International Trade, Remedies, International Transactions and Contracts
Andrew Lanouette is an attorney admitted to the Ontario Bar He has dedicated his professional life assisting clients with trade remedies and enforcement issues before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Canada Border Services Agency. He has great experience in all aspects of anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings. He holds a LL.B from the University of Ottawa (summa cum laude) where he received the Gold Medal for his high academic performance and was recognize in 2015 as a Rising Star by the experts guides. Currently he is a partner at Cassidy Levy Kent in Ottawa.
Intellectual Property, Traditional Knowledge, Indigenous rights, Agroecology, Ecohealth, International Commerce
Dr Konstantia Koutouki is a professor of law at the Université de Montréal and Lead Counsel for Natural Resources with the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law at McGill University. Her research examines the links between international trade, intellectual property, and environmental protection. She has extensive experience working on issues concerning social, economic and cultural development of Indigenous and local communities, as well as the preservation of natural spaces and traditional knowledge. She has first-hand experience with Indigenous and local communities around the world, where she has spent much time as a guest and researcher.
International Trade, Intellectual Property, International Transactions and Contracts, Mediation
Bernard Colas has over 30 years of experience in international trade law and intellectual property. This experience was acquired in Montreal, Sorel, London and Paris by advising manufacturing, technology and service businesses as well as foreign governments. As part of his practice, he advises and represents his clients’ interests during negotiations, transactions, licenses and international contracts and during their operations and implantation overseas and in international litigation. He provides advice pertaining to the enforcement and the development of international trade agreements and helps his clients develop commercial and industrial strategies while taking advantage of international trade laws. Before co-founding CMKZ, Bernard Colas worked at a law firm now called Dentons and as a legal advisor at the International Federation of Producers of Phonograms and Videograms (IFPI) in London and at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris. He also acted as trade law specialist for World Bank and CIDA projects advising governments such as Lithuania, Algeria, Togo, Comoros and Mauritania in relation to the WTO and trade liberalization. Bernard Colas is president of the Canadian branch of the International Law Association (ILA) and sits on the board of many bodies, including the Montreal Council of International Relations (CORIM). He is Honorary Consul of Mauritania. Holder of a doctorate degree in international economic and environmental law of the University of Paris, Bernard Colas teaches and is the author of many articles and books on international trade law, notably of Global Economic Co-operation: A guide to Agreements and Organizations, and Treaties and International Documents Used in International Trade Law. He is a trademark agent and an accredited mediator.
Corporate commercial, wills and estates, immigration, employment, dispute settlement, public and private international law
Noemi Gal-Or, B.A. (TAU, Tel-Aviv), Ph.D. (IUHEI, Geneva), LL.B. (UBC, Vancouver) is a sole practitioner solicitor in Canadian and international law in Vancouver. She is serving on: the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) as Chair of the National Section on International Law (NSIL), is the Editor-in-Chief of its journal Canadian International Lawyer, Research Director of the International Law Association (ILA) – Canada, representing it on the Use of Force, Feminism,
Complementarity, and Procedural Law of International Courts and Tribunals Committees; and board member, International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (IAJLJ). She participated in CBA interventions (e.g. in SCC Estate of the Late Zahra Kazemi et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran, et al.) and submissions (e.g. Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act 2015).
Dr. Gal-Or is professor of Politics and International Law at the Political Science Department, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC. She has published extensively in various areas including international law (trade & investment, dispute settlement, responsibility, anti-corruption, humanitarian, human rights, and criminal, law, and the non-state actor’s status); international organisations (UN, WTO); international political economy; regional integration (EU, NAFTA, draft FTAA, TPP); security, terrorism, conflict resolution, public policy, migration, and gender. She consulted the Solicitor General of Canada and the Government of Israel in some of these areas. Her most recent publication – “A Forgotten Chapter? Trans-Pacific Partnership Chapter 26 Transparency and Anti-Corruption” – is forthcoming in Canadian International Lawyer Vol 11(2).
Social Responsibility and Corporate Governance, International and Domestic Public Law, National Security Law, Commercial Law in Public Context
Oonagh Fitzgerald is the director of CIGI’s International Law Research Program, since April 2014, overseeing the development of its program of international economic, environmental and intellectual property law research. Oonagh began her career at the Law Reform Commission of Canada in 1983 and throughout her career in various departments of the federal government gained extensive experience as a senior executive working on issues of international law and its implementation in Canada.
From 2011-2014, Oonagh served as national security coordinator for the Department of Justice Canada. From 2007–2011, she served as the Department of National Defence and Canadian Forces legal adviser, leading a large corporate counsel team of civilian Department of Justice lawyers, military lawyers and Department of National Defence administrative professionals. Prior to this she served as acting chief legal counsel for the Public Law Sector of the Department of Justice (2004-2005), and before that was special adviser for international law (2003).
