Professor David Berry’s service to The UWI spans 25 years. Before his professorial appointment, he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at the Cave Hill Campus. In 2012, he became the first University Dean of Law, a position created after the formation of full Faculties of Law at the St. Augustine and Mona Campuses, and served for two years. He also completed two consecutive terms as Dean of the Faculty at Cave Hill from 2012-2016 and 2016-2020. In 2018, he was reappointed as University Dean until 2020.
Professor Berry holds a PhD in Law from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; a Legal Education Certificate from the Council of Legal Education, Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad and Tobago; an LLM from Queen’s University, Kingston, Canada; an LLB from the University of British Columbia and a BA degree from the University of Toronto, Canada.
He was called to the Bar in British Columbia, Canada, in 1992 as a Barrister, Solicitor, and Notary Public and in 2011 to the Barbados Bar. In 2019 he qualified as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and in 2021 he made the Institute’s approved faculty list.
Professor Berry practices in various areas of international law. He is currently serving as a Key Legal Expert with CARICOM’s Consultancy for the Review of Caribbean Community Institutions, as an Expert and member of the CARICOM Regional Advisory Group on Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction, and as an arbitrator in an International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes arbitration.
His peer-reviewed publications include eight journal articles, one independently authored monograph, one coedited book, nine book chapters, and three technical papers. He has also published four non-refereed journal articles and three book chapters and has been invited to make over 80 academic presentations. His book, Caribbean Integration Law (OUP 2014) was widely cited in academic circles and before the Caribbean Court of Justice.
Among Professor Berry’s accolades include receiving a Cave Hill Campus Positioning the University to Lead through Service Points Award in 2021, and the Cave Hill Campus Principal’s Award for Excellence (Academic Category) in 2014. He was featured in The UWI’s 60th Anniversary publication, “60 Under 60” in 2008, and between 2001 and 2006 he received the Faculty’s Best Lecturer of the Year Award (Level II).
For his service outside the University, Professor Berry was inducted into the Hall of Eminent Caribbean International Law Jurists in 2019. He is the founder and a member of the Caribbean Branch of the International Law Association, serves on its Committee on International Commercial Arbitration, and is a member of both the Caribbean Branch and Barbados Chapter of CIArb. He is also a former member of the Council of Legal Education.
In reviewing his work, one external assessor commented, “Dr. Berry’s contributions are important both because he puts the focus of his research on the Caribbean, an area understudied in the general context of international law and constitutional law, and also has more wide-ranging research contributions that have contributed to the advancement of the discipline as a whole”.