Shelf beyond 200 nautical miles): Assisted in the representation of Nicaragua in an ICJ litigation concerning the law of the sea.
  • Switzerland v. Nigeria (M/T San Padre Pio): Represented Nigeria in an ITLOS litigation concerning the law of the sea.
  • Ghana v. Cote d’Ivoire. International arbitration under Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) before an ITLOS Special Chamber. Represented Ghana in case concerning the maritime boundary in the Gulf of Guinea, involving Ghana’s ongoing extraction of oil from the area in dispute.
  • The Philippines v. China. Counsel to the Philippines in the historical arbitral proceeding under Annex VII of UNCLOS to determine the maritime entitlements of the Philippines and China in the South China Sea.
  • Croatia v. Slovenia (Ad hoc arbitration under the aegis of the European Commission).  Counsel to the Republic of Croatia in arbitration concerning the delimitation of land and maritime boundaries.
  • Skye Ventures v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (S.D. Ohio). Successfully represented Venezuela and the Venezuelan Ministry of Finance in a U.S. Federal Court case regarding forged bank promissory notes.
  • Providing advice to a sovereign Mohawk Nation.
  • Providing confidential public international law advice to multiple countries on human rights, boundary delimitation and environmental issues. 

 
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
  • Content Coordinator, Ralph Appelbaum Associates (designed former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Nigeria)

Publications

  • Note, "Ethics for the Ethical: A Code of Conduct for the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor," 24 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 835 (2011)
  • "A Legacy for Everyone," in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Fifty Years and Beyond (Yael Danieli et al eds., Baywood Publishing for the United Nations 1999)

Honors & Involvement

HONORS
  • The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch
INVOLVEMENT
  • American Society of International Law, Executive Council Member
  • Council on Foreign Relations, Term Member
  • Adjunct Faculty, Northeastern University School of Law, International Arbitration and Litigation Practice: Investor-State Arbitration. 
  • American Bar Association Human Rights Center, Co-Chair of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award

Speaking Engagements

  • American Society of International Law, Research Forum, Treaty Law Papers, Discussant, (November 2022)
  • Keynote Speaker, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Birthday Celebration, FDR Memorial (October 2022)
  • Interviewed Amnesty International Secretary General Agnes Callamard, ABA Human Rights Center (December 2021)
  • Appearance on NBC’s Today Show (March 2021)
  • American Society of International Law, Annual Meeting, Law of the Sea Panel on “UNCLOS: A Tool for Peace and Stability?”, Moderator (April 2019).
  • American Bar Association Award to Secretary Hillary Clinton, Introduction and Presentation of Award (September 2018)
  • United Nations Association USA Leadership Summit, Keynote (June 2018)
  • Young Arbitrator Debate Series, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer and the American Society of International Law’s debate on arbitrator conflict of interest, Winning Debater (March 2018)
  • Women in Arbitration Panel, Moderator, American Society of International Law (January 2018)
  • WILIG International Law Networking Breakfast Roundtable, American Society of International Law, Moderator (July 2017)
  • Opening of the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, Nigeria, Speaker (March 2017)
  • “What Does a Gender-Focused Foreign Policy Look Like?” American Society of International Law, Moderator (December 2016)
  • WILIG International Law Networking Breakfast Roundtable, American Society of International Law, Moderator (June 2016)
  • International Commercial Arbitration panel, ICC YAF: Efficient Dispute Resolution - Is Arbitration a Solution? panelist (March 2016)
  • “Innovative International Practices,” The HLS Lawyer of the 21st Century: Building a Career Across Borders, panelist (March 2016)