From 2000 to 2002, Oonagh was assistant secretary to Cabinet, Legislation and House Planning/Counsel, Privy Council Office, Canada. She has taught in the Faculty of Law and the Telfer School of Administration at the University of Ottawa. She also taught law courses at Carleton University, l’Institut international du droit de l’homme in Strasbourg, and the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo.
Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983, Oonagh has a B.A. (honours) of fine arts from York University (1977), and obtained her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School (1981), an LL.M. from the University of Ottawa (1990), her S.J.D. from the University of Toronto (1994), and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University (2007).
Sara L Seck
International Environmental Law, Business and Human Rights, Climate Justice, State Responsibility and Liability, Sustainable Mineral Development, Gender
Originally from St John’s Newfoundland, Sara L Seck, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) where she is also a member of the Marine and Environmental Law Institute, and a Senior Fellow in the International Environmental Law research stream of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)’s International Law Research Program. In 2015, she was awarded the Emerging Scholarship Award by the Academy of Environmental Law of the IUCN, for her contributions to environmental law scholarship since 2007. Professor Seck is a member of the editorial board of the recently launched Business and Human Rights Journal (Cambridge University Press), a member of the governance committee of Columbia University’s Teaching Business and Human Rights Forum, and a member of the academic outreach committee of the Canadian Council on International Law. She also serves as Deputy Director for North America of the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment.
international Trade, International Investment, Regulatory Compliance, International Trade Agreements
Matthew Kronby has an LLB from the University of Toronto and is part of the Ontario and New York Bar. He practices in the areas on international trade, investment and regulatory compliances. He was recently recognized as one of Canada´s leading international trade lawyers in Chambers Global. He is adjunct professor of International Arbitration at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto, an officer of the International Bar Association´s International Trade and Customs Law Committee and a Chair of the Legal Committee of Transparency International Canada. He began his career as a foreign service officer with Canada´s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. He was the Government of Canada´s lead lawyer in the negotiations of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements with various countries in the world. He is now partner in Bennett Jones after being Director General of the Government of Canada´s Trade Law Bureau for 3 years
Commercial Banking, Import/Export, International Trade
Stephen Lowe is a retired commercial banker, whose career spanned more than 30 years in this sector and at locations in the United Kingdom and Canada. He holds a LL.M from Robert Gordon University in Scotland and is a member of the Institute of Bankers and Institute of Export (UK). Stephen currently resides in Prince Edward Island with his young family.
Marsha Simone Cadogan
International Intellectual Property, Geographical Indications, International Development, Innovation and Intellectual Property, Trade and Intellectual Property
Marsha Simone Cadogan is a post-doctoral fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation, International Law Research Program. She researches in the areas of the international law of geographical indications and creating workable linkages between GIs and trade mark rights in a Canadian context, and in intellectual property rights and innovation policies. Her broader research interests are in international intellectual property rights and trade, and intellectual property rights and development implications for emerging and developed economies. Marsha’s research interest is multi-jurisdictional, and includes expertise in the IP jurisdictions of the European Union, United States, Switzerland, Japan, Canada and the Caribbean. Marsha taught Legal Research and Writing at Osgoode Hall Law School York University between 2009-2015. She is also a Barrister & Solicitor with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Armand de Mestral
International Trade Law, Arbitration, Public International Law, Constitutional Law
Emeritus Professor, McGill University, Jean Monnet Chair in Law; Co-Director McGill – Université de Montréal, Institute of European Studies 2002- 8; Interim Director, Institute of Air and Space Law McGill University, 1998-2002; Senior Fellow CIGI 2014- ; Recent publications : International Law 7th Ed, 2006 ( co-author), Law and Practice of International Trade (2nd edition; 1999) ; The North American Free Trade Agreement – A Comparative Study, Hague Academy of International Law , Receuil des cours (2000) Panelist and arbitrator in disputes under WTO, CUFTA and NAFTA. Member of the Canadian Delegation to the UN Law of the Sea Conference 1973 -80. Consultant to NACEC and Law Commission of Canada. President, Canadian Red Cross Society 1999-2001. Appointed Member of the Order of Canada December 28, 2007.07.
Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger
International Law on Sustainable Development, Treaty Negotiation and Implementation in Relation to Climate Change, Biodiversity, Natural Resources, Indigenous Rights, Global Green Economy
Prof Dr Marie-Claire Cordonier Segger, DPhil (Oxon) MEM (Yale) BCL, LLB (McGill), is an expert scholar, jurist and author on international law and governance for sustainable development. Laureate of the 2016 international Justitia Regnorum Fundamentum Award, she serves as Senior Director of the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), fellow of the Centre for Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Governance and the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at the University of Cambridge, and Professor of Law, Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, Canada. She has served on the Board of the International Law Association Canadian Branch for over 10 years, and is Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on the Role of Law in Sustainable Resources Management. As author/editor of 22 books and over 90 papers in five languages, she edits the Cambridge University Press Series on Implementing Treaties on Sustainable Development, and serves on the editorial boards of 7 international and sustainable development law journals. She is Executive Secretary for the Climate Law and Governance Initiative, and Senior Legal Advisor to the Presidency of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change CoP22. She has also served as Senior Legal Advisor to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands; Senior Legal Expert, Sustainable Development for the International Development Law Organization (IDLO); Senior Research Director, Sustainable Prosperity; and A/Director in Natural Resources Canada, among other positions. Prof Cordonier-Segger chairs the World Bank Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development TWG on Environment and Natural Resources Law, leading it’s Climate Change CoP, and also serves as International Professor for the University of Chile and the University of Kisangani, on the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL), the Boards of the Trust for Sustainable Living and the Cordonier-Gehring Family Foundation, and the jury for several international granting bodies. She is a Councillor of the World Future Council, speaks 5 languages, and enjoys books, collecting artwork, and heritage and nature conservation.
Debra P. Steger
International Trade, Investment, Dispute Settlement/Arbitration
Debra Steger is Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law and Full Professor at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law where she teaches and conducts research in the fields of international trade, investment, and dispute settlement/arbitration.
Professor Steger was the first Director of the Appellate Body Secretariat of the WTO. During the Uruguay Round, she was the Senior Negotiator on Dispute Settlement and the Establishment of the World Trade Organization as well as the principal legal counsel for the Government of Canada. She has served as General Counsel of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and practised international trade, investment and competition law with major law firms in Canada. She has served on dispute settlement panels in the WTO and the NAFTA, has been appointed to dispute settlement rosters for free trade agreements and the Agreement on Internal Trade, acted as counsel in several WTO disputes, and provided technical assistance and training to developing country Members of the WTO. She serves on several editorial, academic, and other advisory committees.
She has an LL.M. from the University of Michigan, an LL.B. from the University of Victoria, and a B.A. from the University of British Columbia. She has published 11 books and over 140 articles, book chapters and reports on international trade law, international investment law and international dispute settlement/arbitration.
Judge, Commercial Court, Arbitration, Mediation, Insolvency and Restructuring, Shareholder and Company Disputes
Justice Barry Leon is the High Court Judge (Commercial Division), Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, in the Territory of the Virgin Islands. The Commercial Court is located in Road Town, Tortola, Territory of the Virgin Islands.
Prior to his appointment to the Court in March 2015, Justice Leon was a Partner and Head of the International Arbitration Group at Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP, a leading international arbitration firm based in Ottawa, Canada. Until 2009 he was a Partner with Torys LLP in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution Practice in Toronto, Canada, and for many years served as Coordinator of the Practice. He has more than 30 years of experience as counsel, acting on many complex and significant cases for a wide variety of clients and involving many different industries including financial services, natural resources, energy, technology, intellectual property, manufacturing and construction.
While Justice Leon primarily acted as counsel in disputes, he also served as an arbitrator and mediator, which he continues to do occasionally. He is a commercial arbitrator and mediator with Arbitration Place and ADR Chambers, sits as an international arbitrator on International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)) and other international arbitrations. Justice Leon is a Fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and an International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator.
Justice Leon received numerous professional recognitions in international arbitration and other areas including from Global Arbitration Review’s GAR 100; Chambers Global; Lexpert/American Lawyer’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; PLC Which Lawyer?; The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration; The Best Lawyers in Canada; Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration; Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada; and Who’s Who Legal – Canada.
In 2013 he received CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution’s “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in ADR”.
Justice Leon has been an active member of numerous international arbitration organizations, serving in executive positions and on task forces and commissions, and organizing conferences and events. He is immediate past Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, ICC Canada (Canadian National Committee of the ICC) and Co-Chair of The Advocates’ Society’s Arbitration and Mediation Advocacy Practice Group. He regularly chaired conferences and panels and speaks and writes extensively on arbitration, commercial litigation and mediation topics.
Justice Leon was admitted to Bar in Ontario, Canada in 1976. He holds a law degree from the University of Toronto, an MBA degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario, and a BA (Political Science; Economics) from the University of Alberta.
