Portrait of

Government Experience

  • Government of Canada—Chief of Staff to the Minister, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (2003-2004)
  • Government of the Province of Ontario—Special Assistant to the Minister, Ontario Ministry of Energy (1988-1989); Special Assistant to the Minister, Ontario Ministry of Citizenship (1989-1990)

Education

  • McGill University, B.A. (1987) joint honors, philosophy and political science
  • University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, Windsor, Canada, LL.B (1993)
  • University of Cambridge, Faculty of Law, Cambridge, U.K. (St. Edmund's College), LL.M. (1998)

Admissions

  • Barrister and Solicitor, Ontario, Canada
  • Licensed to practice as a Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia

Languages

  • French (Beginner)
Ian A. Laird, Partner Washington, D.C.
ilaird@crowell.com
Phone: +1 202.624.2879
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Ian A. Laird is co-chair of the firm's International Dispute Resolution Group and an adjunct professor at Columbia University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. He represents a range of clients in international arbitration proceedings involving disputes between corporations and foreign sovereign governments. Ian is recognized as a leading practitioner in the arbitration field by the International Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2016. Ian is best known for being lead counsel for Khan Resources Inc., which recently secured a US$100 million international arbitration award against the Government of Mongolia (in March 2015).

As a former chief of staff to a Canadian cabinet minister and a senior political aide to the Ontario Minister of Energy, Ian has run political campaigns and understands the intimate workings of government and politics, as well as their impact on industry. For over 15 years, Ian has counseled parties in investment arbitrations under the provisions of NAFTA, CAFTA-DR, the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), and other international investment agreements, typically applying the arbitration rules of ICSID or UNCITRAL.

A long-time Washingtonian with extensive experience representing Fortune 500 clients, Ian advises corporations on geopolitical concerns when their investments face challenges overseas. He works primarily with clients involving issues in the energy and natural resources sector – such as power generation, oil and gas, and mining.

Ian's experience includes working on the earliest NAFTA investor-state arbitrations involving each of the three NAFTA state parties, and most recently has handled high profile gold and uranium mining arbitrations under the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. He is currently counsel on numerous investment treaty arbitrations and disputes, most recently involving the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Turkey.

Ian serves as co-director of the International Investment Law Center (International Law Institute), which conducts its annual, two-week fall program on investment agreements and arbitration in Washington, D.C., and he is co-editor of the book series, Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law (volume 9 was recently published by Juris Publishing). He has co-edited eleven books, and is co-chair of the only annual conference (organized by Juris Conferences) on investment arbitration held in Washington, D.C. Ian is also the co-founder and editor-in-chief of a leading resource in the field of investment arbitration, InvestmentClaims.com, which is published by Oxford University Press.

Ian is a D.C.-licensed Special Legal Consultant based in the firm's Washington office.

