International Arbitration

Stikeman Elliott’s international arbitration lawyers have participated in some of the highest profile arbitrations in Canada and have served as arbitrators or counsel before a variety of global arbitration tribunals and across a breadth of industries. We achieve successful and cost-effective resolutions for our clients while never losing sight of the strategic business factors at play. Our lawyers seamlessly navigate and manage jurisdictional and related issues, either as lead counsel or working cooperatively as local counsel within a larger international advisory team.

Multilingual and multicultural, our team includes lawyers who are trained in both common and civil law traditions, bringing international experience and sensitivity to global disputes. Stikeman Elliott’s team includes a former senior judge of the Québec Court of Appeal and numerous highly ranked litigators, as well as internationally recognized arbitrators.

Clients from a variety of industries are expertly represented in international ad hoc arbitrations under the UNCITRAL rules, as well as in domestic ad hoc arbitrations throughout Canada. We also arbitrate major international disputes through the ICC, ICDR, LCIA, and ICSID, as well as other institutions. Where necessary, team members appear in Canadian courts for the enforcement or recognition of arbitral awards or where arbitral proceedings are in issue. The firm’s practitioners also assist our corporate lawyers in the negotiation and drafting of arbitration clauses, particularly in complex international transactions.

Our Expertise

  • ADR Chambers and ADR Institute of Canada
  • American Arbitration Association (AAA) and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR)
  • Arbitration Committee and Panel Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Association of Maritime Arbitrators of Canada (AMAC)
  • Canadian Commercial Arbitration Center (CCAC)
  • Court of Arbitration for Sport
  • International Arbitration Panel of the Canadian Council for International Business
  • International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) (International Court of Arbitration)
  • Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services, Inc. (JAMS)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
  • Chambers Global 2020 for Disputes (International & Cross-Border)
  • The Legal 500 Canada 2019 for International Expertise: International Arbitration
  • Lexpert 2019 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada for Dispute Resolution