Biodiversity Law, Environmental Law, Sustainable Development Law, Aboriginal Law
Mr. Frédéric Perron-Welch M.A. (Toronto) LL.B (Dalhousie) is the Director of Sustainable Development for Agriculture and Mining Divisions. He is a Canadian lawyer with extensive experience advocating and providing legal advice to Canadian and international public, private and civil sector organizations on sustainable agriculture, biodiversity conservation, biosafety (GMOs), biotrade, biotechnology, climate change and sustainable development.
Mr Perron-Welch is also a member of the Bar of Ontario, Board Member of International Law Association-Canada, Treasurer of the Canadian Environmental Network, Programme Manager for Biodiversity and Biosafety Law at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, member of the World Commission on Environmental Law.
International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, Indigenous Rights
Ritu Gambhir is a Humanitarian Affairs Adviser with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). She has considerable professional experience at the national and international levels. She practiced constitutional, administrative and aboriginal law with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. In addition, she practiced aboriginal law with the Canadian Department of Justice with a focus on international indigenous issues. She served as a Human Rights Officer with the United Nations Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal as well as with the United Nations peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. She also worked as Humanitarian Affairs Officer with MSF in Chad.
Called to the Bar of Ontario in 2000, Ritu has a B.A. from McGill University (1994), an LL.B. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (1998), an M.H.S.A. from the School of Health Administration at Dalhousie University (1998) and an LL.M. from the New York University School of Law (2005) where she was a Global Public Service Scholar
Private International law, International Commercial Arbitration, Complex Litigation, Dispute Resolution
Janet Walker currently teaches private intenational law, international commercial arbitration and complex litigation in the JD and the professional LLM programs and is Director of the Professional LLM in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution at Osgoode Law School. She is the author of Castel and Walker: Canadian Conflict of Law and the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on the Conflict of Law. She has participated in numerous publications and lectures all over the world including Wuhan and Xi’an, NYU, Oxford, Hebrew University of Jerusalem among others. She has served as International Advisor to the American Law Institute and has served as an ICC and ICDR arbitrator and consults and serves as expert in matters of international litigation, arbitration and complex litigation.
International Banking Law, International Finance Law, International Financial Transparency, Financial Institutions Law
Mark Jewett has an LLB from the University of New Brunswick and Cambridge University. He has extensive legal experience in financial services and public law. He has held several senior positions in private and public sector over the course of his career. He was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of the Bank of Canada and currently works at Bennett Jones. In 2009 he acted as Secretary to the G-20 Working Group on Enhancing Sound Regulation and Strengthening Transparency in the Financial Sector, and is currently a Special Advisor to the Justice and Finance Departments on Banking and Financial Institutions Law. He has given lectures at Harvard, Cornell and Cambridge among other university and institutions.
International Investment Law, International Law, International Commercial law, International Arbitration
Prof. Andrew Newcombe is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law since 2002 at the University of Victoria. He teaches international investment law, international law and commercial law and international arbitration. He has worked in the International Arbitration Public International Law groups of Freshfields Bruckahaus Deringer in Paris. In 2014 he created ITA ( Investment Treaty Arbitration), an international research website focused on international investment treaty law and arbitration. He advises governments, investors and non-state actors and acts as counsel and arbitrator and he is co-author of Law and Practice of Investment treaties: Standars of Treatment (Kluwer 2009) and co- editor of Sustainable Development in World Investment Law ( Kluwer 2011) among other publications.
International Criminal Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Space Law, Space Security, International Relations, Comparative Law
Dr. Cassandra Steer is the Executive Director of Women in International Security (WIIS) Canada, and a 2018 Visiting Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Ethics and Rule of Law. Formerly she was Executive Director of the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, and a Wainwright Junior Fellow at McGill’s Faculty of Law. Her book “Translating Guilt: Identifying Leadership Liability for Mass Atrocity Crimes” (Springer, 2017) provides a comparative analysis of forms of liability in international criminal law. Her current research interests focus on space security and the application of the law of armed conflict and use of force in space, and she is currently working on an edited volume, a book and several articles in this field. She has also been a consultant to military lawyers in the Canadian Judge Advocate General’s Office on these issues.
Previously Cassandra was a Junior Professor at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, teaching criminal law, international criminal law, public international law, and legal research methods. She has a PhD in International Criminal Law, and has been a Visiting Researcher at universities in Argentina, Canada, Germany and the USA, where she was also a Fulbright Scholar.
Currently, Cassandra Steer is the member for Canada on the International Law Association Space Law Committee; an Associate Expert contributing to the Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Activities in Outer Space (MILAMOS); and a member of the International Institute of Space Law, Women in Aerospace, the Centre for International Peace and Security Studies, the NATO Association of Canada, and the International Society for Military Law and the Law of War.