Representative Experience

  • Represented a Canadian uranium mining company in its dispute with the Government of Mongolia and secured an award of damages for US$100 million in respect of the illegal expropriation of its licenses in Mongolia. (Khan Resources Inc. v. Mongolia)
  • Represented a Dutch real estate developer in an Annulment application proceeding before an ICSID ad hoc Committee comprising Judge Peter Tomka (President), Ms. Cherie Booth QC and Dr. Christoph Schreuer. (Tulip Real Estate & Development Netherlands BV v. Republic of Turkey)
  • Represented an American gold mining company against El Salvador in an ICSID arbitration arising out of the government's improper refusal to issue various environmental licenses and an exploitation concession. (Pac Rim v. El Salvador)
  • Represented U.S. investors in a CAFTA-DR arbitration against the Government of the Dominican Republic relating to the expropriation of a residential and resort project (called "Jamaca de Dios") in the mountain region of central DR. (Ballantine v. Dominican Republic)
  • Acted as a Sole Arbitrator in an ICC supply agreement dispute between American and British parties.
  • Represented an Italian investor in a dispute against Lithuania in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the Italy-Lithuania BIT. The dispute arose in relation to that State's unfair and inequitable treatment of the investor's investment in the country's alcohol industry. (Bosca v. Lithuania).
  • Represented an American-owned Kazakh investor against Kazakhstan in an ICSID arbitration under the U.S.-Kazakhstan BIT relating to the government's expropriation of the investor's oil production concession. (Caratube International Oil Company v. Kazakhstan)
  • Represented a Cypriot company against the Government of Turkey in an ICSID arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT) relating to the expropriation by Turkey of energy sector investments. (Libananco Holdings Co. Limited v. Turkey)
  • Represented numerous U.S.-based, Fortune 500 clients to provide advice on international law and arbitration, in particular with respect to the application of NAFTA.
  • Acted as Sole Arbitrator in ICC contract dispute between American and Italian parties.
  • Represented American shareholders against the Government of Canada in a NAFTA claim. The main claimant, Mr. Marvin Gottlieb, was amongst the many U.S.-based investors who lost in excess of $5 Billion as a result of the Canadian Government's decision to eliminate the income trust tax mechanism with regard to Canadian energy trusts. (Gottlieb et al v. Canada)
  • Represented forty-two Texas claimants before the Superior Court of Ontario in the judicial review of a NAFTA tribunal's jurisdiction award concerning water rights in Mexico of U.S. based investors. (Bayview et al v. Mexico)
  • Represented a U.S. energy services company in a dispute before ICSID arising out of investments in Peru. Successful multimillion dollar final award rendered in 2008. (Duke Energy Peru Investments No. 1, Ltd. v. Peru)
  • Represented United Parcel Service (UPS) in a lengthy and complex NAFTA arbitration against the Government of Canada under the UNCITRAL rules. The dispute concerned alleged breaches by the government's crown corporation, Canada Post Corporation, with regarding to anti-competitive and discriminatory measures taken by Canada and Canada Post in the courier service market in Canada. (United Parcel Service v. Canada)
  • Represented two Canadian lumber firms against the U.S. Government in an UNCITRAL arbitration under the NAFTA. After the demise of the previous Softwood Lumber Agreement, Canadian lumber firms made strong allegations against the U.S. Government with regard to the fairness and impartiality of the U.S. Government's decisions concerning anti-dumping duties and countervailing duties on softwood lumber imports from Canada. Although the tribunal granted jurisdiction and leave for the arbitration to proceed to the merits phase, the intervening signing of the latest Softwood Lumber Agreement by Canada and the United States resulted in the settlement of the arbitration process.  (Canfor Corporation v. United States, Terminal Forest Products Ltd. v. United States)
  • Represented a U.S. lumber company against the Government of Canada in an UNCITRAL arbitration pursuant to the NAFTA.  Claimant sought compensation from the Government of Canada with regard to alleged breaches of the NAFTA obligations concerning expropriation, national treatment, and fair and equitable treatment. The claimant was ultimately successful on one part of its claim, receiving damages for the breach of the fair and equitable treatment standard under Article 1105, and was able to preserve its business in the face of arbitrary and discriminatory conduct of Canadian government officials. (Pope & Talbot, Inc. v. Canada)
  • Represented a U.S. investor in a NAFTA dispute with the Government of Canada under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. The tribunal awarded damages to the claimant for the discriminatory and protectionist conduct of Canada with regard to lost investments in the PCB waste remediation market in Canada. (S.D. Myers, Inc. v. Canada)
  • In one of the first NAFTA arbitration claims, Ian Laird represented the Government of British Columbia, Canada.  This claim did not ultimately proceed to arbitration, but involved important early issues concerning water rights and the role of sub-national governments being subject to investor-state arbitration claims. (Sun Belt Water, Inc. v. Canada)

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada - Called to the Ontario Bar, and enrolled as a Solicitor of the Court of Appeal of Ontario
  • District of Columbia - Licensed to practice as a Special Legal Consultant
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA) - International Law Section, Past-Chair, Section Executive Committee
  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA) - International Law Section, Past-Co-Chair, Trade and Investment Committee
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) - Arbitration Committee, International Affairs Committee
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) - Roster of Canadian Arbitrators
  • International Bar Association (IBA)
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP), Founder and former Executive Committee Member
  • Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) International Moot Competition, Advisory Board Member
  • University of Windsor Faculty of Law, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law - International Advisory Board Member to Dual Canada/U.S. J.D. Program
  • International Investment Law Center (International Law Institute) (IILC) - Co-Director of Center
  • Canada-U.S. Law Institute (CUSLI) - Advisory Board Member; Chair, Niagara International Moot Court Competition


Affiliations

Admitted to practice in Ontario, Canada, and licensed to practice as a Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia.



