Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine has been described as a history maker and modern-day freedom fighter whose work has been transformational regionally and internationally.
Professor Antoine’s UWI journey began in 1989, in the Faculty of Law, Cave-Hill, as a Temporary Lecturer who became the inaugural Director and initiator of the successful Master of Law (LLM) programme, The UWI’s first multi-campus, hybrid delivery programme, launched in 2002. She was one of the youngest UWI lecturers to be appointed to the rank of Professor in 2004, and was the first sitting Dean of the Faculty of Law, St. Augustine, serving two terms. In 2021, she was appointed Pro Vice-Chancellor, Graduate Studies and Research.
A UWI alumna, a Cambridge Pegasus Fellow, an Oxford and Commonwealth Scholar, Professor Antoine holds a doctorate from Oxford University in Offshore Financial Law and has served as lead consultant to all of the Caribbean Community governments, Canada, UK, USA, and numerous international organisations, on a wide range of diverse issues. Her consultancies include the authoring of transformational reports on key issues of legal policy and development, drafting of new laws, advocacy, training and capacity-building of NGOs and the judiciary legal professionals.
In 2011, the OAS elected Professor Antoine as a Commissioner at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Washington. Then, in 2014, she was elected President - the first person from Trinidad and Tobago. She served as the OAS Head of the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Unit and was appointed Rapporteur for Persons of African Descent and Rapporteur Against Discrimination and Rapporteur of Indigenous Peoples. Antoine has served as a Temporary Court of Appeal Judge in the Commercial Division of the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal. In 2021, the Caribbean Court of Justice named her a Pioneering Caribbean Women Eminent Jurist Awardee.
Due to this path-breaking scholarship, activism, and consultancy work, she is described by governments, international sources and others as the “foremost labour law expert in Labour Law in the region,” the “leading” authority in the region in International Financial Law and HIV law and a ‘’change agent’’. Antoine remains committed to development within the framework of human rights.
Among other things a trained classical singer, amateur painter and gardener, Professor Antoine is also President of the Family Planning Association of Trinidad and Tobago, a member of Trinidad and Tobago’s Industrial Relations Advisory Committee, an Honorary Fellow and the only Caribbean person of the International Society for Trust Practitioners (STEP), and a Trustee of the London IPPF Board.
On August 1, 2022, she was named Pro Vice-Chancellor and Campus Principal Designate for The UWI St. Augustine and will serve for a period of five years.