July 6, 2011
Bernard H. Gousse, Designated as Next Prime Minister of Haiti – Defend Haiti

June 6:  PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – President Michel Martelly designated Bernard Honorat Gousse to be the next Prime Minister of Haiti. He communicated his decision to the presidents of both chambers at a final meeting Monday night.

The President of the Chamber of Deputies, Sorel Jacinthe, made the announcement.

Bernard Honorat Gousse was born and raised in Port-au-Prince. He graduated from the Haitian State University School of Law and Economic Science in 1981.

Upon graduating, Mr. Gousse traveled to France where he completed a degree in International Relations in 1983 and attained a Doctorate in Law from the University d’Aix-Marseille III in 1989.

Back in Haiti, Mr. Gousse has been practicing law since his admission to the Haitian Bar in 1991. He is one of the founding members of Pasquet, Gousse et Associés.

Bernard Gousse is also a professor and has taught Family Law, Contract Law, Tort Law and Private International Law at Quisqueya University School of Law where he also served eight years as its first Dean.

The Prime Minister-designate’s practice focused primarily on international business transactions, private-public partnerships and Haitian regulatory law. He is a specialist in Communications law in Haiti and is instrumental in drafting the new Haitian telecommunications laws.

Gousse is also a member of the Presidential Commission on New Information and Communications Technologies.

The Prime Minister-designate has published several works, The Independence of the Judiciary for the Port-au-Prince Bar Association Journal of Law (1999), The Application of the Warsaw Convention in Haitian Courts for Le Nouvelliste (1991), Legal Aspects of Contracts in E-Commerce at the Summit of Haitian Internet in 2001 and Children’s Rights and Citizenship Law.

This article is cited verbatim from Defend Haiti.  See http://defend.ht/politics/articles/executive/1353-bernard-h-gousse-designated-as-next-prime-minister-of-haiti

Thank you to Leonie HermantinDeputy Director  of Lambi Fund of Haiti, for circulating this article.  For more about the Lambi Fund’s work supporting economic justice, democracy and sustainable development in Haiti see www.lambifund.org.