Highlights, News & Knowledge


Speeches & Presentations

  • Northwind’s 2016 Mining Invitational Forum, Cambridge, UK (November 21, 2016). Presenter: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Arbitrator Independence, Impartiality, and Disclosure Re-Visited," ICC Canada International Arbitration Conference, Toronto, Ontario (October 14, 2016). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Renewable Energy and Investment Arbitration,” Third Houston Annual Conference on Oil and Gas Investment Arbitration, Houston, TX (September 16, 2016). Conference Co-Chair and Panel Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Fall 2016 International Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series," Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, Columbia Law School, New York, NY (September 12, September 26, October 4, October 17, October 24, October 31, and November 7, 2016). Co-Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investment Issues - Trade Agreement Monitoring and Implementation,” Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA (July 27, 2016). Lecturer: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Transparency in Investment Arbitration," The Fifth Biennial Global Conference of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL), Oliver Schreiner School of Law and Mandela Institute, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa (July 8, 2016). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Venezuela Update Webinar: Exchange Controls and Possible International Remedies to Recover Stranded Funds, and OFAC Sanctions," Crowell & Moring Webinar (June 22, 2016). Speakers: Ian A. Laird, Eduardo Mathison, Melissa Morris, David (Dj) Wolff, and Pedro L. Planchart.
  • “A Celebration of Ten Years of Leading-Edge Research, Debate and Discussion,” Juris Conferences – Tenth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (May 12-13, 2016). Conference Co-Chair and Presenter: Ian A. Laird.
  • “Hawai’i as the New Forum for Investor-State Arbitration in TPP and US-ASEAN?” Conference on Hawai’i: Catalyzing the US-ASEAN Partnership, William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu, Hawai’i (April 16, 2016). Lecturer: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investment Issues - Trade Agreement Monitoring and Implementation,” Foreign Service Institute, Arlington, VA (April 1, 2016). Lecturer: Ian A. Laird.
  • "TTIP and the Future of Investment Treaty Arbitration," Georgetown International Arbitration Month, Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C. (February 5, 2016). Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The Transpacific Partnership: Promise or Peril," Canada-U.S. Law Institute Distinguished Lecture, Western Law School, London, Ontario, Canada (November 16, 2015). Lecturer: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Fall 2015 International Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series," Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, Columbia Law School, New York, NY (September 24, October 8, October 15, November 5, November 12, 2015; and February 4, 2016). Co-Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Ensuring Your Tribunal Has Jurisdiction," International Arbitration: Keeping One Step Ahead of Your Opponent, Crowell & Moring, Brussels, Belgium (October 29, 2015). Presenter: Ian A. Laird.
  • First Annual Oxford Investment Claims Summer Academy, St. Anne's College, Oxford, UK (July 13-14, 2015). Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Alternative Means of Enforcement: Enforcing Commercial Arbitration Awards through Investment Arbitration," Harvard International Arbitration Conference, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA (April 10, 2015). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Spring 2015 International Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series," Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, Columbia Law School, New York, NY (January 22, January 29, February 5, February 11, March 12, March 26, and April 2, 2015). Co-Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investment Treaty Arbitration and Natural Resources," Juris Conferences – Ninth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (February 26, 2015). Conference Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Corrupting Investor State Arbitration? The Role of Corruption Allegations in IIA Proceedings," Oxford University Press Investment Claims Webinar Series (February 20, 2015). Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "New Trends in Investor-State Dispute Settlement," Georgetown International Arbitration Month, Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C. (February 9, 2015). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Is the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties Dead in BIT Arbitration?" Oxford University Press Investment Claims Webinar Series (October 20, 2014). Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Arbitrators Perspective: The Conundrum: Quantification of Damages, and what is reasonably viewed as proven versus speculative," Juris Conferences – Third Annual Damages in International Arbitration Conference, New York, NY (October 6, 2014). Panelists: George D. Ruttinger and Ian A. Laird.
  • "Interim Relief in Investment Treaty Arbitration," 2014 Conference on Interim Measures in International Arbitration (APR) (April 24, 2014). Presenter: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Spring 2014 International Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series," Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, Columbia Law School, New York, NY (January 30, February 6, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 27, April 3, and April 10, 2014). Co-Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "New Developments in Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Return to Fundamentals?" Juris Conferences – Eighth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 28, 2014). Conference Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "ICSID Treaty Counterclaims: Requirements, Evolution of ICSID Cases and Investment Treaties," Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C. (February 12, 2014). Moderator: Eduardo Mathison; Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Protecting Israeli Investors and Industries Doing Business Overseas: International Investment Law and Investment Treaty Arbitration," Peres Academic Center and Crowell & Moring Conference, Rehovot, Israel (January 30, 2014). Presenters: Stuart H. Newberger, Ian A. Laird, Terry Rea, Jonathan S. Kallmer, and Claire Stockford.
  • "International Investment Agreements and Investor-State Arbitration," International Law Institute, Annual Two Week Program, Washington, D.C. (December 2-13, 2013). Course Advisor and Faculty Member: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The Mechanics of Third Party Funding of International Arbitration," YCAP Fall 2013 Symposium, in conjunction with ADR Institute of Canada and ICC Canada, Toronto, Ontario (October 24, 2013). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investor-State Dispute Resolution in the Energy Sector," Juris Conferences - Seventh Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 22, 2013). Conference Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Spring 2013 International Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series," Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, Columbia Law School, New York, NY (January 31, February 14, February 28, March 7, March 14, March 28, April 4, 2013). Co-Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Remedies Alternative to Damages," Columbia Arbitration Day 2013, Columbia Law School, New York, NY (March 8, 2013). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International Investment Agreements and Investor-State Arbitration," International Law Institute, Annual Two Week Program, Washington, D.C. (November 26-December 7, 2012). Course Advisor and Faculty Member: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Lifting the Corporate Veil: Investor Nationality and Denial of Benefits in Recent Investor-State Arbitral Awards," NYU Law School, Investment Law Forum, New York, NY (November 19, 2012). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "New Developments in International Arbitration: Regional Perspectives," ICC Canada 2012 International Arbitration Conference, Montreal, Quebec (October 26, 2012). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "NAFTA, CAFTA and Beyond? Investment Protection in the Americas," Juris Conferences - Sixth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (March 27, 2012). Conference Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Rebalancing the Investment Arbitration Regime: Implications for International Commercial Arbitration," Columbia Arbitration Day 2012, Columbia Law School, New York, New York (March 23, 2012). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Balance and International Investment Arbitration," University of Western Ontario Law School, London, Ontario (November 30, 2011). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International Investment Agreements and Investor-State Arbitration," International Law Institute, Annual two week program, Washington, DC (November 7-18, 2011). Course Advisor and Faculty Member: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International Law: Investor-State Arbitration in the Americas: Update on CAFTA and NAFTA," Joint Canadian Bar Association, ABA program, Toronto and Washington, DC webinar (October 13, 2011). Program Co-Chair and Moderator: Ian Laird.
  • "ILI and ICSID Discussion on Trends for Developing Countries in Investor-State Arbitration," CSO Forum at the World Bank, Washington, D.C. (September 23, 2011). Panelist: Ian A. Laird.
  • "NAFTA Practitioners' Perspective," U.S. - Mexico Chamber of Commerce conference titled “NAFTA: The Agenda for Sustainable Growth and Competitiveness” (May 19, 2011). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The Future of ICSID," Juris Conferences - Fifth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 5, 2011). Conference Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • International Law Institute, Annual two week program on "International Investment Agreements and Investor-State Arbitration" (November 1-12, 2010). Course Advisor and Faculty Member: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investment Arbitration in the Asia-Pacific Region," Juris Conferences - Fourth Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference, Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2010). Conference Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International Investment Arbitration Procedural Roundtable," ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting, New York, NY (April 15, 2010). Program Chair and Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Reflections Upon the Idea of International Judicial Review," Professor Thomas Wälde Memorial Symposium, St. Andrews, Scotland (October 16, 2009). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "New Developments in Canada's Screening of Foreign Investments", Program of the Canadian Bar Association, Ontario Bar Association and in cooperation with the American Bar Association, Washington, D.C. and Toronto, Ontario (September 29, 2009). Program Co-Chair and Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Canada-USA Border Issues: An New Bridge for Old allies", Joint Program of American Bar Association, Canadian Bar Association and Ontario Bar Association, Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2009). Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investor-State Dispute Resolution", Seminar on International Legal Issues presented to Government of the Republic of Colombia, Bogota, Colombia (June 5, 2009). Presenter: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Interpretation In Investment Arbitration", Juris Conferences - Third Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference: A Debate and Discussion, Washington, D.C. (April 30, 2009). Conference Co-Chair and Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Standards of Treatment in International Law - Convergence or Confusion?" Investment Law and Policy Speaker Series, Vale Columbia Center, New York City (March 12, 2009). Speaker: Ian Laird
  • "International Investment Agreements," APEC Workshop, Faculty Member and member of organizing committee, Week 1: Singapore, May 5-9, 2008; Week 2: Washington, DC, November 3-7, 2008. (November 7, 2008). Faculty Member: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The question of precedent and role of arbitral decisions in international investment arbitration as a form of soft law," Conference: The Hard Edge of Soft Law: The Real Impact of Customary International Law and Soft Law in Canada?, Canadian Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario (October 23, 2008). Presenter: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investment Agreements and Arbitration: a Driver of Reforms or an Assault on Sovereignty," 18th Economic Forum, Krynica, Poland (September 12, 2008). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Second Annual Investment Treaty Arbitration Conference: A Debate and Discussion," Juris Conferences, Washington, D.C. (April 25, 2008). Conference Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The Arbitration Request," Fourth Annual Seminar On International Commercial Arbitration: How To Handle Oil And Gas Industry Cases, American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (October 9, 2007). Seminar Faculty Member: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The Emerging Jurisprudence of International Investment Law," 9th Investment Treaty Forum Public Conference, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, London, U.K. (September 14, 2007). Event Co-Chair: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Introduction to Investment Arbitration", Lecture to lawyer group from Zhejiang Province, China, International Law Institute, Washington, D.C. (August 24, 2007). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "National Treatment – Is Discriminatory Intent Relevant?" Juris Conferences - Investment Treaty Arbitration: A Debate and Discussion, Washington, D.C. (May 17, 2007). Moderator: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Canada's Bilateral Investment Treaties: Opportunities and Pitfalls for Canadians Doing Business Abroad," Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, Ontario (November 30, 2006). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Fifth Annual Arbitration Symposium, Mock Arbitration," International Chamber of Commerce - Canadian National Committee, Montreal, Quebec (October 27, 2006). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Introduction to International Investment Arbitration," Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C. (October 23, 2006). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Damages and Valuation in International Investment Arbitration," American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (October 9, 2006). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Jurisdiction and Admissibility in Investment Arbitration," "Overlapping Contract & BIT Claims," and "Damages and Valuation in International Investment Arbitration," American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (September-November, 2005). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Fourth Annual Arbitration Symposium," International Chamber of Commerce - Canadian National Committee, Toronto, Ontario (October 28, 2005). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Fair and Equitable Treatment: Emergency Exception/State of Necessity," British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), Investment Treaty Forum, London, U.K. (September 2005). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investment Arbitration: Evolution or Revolution?" Investment Law Symposium, Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague (June 29, 2005). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Judicial Review of International Arbitral Awards," American University Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C. (November 2004). Speaker: Ian A. Laird.


