Appointment of Judge Rosemary Barkett as a Member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
August 23, 2013

The U.S. Department of State announces the appointment of Judge Rosemary Barkett as a U.S.-appointed member of the Iran-United States Claims Tribunal in The Hague. Judge Barkett will assume her duties at the Tribunal effective October 1, 2013. She succeeds Judge Gabrielle McDonald, who recently resigned from the Tribunal after serving with distinction for 12 years.

Judge Barkett has had a distinguished career as a federal judge. Most recently, she has served on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, an appointment she held since 1994 and from which she will have resigned effective September 30. A graduate of Spring Hill College and the University of Florida Law School, Judge Barkett worked in private practice in Florida and then served in numerous capacities on Florida State Courts, including sitting as a Justice and later Chief Justice on the Florida Supreme Court, before her elevation to the federal bench. Judge Barkett has been an adjunct professor of law at Columbia Law School and Florida State University College of Law and is a member of the International Women’s Forum and the American Society of International Law, where she serves on the Judicial Outreach Program Advisory Board.

The Iran-United States Claims Tribunal was established pursuant to the Algiers Accords of January 19, 1981. It consists of nine members, three appointed by the United States, three appointed by Iran, and the remaining three selected by another process. The other U.S.-appointed members of the Tribunal are Mr. Charles N. Brower and Mr. O. Thomas Johnson.

For further information, please contact: Laura Conn, Attorney-Adviser, Department of State, at

PRN: 2013/2028