Tracy Roosevelt

Associate - Washington, D.C.

Tracy Roosevelt
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Tracy Roosevelt has a diverse litigation practice which focuses on international litigation and arbitration and commercial disputes. Tracy represents sovereign states in U.S. federal courts, international tribunals and investor-state arbitrations. She also represents private sector clients in federal and state court, and advises clients in internal investigations. Before practicing law, Tracy worked in London for Ralph Appelbaum Associates where she was a Content Coordinator and African Projects Specialist. She researched and designed the thematic content for former President of Nigeria Olusegun Obasanjo’s Presidential Library. Tracy served as a law clerk to the Hon. Helen (“Ginger”) Berrigan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana prior to joining Foley Hoag.

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  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., and Certificate in World Trade Organization Studies, 2012
  • London School of Economics, M.A., 2007
  • Brown University, A.B., with honors, 2005



Representative Experience

  • Skye Ventures v. Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Successfully represented Venezuela and the Venezuelan Ministry of Finance in a U.S. Federal Court case regarding forged bank promissory notes.
  • Representing Ghana against Cote d’Ivoire in international arbitration under Annex VII of the International Convention on the Law of the Sea before an ITLOS Special Chamber concerning the maritime boundary in the Gulf of Guinea.
  • Defending the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority from a due process claim in Massachusetts U.S. Federal Court.
  • Representing the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in an ICSID proceeding brought by European subsidiaries of an Argentine group under bilateral investment treaties with Luxembourg and Portugal in connection with the alleged expropriation of their Venezuelan subsidiary involved in the steel industry.
  • Providing advice to a sovereign Mohawk Nation.
  • Defended a State Attorney General investigation.
  • Part of team bringing claims in a complex insurance coverage dispute over environmental cleanup costs in Texas.
  • Represented the Republic of Croatia in an ad hoc arbitration with the Republic of Slovenia facilitated by the European Commission regarding the determination of Croatia’s land and maritime boundaries with Slovenia.
  • Representing the Philippines against China in arbitration pursuant to Annex VII of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea regarding maritime jurisdiction.
  • Secured the successful release of a pro bono client on minimum bond in a hearing at Boston Immigration Court after 15 months in detention.

Professional Experience

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Helen (“Ginger”) Berrigan, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Note, "Ethics for the Ethical: A Code of Conduct for the International Criminal Court Office of the Prosecutor," 24 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 835 (2011)
  • "A Legacy for Everyone," in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Fifty Years and Beyond (Yael Danieli et al eds., Baywood Publishing for the United Nations 1999)


  • Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace, Middlebury College Spanish Language School, 2016
  • Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics, Manager Editor—Operations 
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Human Rights Associate 2010-2011
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards for International Law, International Protection of Intellectual Property, Negotiations and Mediation, and International Contract Law (Global Teaching Fellow) 
  • Associate, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
  • Distinction for master’s dissertation, “Working with the Dictator: Kissinger, Mobutu and the Cold War in Zaire.”
  • Honors for undergraduate thesis, “Unintended Uses of Gitmo: The Evolving Story of Refugees at the U.S. Naval Base, 1959-1995.”


  • Federal Bar Association, Massachusetts Chapter, Board Member and Newsletter and Website Editor
  • American Society of International Law, Co-Chair of the Women in International Law Interest Group
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Boston Bar Association, Member
  • Women’s Bar Association, Member
  • District of Columbia Bar Association, International Section, Member
  • Warm Springs Foundation, Board Member
  • Student Conservation Association, Member of the President’s Council
  • Moderator, WILIG International Law Networking Breakfast Roundtable (June 2016)
  • Moderator, International Commercial Arbitration panel, ICC YAF: Efficient Dispute Resolution - Is Arbitration a Solution? (March 2016)
  • Panelist, “Innovative International Practices,” The HLS Lawyer of the 21st Century: Building a Career Across Borders (March 2016)
  • Panelist, The Presidential Report on American Women: Launching the Feminist Movement, a 50th Anniversary of the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women (October 14, 2013)
  • Keynote Speaker, Right Now Festival: Universal Declaration of Human Rights, The Hague, Netherlands (December 2008)
  • Keynote Speaker, United Nations Association-USA, Survival Training for Civil Diplomats, Worcester, MA (March 2006)
  • Introduction, Speech by First Lady Hillary Clinton on the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Georgetown University (1999)
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Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals First Circuit