Thomas Manson


Certifications: Q.C., C. Arb., C. Med.

Languages: English

Beijing , China, China

Thomas Manson, Q.C. is a Vancouver-based arbitrator. Currently, he is a member of the Faculty of Law of Beijing Foreign Studies University, China. He teaches (online during the Covid pandemic) Legal Writing at BFSU and also Academic Writing at Peking University. He has extensive experience as a panelist on internet domain name disputes, both individually and as a co-panelist.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Law, Commercial Law, Contract Law, Corporate Law, Environmental Law – Cost Recovery Disputes, Environmental Law – Partnership Disputes, Environmental Law – Remediation, Governance Dispute Law, Public Utilities Industry, Resource Industry – Energy, Resource Industry – Fisheries, Resource Industry – Forestry, Resource Industry – Gas, Resource Industry – Oil, Shareholder Rights, Shareholder Disputes, Societies Law

Professional Experience

Thomas Manson, QC is a Vancouver lawyer and arbitrator. He is currently working in Beijing, PRC, as a Foreign Expert at Peking University, while continuing legal and arbitration matters.

Mr. Manson was called to the Bar in 1981. His law practice includes dispute resolution in connection with commercial, corporate, and environmental disputes.

He has acted as sole arbitrator and as a member of an arbitration panel in commercial, environmental, and other disputes.

Arbitration Experience

Lawyer (1981 – Present)

Arbitrator (1995-present)

Member/Panelist of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre (1997 – present),

Member/Panelist of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (2007 – present),

Panelist of the CIETAC, Xi’an Arbitration Commission, Chongqing Arbitration Commission (2012- present)

Arbitrator of the Fourth Committee of the Chongqing (China) Arbitration Commission (2013- present)

Professional and Other Activities

Director of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (2010 – 2013)

Vice President of the British Columbia Arbitration and Mediation Institute (2011 – 2013)

Chair – “Securities Litigation” Courses, 2000 and 2005, Continuing Legal Education Society of B.C.

Course Lecturer – CLE, Canadian Securities Institute, BC Compliance Officers’ Forum, Association of Canadian Compliance Professionals, Canadian Institute, Insight, BCAMI, and Client Seminars

Author/Contributor – Numerous papers for CLEBC; CLE’s Supreme Court Chambers Orders, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013 (in progress) Updates; CSA Insider Trading Task Force Report, 2003

Tom has travelled extensively and given lectures in China on Canadian legal and regulatory matters at Shandong University (Weihai), Harbin Institute of Technology (Weihai), Heilongjiang University (Haerbin), Nanjing University School of Law (Nanjing), China University of Political Science and Law (Beijing), HIT School of Law (Haerbin), the Law School of Shandong University (Jinan), University of International Business & Economics (Beijing), Central University of Finance and Economics (Beijing), China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC, Beijing),  the Centre for Financial Regulation and Economic Development, Chinese University of Hong Kong, School of Law of Sun Yat-Sen University (Guǎngzhōu), and Law School of Central University of Finance and Economics (Běijīng).

Academic Qualifications

LLB., University of Victoria, 1980

M.A. University of London (School of Oriental & African Studies), 1977

B.A., University of British Columbia, 1976

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