Hon. Dawn J. Smith FCIArb is the Attorney General of the Virgin Islands. As Attorney General and among other functions and responsibilities, Dawn is the titular head of the Virgin Islands Bar, an ex officio member of the Cabinet of the Virgin Islands and a member of the House of Assembly (non-voting), the National Security Council and Prerogative of Mercy Committee. Dawn was admitted to practice as a barrister in the Virgin Islands in 1997. In private practice, she specialised in commercial litigation before joining the BVI Financial Services Commission as General Counsel from 2013 to 2020. She also served as Director of the BVI London Office from 2006-2009 and Permanent Secretary in the Premier’s Office from 2017 to 2019 in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. Dawn holds a Certificate of Legal Education from Norman Manley Law School in Kingston, Jamaica; Bachelor of Laws, Upper Second Class Honours from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados; and Bachelor of Liberal Arts, cum laude with Highest Honours in Sociology-Anthropology from Middlebury College, Vermont, USA. Her current professional credentials and memberships include the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Arbitral Women, the BVI Bar Association and the BVI Reading Council. She is also a Notary Public. Dawn was privileged to be a part of the team instrumental in promoting the passage of the Arbitration Act in 2013, the extension of the New York Convention to the Virgin Islands in 2014 and the establishment of the BVI International Arbitration Centre in 2016.