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WWL Ranking: Recommended

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"He is an excellent academic and arbitrator"
"Fabien is an extremely impressive arbitrator"
"His background at the ICC, along with his practical experience and academic work, gives him an impressive breadth of knowledge of international arbitration"

Biography

Fabien Gélinas AdE is Sir William C Macdonald Professor of Law at McGill University, where he teaches international arbitration, and civil 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 chair of the Canadian Arbitration Committee. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and serves as arbitrator and tribunal chair in multimillion- and multibillion-dollar international commercial and investment matters. A senior barrister, Gélinas occasionally serves as counsel.

Gélinas was dispute resolution expert to the OECD and delegate to UNCITRAL. He is Canada’s CLOUT correspondent for arbitration. He acts as appointing authority upon designation by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) in matters involving states, and is appointed to the CUSMA (formerly NAFTA) Chapter 19 Roster. 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, and globalisation. His volumes include Trade Usages and Implied Terms in the Age of Arbitration (Oxford University Press, 2016), eAccess to Justice (University of Ottawa Press, 2016), and The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between the European Union and Canada (CETA) (TDM, 2016).

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