Publications

  • "TPP and ISDS: The Challenge from Europe and the Proposed TTIP Investment Court 40(1) Canada-United States Law Journal 106 (2016). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International Investment Law and Arbitration: 2014 in Review Chapter in Andrea Bjorklund, ed., Columbia Yearbook On International Investment Law & Policy 2014-2015, Oxford University Press (2016). Co-Authors: Ian A. Laird, George D. Ruttinger, and James J. Saulino.
  • "Investment Claims," Oxford University Press (online publication). Editor-in-Chief: Ian A. Laird.
  • "CETA: A Revolutionary Change in Investor-State Dispute Resolution Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR) (April 29, 2016). Co-Authors: Ian A. Laird and David Wingfield.
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration And International Law, Volume 9, Juris Publishing (2016). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • Interim and Emergency Relief in International Arbitration, Diora Ziyaeva, ed., International Law Institute Series on International Law, Arbitration & Practice, No. 1, Juris Publishing (2015). Co-General Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Creating Conduits: Summary Report of the First Annual Oxford Investment Claims Summer Academy, St. Anne's College (Oxford)," European Journal of International Law Blog (August 12, 2015). Authors, Ian A. Laird, Diane Desierto, and Frédéric G. Sourgens.
  • "International Investment Law and Arbitration: 2013 in Review Chapter in Karl P. Sauvant, ed., Columbia Yearbook On International Investment Law & Policy 2013-2014, Oxford University Press (2015). Co-Authors: Ian A. Laird and Joanna Coyne.
  • "International Arbitration Is Changing Shape," Law360 (February 11, 2015). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Litigation Forecast 2015: What Corporate Counsel Need to Know for the Coming Year," a Crowell & Moring LLP publication (January 2015). Contributor.
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration And International Law, Volume 8, Juris Publishing (2015). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "JV agreements and the dispute resolution clause: 5 useful points to consider," Inside Counsel (November 19, 2014). Co-Authors: Ian A. Laird and Randa Adra.
  • Revolution in the International Rule of Law: Essays in Honor of Don Wallace, Jr., Juris Publishing (2014). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Transparency in Investor-State Arbitration," OUPblog (March 3, 2014). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration And International Law, Volume 7, Juris Publishing (2014). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The EU Regulation on Bilateral Investment Treaties: A Victory for Certainty," Practical International Corporate Finance Strategies, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 15, 2013). Co-Authors: Jonathan S. Kallmer, Laurent Ruessmann, and Ian A. Laird.
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration And International Law, Volume 6, Juris Publishing (2013). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International Investment Law and Arbitration: 2012 in Review Chapter in Karl P. Sauvant, ed., Columbia Yearbook On International Investment Law & Policy 2012-2013, Oxford University Press (2013). Co-Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration And International Law, Volume 5, Juris Publishing (2012). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "How to Take Advantage of International Investment Agreements to Open Markets and Protect Investments Law360 (September 24, 2012). Co-Authors: Jonathan S. Kallmer, Ian A. Laird, and George D. Ruttinger.
  • "International investment law and arbitration: 2011 in review chapter in Karl P. Sauvant, ed., Columbia Yearbook On International Investment Law & Policy 2011-2012, Oxford University Press (2012). Co-Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Benefiting from the Investment Rules in a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement North American Free Trade & Investment Report, Vol. 22, No. 14 (July 31, 2012). Co-Authors: Jonathan S. Kallmer, Laurent Ruessmann, Ian A. Laird, and Christopher Wilson.
