Craig Chiasson

Counsel
Law office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Certifications: C. Arb.

Languages: English

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Craig has been practicing Intellectual Property Law, acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and other multilateral investment treaties, for both respondent States and claimant investors. Craig has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and other multilateral investment treaties, for both respondent States and claimant investors.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Law, Banking Law, Company Law, Competition Law, Conflict Law, Construction Law, Contract Law, Financial Services, Fine Art Law, General Civil Law, Information Technology Industry, International Law, Investment Treaty, Multi-Party Disputes, Partnership Disputes, Product Liability Law, Resource Industry, Sale of Goods Law, Securities Law, Shareholder Disputes, Shareholder Rights, Trade Law

Professional Experience

Craig has acted as counsel in international commercial arbitrations and in investor-state arbitrations under bilateral investment treaties and other multilateral investment treaties, for both respondent States and claimant investors.

Arbitration Experience

His international commercial arbitration experience (past and present) includes, representing:

  • A Canadian pharmaceutical development company in an ICC arbitration
  • An English marine equipment company in an ICC arbitration
  • A Canadian mining company in an UNCITRAL arbitration
  • A Portuguese cement company in an ICC arbitration
  • A US satellite manufacturer in an ICC arbitration and ad hoc proceedings
  • A Korean shipbuilding company in an ICC arbitration
  • A French nuclear power plant contractor
  • A major international financial institution in an ICC arbitration
  • An Albanian mobile telephone company
  • A Russian energy company in an ICC arbitration
  • A Canadian software company in two international arbitrations under the BCICAC rules
  • A Greek financial institution in a dispute relating to the purchase of a foreign financial institution

His investment treaty experience includes advising:

  • An European State on issues arising out of an investor’s claims for breach of the Energy Charter Treaty relating to the revocation of power-generation concessions
  • An African State on issues arising out of an investor’s claims for breach of a bilateral investment treaty relating mining rights
  • An international energy company on issues arising out of its claims for breach of relevant bilateral investment treaties in relation to its assets in a South American State
  • An international energy company on issues arising out of its claims for breach of relevant bilateral investment treaties in relation to its assets in a CIS State

Craig has also acted as tribunal secretary to Jan Paulsson in Pantechniki S.A. Contractors & Engineers v. Republic of Albania (ICSID Case No ARB/07/21) and in an ICC case to Noah Rubins relating to the dismantling, transportation and reconstruction of a steel plant.
He has appeared as counsel in ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SCC, BCICAC and ad hoc arbitration proceedings and in the Appeal, Supreme, and Provincial Courts of British Columbia

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Roster of Arbitrators of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (BCICAC)
  • Member of International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Canada’s Arbitration Committee, including as a member of its list of arbitrators
  • Advisory Board Member of the International Arbitration Law Project of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada
  • Member of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
  • Member of the London Court of International Arbitration
  • Advisory Board Member of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Member of the International, Canadian and Vancouver Bar Associations
  • Contributor to International Law Office on issues of international arbitration

Academic Qualifications

Qualified Solicitor of England and Wales, 2011
Qualified Barrister and Solicitor of the Law Society of BC, 2002
University of Alberta, LLB, 2001
University of British Columbia, BEd, 1995
University of British Columbia, BA, 1992

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