Haig Oghigian’s practice is primarily focused on international dispute resolution. He also advises on a wide range of issues in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sector with an emphasis on government relations and regulatory matters.
Haig has acted as counsel, arbitrator and mediator in over 100 cases, including high-profile ICC, JCAA and SIAC cases in Asia, Europe and the US. He has also represented a pharmaceutical industry association in a non-tariff trade barrier dispute against the Japanese government at the World Trade Organization. He is consistently highly ranked by the leading rating institutions including Chambers, GAR and The Legal 500: Asia. He is widely published in various journals and is the author and editor of The Law of Commerce in Japan (Simon Schuster/Prentice Hall).
He received a diploma in international commercial arbitration from the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators after completing a programme at Keble College, Oxford University. He also received a diploma in Japanese language from the US Department of State at the Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama, Japan.
Haig is listed as an arbitrator and mediator with the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA); the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC); the International Centre for Dispute Resolution of the American Arbitration Association (AAA); the Singapore International Arbitration Association (SIAC); the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Association (BCICAC); the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); the Beijing Arbitration Association (BAA); the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA); and the Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre (KLAC).
Haig began his career in Japan as the legal economic officer at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. He returned to private practice in Japan in 2000.
WWL says: Haig Oghigian is "one of the leading arbitration experts in Asia" and scored highly for the "depth and breadth of his disputes expertise".
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