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration And International Law, Volume 4, Juris Publishing (2011). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International Investment Law Regime and the Rule of Law as a Precondition for International Development chapter in Todd Weiler and Freya Baetens eds., New Directions in International Economic Law, Martinus Nijhoff (2011). Co-Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International investment law and arbitration: 2010 in review chapter in Karl P. Sauvant, ed., Columbia Yearbook On International Investment Law & Policy 2010-2011, Oxford University Press (2011). Co-Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration And International Law, Volume 3, Juris Publishing (2010). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International investment law and arbitration: 2008/2009 in review chapter in Karl P. Sauvant, ed., Columbia Yearbook On International Investment Law & Policy 2009/2010, Oxford University Press (2010). Co-Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • Investment Treaty Arbitration And International Law, Volume 2, Juris Publishing (2009). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Interpretation in International Arbitration - Through the Looking Glass chapter in Jacques Werner and Arif Hyder Ali, eds., A Liber Amicorum: Thomas Wälde - Law Beyond Conventional Thought (2009). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Investment Treaty Law: Current Issues III British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) (2009). Co-Editor: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Trends In International Investment Disputes: 2007 In Review", chapter in Karl P. Sauvant, ed., Columbia Yearbook On International Investment Law & Policy 2008/2009, Oxford University Press (2008). Co-Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Standards of Treatment in International Investment Law: The Move Towards Unification", co-authored with Todd Grierson-Weiler; and "Compliance and Enforcement in International Investment Arbitration", co-authored with Alan S. Alexandroff, chapters in Muchlinski, Ortino and Schreuer eds., The Oxford Handbook of International Investment Law, Oxford University Press (2008). Co-Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Fair and Equitable Treatment: Emergency Exception/State of Necessity Chapter in Investment Treaty Law: Current Issues II, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL) (2007). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "International Legal Developments in Review: 2006 – International Arbitration 41 The International Lawyer 251 (Summer 2007). Co-Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Finality versus Consistency: Does Investor-State Arbitration Need An Appellate System? 7(2) Journal of Appellate Practice and Process 101 (2006). Co-Authors: Ian A. Laird and Rebecca Askew.
  • "Canada-China Investment - Catching the Dragon by its Tail 10(2) The Globetrotter 5 (2005). Co-Authors: Ian A. Laird and Rajeev Sharma.
  • "Argentina's Flood of Investor-State Claims 34(1) ABA International Law (2005). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Canada's Weakening of the International Rule of Law in the NAFTA Zone Chapter in A. Alexandroff, ed., NAFTA Chapter 11: Balancing Private Interest and Public Purpose, C.D. Howe Institute/Munk Centre for International Studies (2005). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "MTD Equity Sdn. Bhd. and MTD Chile S.A. v. Republic of Chile – Recent Developments in the Fair and Equitable Treatment Standard 1(4) Transnational Dispute Management (2005). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "A Community of Destiny - The Barcelona Traction Case and the Development of Shareholder Rights to Bring Investment Claims" and "A Distinction without A Distinction? An Examination of the Concepts of Admissibility and Jurisdiction in Salini v. Jordan and Methanex v. USA", chapters in T.Weiler, ed., Foreign Investment Law and Arbitration: Leading Cases from the 1CSID, NAFTA, Bilateral Treaties and Customary International Law, Cameron (May 2005). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Betrayal, Shock and Outrage - Recent Developments in NAFTA Article 1105 chapter in T.Weiler, ed., NAFTA Investment Law and Arbitration: The Early Years, Transnational Publishers (2004); and 3 Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law 185 (2003). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Judicial Review of Arbitral Awards Globetrotter - Ontario Bar Association International Law Section Newsletter (2003). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Multilateralism In International Trade Relations: Who is More Committed - Canada or the United States? 5(2) Cdn. Int. Lawyer 106 (2002). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The ICSID Convention: A Commentary Book Review, Schreuer, Bus. Law Int. 264 (2002). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of NAFTA Chapter 11 Arbitrations chapter on procedure in international mixed arbitrations for Prof. L. Trakman et al. eds., Doing Business in Mexico, Part VI, Chapter 9, Transnational Publishers (2002). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "NAFTA Chapter 11 and Chicken Little 2(1) Chicago Journal of International Law 223 (2002). Author: Ian A. Laird.
  • "Defining International Law: the FTAA, Spray tech, and NAFTA Chapter 11 Globetrotter - OBA International Law Section Newsletter (2001). Author: Ian A. Laird.


