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Nicole D. Foster (née Clarke)

Nicole D. Foster (née Clarke)

Deputy Dean (Academic and Student Affairs)


Department: Law


Mrs Nicole Foster is a former diplomat who acted as Counsellor in Barbados’ Permanent Mission to the UN and the WTO in Geneva from 1999 to 2005. Since returning to Barbados, she has acted as a resource person/consultant for international organisations, private sector agencies and for the Barbados government on international trade matters. Mrs Foster is a member of PAHO’s Advisory Technical Group on Alcohol Policy and of the Indicative List of Arbitrators to hear disputes under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. She is also serves on the Board of Management of the Barbados National Standards Institution. Besides her teaching responsibilities, Mrs Foster leads the Faculty’s Law and Health Research Unit.

In addition to her University responsibilities,Mrs Foster is Policy Advisor with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, a regional civil society organization advocating on prevention and control of chronic non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean. In this capacity she has authored a number of policy papers/reports on international trade and NCDs and on broader foreign policy issues relevant to NCD advocacy. In 2018, Mrs Foster was attached to the PAHO Sub-regional Coordination Programme for two months as its NCDs Advisor.



Post-Graduate Certificate in University Teaching and Learning, UWI (2015)
LL.M, Washington College of Law, American University, 1997
LL.M, University of Cambridge, 1996
L.E.C, Hugh Wooding Law School, 1994

Research Areas

Mrs Foster current research interests focus on the intersection between international trade and health particularly in relation to efforts to prevent and control chronic non-communicable diseases. She also has a keen interest in the role of small states in international dispute settlement and regional integration/the CSME.

Teaching Areas

International Trade Law (LAW 3330)
International Human Rights Law (LAW3720)
Global Health Law (LAW 6150)

Select Publications

  •  Constantin A; Foster N.D. (2020) Unhealthy Diets in the CARICOM: The Role of the Caribbean Court of Justice. Global Center for Legal Innovation on Food Environments. Washington DC.
  • N Foster, ‘International Trade and Childhood Obesity – A Caribbean Perspective’ in Amandine Garde, Olivier de Schutter & Joshua Curtis (eds) Ending Childhood Obesity: A Challenge at the Crossroads of International Economic and Human Rights Law. December 2020. Edward Elgar Publishing.
  • N Foster, AM Thow, N Unwin, M Alvarado and TA Samuels, ‘Fiscal, Legal and Regulatory Measures to Fight Obesity in Small Island Developing States of the Caribbean and Pacific 2015 – 2017. Rev Panam Salud Publica.2018;42:e191. 
  • CARICOM States and the WTO Dispute Settlement System: The Case for Greater Engagement’ (2017) 43 Commonwealth Law Bulletin 153.
  • NCDs and Trade Policy in the Caribbean’ (NCDs Policy Briefs Series, Healthy Caribbean Coalition) (November 2017, 30 pages)
  • Philip Morris Brands Sàrl v. Oriental Republic of Uruguay (2016) 110 AJIL 774.
  • ‘International Trade and Childhood Obesity – A Caribbean Perspective’ in Ending Childhood Obesity: A Challenge at the Crossroads of International Economic and Human Rights Law, Amandine Garde, Olivier de Schutter & Joshua Curtis, (eds.) (forthcoming from Elgar Publishing).

Additional Info

Mrs Nicole Foster have made an important contribution to advocacy and policy formulation at the multilateral and regional level on NCDs prevention and control focusing on the roles of law and international trade.Notably, she assisted with the establishment of the Caribbean Public Health Law Forum,  is the region’s first virtual network of attorneys-at-law, public health personnel, civil society organisations, academics, government officials, multilateral and bilateral health agencies and distinguished public health personnel persons focused on the use of law to tackle public health challenges, which was launched on June 30, 2021.


WTO, international trade, trade and health, public international law, NCDs, CARICOM, CSME