Fabien Gélinas draws upon his impressive academic and professional background to provide clients with in-depth advice in commercial arbitration matters.
Fabien Gélinas AdE is Sir William C Macdonald Professor of Law at McGill University, where he teaches commercial and investment arbitration, and civil law and common law contracts. A former Supreme Court law clerk, he studied law and politics at the University of Ottawa, the University of Montreal and the Paris School of Diplomatic and Strategic Studies, and holds a doctorate in law from the University of Oxford.
Gélinas was formerly general counsel of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and is immediate past chair of the Canadian Arbitration Committee. He regularly serves as arbitrator and tribunal chair in multimillion and multibillion-dollar international matters. He occasionally acts as counsel, notably for governments. A senior barrister, Gélinas was recently awarded the Advocatus Emeritus designation by the Quebec Bar.
Gélinas was national correspondent and delegate to UNCITRAL and dispute resolution expert to the OECD. He acts as appointing authority upon designation by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in matters involving states and serves as expert witness in court proceedings on comparative law and arbitration law and practice. Gélinas sits on various boards as adviser or director. He is a director of SICANA, the secretariat of the International Court of Arbitration in North America.
Gélinas has authored and edited several books and articles on arbitration law and practice, international and transnational law, adjudicative independence, online dispute resolution, internet governance, and globalisation. His volumes include The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) (TDM, 2016) and Trade Usages and Implied Terms in the Age of Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2016).