Client Alerts & Newsletters

  • "This Month in International Trade — September 2016," International Trade Bulletin (October 11, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Adrian Jones, Ian A. Laird, Charles De Jager, John Laird, Gordon McAllister, Aaron Marx, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Mariana Pendás, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, Robert L. LaFrankie, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Gail D. Zirkelbach, Jason M. Crawford, Paul Davies, Danie Beukman, Christopher Monahan
  • "Legal Considerations for the U.K.’s Investment and Trade Treaties After Brexit," Brexit Update (September 28, 2016). Contacts: Adrian Jones, Ian A. Laird, Charles De Jager, John Laird
  • "This Month in International Trade - July 2016," International Trade Bulletin (August 4, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Charles De Jager, David (Dj) Wolff, Paul Davies, Gordon McAllister, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Adrian Jones, George D. Ruttinger, Edward Norman, Diego Noesen, Flip Petillion, Jeffrey L. Poston, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jeane A. Thomas, Evan D. Wolff, Robin B. Campbell, Frederik Van Remoortel, Cari N. Stinebower, Carlton Greene, Mariana Pendás, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Jenny E. Cieplak, Matthew B. Welling, Daniel Cannistra, Alexander H. Schaefer, Ian A. Laird, Eduardo Mathison, James (J.J.) Saulino, Warren Lehrenbaum, Preetha Chakrabarti
  • "This Month in International Trade - June 2016," International Trade Bulletin (July 11, 2016). Contacts: John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Charles De Jager, David (Dj) Wolff, Gordon McAllister, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Jini Koh, Aaron Marx, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Jeffrey L. Poston, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jeane A. Thomas, Evan D. Wolff, Robin B. Campbell, Frederik Van Remoortel, Alan W. H. Gourley, Cari N. Stinebower, Carlton Greene, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, Mariana Pendás, Ian A. Laird, Eduardo Mathison, James (J.J.) Saulino
  • "This Month in International Trade - May 2016 ," International Trade Bulletin (June 9, 2016). Contacts: Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Jini Koh, Anne Elise Herold Li, Ian A. Laird, Paul Davies, Charles De Jager, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Cari N. Stinebower, Mariana Pendás, David (Dj) Wolff, Carlton Greene, Alan W. H. Gourley, Christopher Monahan, Maria Alejandra (Jana) del-Cerro, James (J.J.) Saulino, Kelly T. Currie, James G. Flood, Dalal Hasan, Jeffrey L. Poston, Emmanuel Plasschaert, Jeane A. Thomas, Evan D. Wolff, Robin B. Campbell, Frederik Van Remoortel
  • "This Month in International Trade - April 2016," International Trade Bulletin (May 5, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Jini Koh, Daniel Cannistra, Anne Elise Herold Li, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Charles De Jager, Cari N. Stinebower, David (Dj) Wolff, Carlton Greene, Christopher Monahan, Stephen M. Byers, Kelly T. Currie, Janet Levine, Thomas A. Hanusik, Alan W. H. Gourley, Glen G. McGorty, Ian A. Laird, Paul Davies
  • "This Month in International Trade - March 2016," International Trade Bulletin (April 7, 2016). Contacts: Anne Elise Herold Li, Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Charles De Jager, David (Dj) Wolff, Christopher Monahan, James (J.J.) Saulino, Adeoye O. Johnson, Paul Davies, Ian A. Laird, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Nicholas DeLong, Aaron Marx, Alexander H. Schaefer, Wing Cheung
