Keynote Speaker

The Honorable

Rosemary Barkett 

Judge, Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

Formerly on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit


Since October 2013, Judge Rosemary Barkett has served as a Judge on the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Immediately prior to joining the Tribunal, Judge Barkett served for two decades as a Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, to which she was nominated by President William J. Clinton. While serving on the Eleventh Circuit, Judge Barkett reviewed a wide array of cases including intellectual property, antitrust, contract product liability, breach of contract, land condemnation, racketeering and corruption, banks and banking     regulations, as well as constitutional law, labor law, and criminal appeals.

Judge Barkett’s 30-year judicial career began in 1979 when Florida’s governor appointed her as a state trial court judge, later elevating her in 1984 to serve as a state appellate court judge, and ultimately appointing her to the Florida Supreme Court, making her the first woman Justice in the Florida Supreme Court’s history. On July 1, 1992, her colleagues chose her to become Florida’s first woman Chief Justice.

Judge Barkett has pursued her interests in both jurisprudence and education, serving on the faculty of Florida’s Judicial College, the National Judicial College, The Institute of Judicial Administration’s New Appellate Judge Seminar, Aspen Institute’s Justice and Society Seminars, and various other Appellate Judges Seminars and law courses. She has taught international law seminars on Constitutionalism and Human Rights and Comparative Constitutions at Columbia Law School with Professor Louis Henkin. In addition, she has lectured in Kuwait, Dubai, Qatar, Damascus, Turkey, Algeria, China, Haiti, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Russia, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco on various substantive and procedural topics as well as on matters pertaining to court administration. Most recently, Judge Barkett lectured on the differences and similarities between arbitration and adjudication at the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution’s 16th Annual Spring Conference in April 2014, as well as acting as moderator in a panel focusing on the question of interim measures in international arbitration at ICCA’s 2014 Annual Conference. She presently serves on the Board of the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative and chairs its Committee on the Middle East and North Africa Division.

Judge Barkett has received dozens of honors and awards for her work as a judge and as an individual committed to improving justice. The recipient of seven honorary degrees from institutions of higher learning, Judge Barkett has also earned dozens of prestigious honors and awards from national and state professional, civic, and charitable groups, including being named by Florida’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society as a 2008 Legal Legend. She has also received The Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award, presented by the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and the Latin Business and Professional Women Lifetime Achievement Award, in addition to being inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum, and the American Society of International Law, where she participated on the Judicial Outreach Program Advisory Board. She was also the National Association of Women Judges Honoree of the Year in 1999. Two awards are given in Judge Barkett’s name annually: the Rosemary Barkett Outstanding Achievement Award given to an outstanding lawyer by the Florida Association of Women Lawyers and The Rosemary Barkett  Award presented by the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers to a person who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to equal justice under law. She has also been honored by the naming of the “Rosemary Barkett Inn of Appellate Law” in Miami, Florida.

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