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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 also a member of the Indicative List of Arbitrators to hear disputes under the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement. 

In addition to her University responsibilities, she 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. Most recently, 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

Public International Law II (LAW 2320)
International Trade Law (LAW 3330)
International Human Rights Law (LAW3720)

Select Publications

  • 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.


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