  • "This Month in International Trade - February 2016," International Trade Bulletin (March 8, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Daniel Cannistra, Benjamin Blase Caryl, David (Dj) Wolff, Thomas A. Hanusik, Carlton Greene, Cari N. Stinebower, James (J.J.) Saulino, Adeoye O. Johnson, Christopher Monahan, Charles De Jager, Paul Davies, Ian A. Laird, Alexander H. Schaefer
  • "This Month in International Trade - January 2016," International Trade Bulletin (February 4, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Daniel Cannistra, Alan W. H. Gourley, Carlton Greene, Ian A. Laird, Jeffrey L. Snyder, Cari N. Stinebower, Adelicia R. Cliffe, Charles De Jager, Jini Koh, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Cameron Prell, James (J.J.) Saulino, Paul Davies, Wing Cheung, Nicholas DeLong, Adeoye O. Johnson
  • "This Month in International Trade - December 2015," International Trade Bulletin (January 7, 2016). Contacts: Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Daniel Cannistra, Paul Davies, Thomas A. Hanusik, Alexander H. Schaefer, Melissa Morris, Ian A. Laird, Adrian Jones, Carlton Greene, Charles De Jager, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, James (J.J.) Saulino, Benjamin Blase Caryl, Adeoye O. Johnson
  • "This Month in International Trade - November 2015," International Trade Bulletin (December 3, 2015). Contacts: Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Alan W. H. Gourley, Dr. Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, Ian A. Laird, Robin B. Campbell, Alexander H. Schaefer, Melissa Morris, Charles De Jager, Paul Davies, Frederik Van Remoortel, Christopher Monahan, David (Dj) Wolff, Benjamin Blase Caryl, James (J.J.) Saulino, Sarah Moens, Mariana Pendás
  • "This Month in International Trade - September 2015," International Trade Bulletin (October 8, 2015). Contacts: Eduardo Mathison, John B. Brew, Frances P. Hadfield, Edward Goetz, Cari N. Stinebower, Daniel Cannistra, Thomas A. Hanusik, Dr. Salomé Cisnal de Ugarte, Melissa Morris, Ian A. Laird, Glen G. McGorty, Charles De Jager, Tracy T. Huang, Paul Davies, David (Dj) Wolff, Jini Koh, James (J.J.) Saulino, Benjamin Blase Caryl
  • "ICSID Tribunal Makes Ruling on BIT Transfer Obligation: $372 Million Award for Owens Illinois Against Venezuela," International Dispute Resolution Alert (March 17, 2015). Contacts: Ian A. Laird, Mariana Pendás, Eduardo Mathison
  • "Venezuelan Government Announces Addition to Foreign Exchange System," International Dispute Resolution Alert (February 19, 2015). Contacts: Ian A. Laird, Eduardo Mathison
  • "This Month in International Trade - January 2013," International Trade Bulletin (January 31, 2013). Contacts: John B. Brew, Christopher A. Cole, Ian A. Laird, Cari N. Stinebower, James (J.J.) Saulino, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "The EU Regulation on Bilateral Investment Treaties: A Victory for Certainty," International Trade Bulletin (December 20, 2012). Contact: Ian A. Laird
  • "How Companies Can Use International Investment Agreements to Open Markets and Protect Their Investments," International Dispute Resolution Alert (September 18, 2012). Contacts: George D. Ruttinger, Ian A. Laird
  • "This Month In International Trade - July 2012," International Trade Bulletin (August 10, 2012). Contacts: John B. Brew, Kathryn L. Clune, Cari N. Stinebower, Ian A. Laird, Jini Koh, Elena Klonitskaya, James (J.J.) Saulino, David (Dj) Wolff
  • "Benefiting from the Investment Rules in a Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement," International Trade Bulletin (July 10, 2012). Contact: Ian A. Laird
  • "US and Canada Thaw Relations By Reducing Buy American Friction," Government Contracts Bullet Points (February 5, 2010). Contacts: Adelicia R. Cliffe, Alan W. H. Gourley, Ian A. Laird, Angela B. Styles


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