Prof. Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, PhD.

Chairperson of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) Commission on Marijuana

Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine
Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine, holds the Chair as Professor of Labour Law and Offshore Financial Law. Her career has embodied wide and diverse scholarly activity, public service, representation and activism. Dean Antoine’s specialist subject areas are Offshore Financial Law, Labour Law, Anti-Discrimination Law, Public Law (human rights, administrative law and public service law) and Legal Systems/ Comparative Law.
Antoine won the Oxford Commonwealth Scholarship to read for the doctorate in law at Oxford University, won the Cambridge Pegasus Scholarship to pursue the LLM and holds the LL.B. from the UWI. She also earned diplomas and certificates with distinction in international human rights from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France. She was the Distinguished Goodwin Scholar 2004 for Nova SE University in Florida and an adjunct professor at the DePaul, Illinois and Case Western universities, USA, lecturing on International Financial Law. Professor Antoine was former Program Director and founder of the LLM programme in Corporate Law at the Cave Hill campus. Previously, Professor Antoine was employed as a legal officer at the International Labour Office (ILO) in Geneva, Switzerland and worked briefly in London.
Dean Antoine is an award winning author who has written twelve books and several articles in international legal journals on a wide array of subjects. She is published by the prestigious Oxford University Press, with her texts Confidentiality in Offshore Financial Law and the other, Trusts and Related Tax Issues in Offshore Financial Law, described as ‘path-breaking’ and ‘amazing’ by international jurists and into their second editions. These, and her first book, Commonwealth Caribbean Law and Legal Systems, published by Routledge Cavendish, London, are used by universities and practitioners in Europe, the USA, UK and Africa. She is also the co-author and editor of the Unfair Dismissal Digest, ILO, Geneva, Legal Issues in Offshore Finance (Randle Publishers) and HIV and Human Rights, UWI Press. Professor Antoine has contributed chapters to leading texts such as the Legal Systems of the World Encyclopedia, ABC, CLIO, USA, Law and Employment: Lessons from Latin America and the Caribbean, edited by the Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, James Heckman and Human Resource Development and Workplace Governance in the Caribbean, Randle Publishers. She is the author of the well-known CARICOM Harmonization in Labour Law Report 1992, which formed the basis of the Commonwealth Caribbean’s (CARICOM) model labour laws and the blueprint and catalyst for labour law reform in the Commonwealth Caribbean, including reforms on equality of opportunity and industrial relations rights. Antoine is a legal resource person on HIV for organizations such as CAREC, PANCAP and other community groups, initiating the thrust toward anti-discrimination laws. She also served on the UWI HIV Committee (HARP). In 2015, Professor Antoine was appointed Chair of the CARICOM Regional Commission on the Decriminalisation of Marijuana