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Stephen L. Drymer

Stephen L.
Drymer

HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION
Member of the Quebec Bar since 1991

Languages: English, French, Spanish

Stephen L. Drymer is a partner and head of the firm’s International Arbitration practice. A litigator and advocate by background and experience, he now practices almost exclusively in the area of domestic and international arbitration and dispute resolution.

Stephen acts as counsel, and serves as arbitrator and mediator, in domestic and international commercial and investment treaty disputes, and he advises parties on a broad range of issues associated with the design, negotiation, drafting and implementation of dispute resolution agreements and strategies.

Educated and trained in both the common law and the civil law, Stephen has pleaded cases and served as mediator, party-appointed arbitrator and tribunal president in matters involving the laws of many jurisdictions, both in ad hoc proceedings and under the rules of most major international arbitral institutions. He has acted in commercial and investment cases in the manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, petrochemical, oil & gas, mining, energy, environmental, financial services, outsourcing, hospitality, transportation, aviation, IT, telecommunication, aerospace and crop science industries, among others. He is currently serving as arbitrator or as tribunal president in several ICSID cases as well as in other (non-public) investor-State disputes.

Stephen also advises and represents clients, both government and non-governmental, in matters of public international law and dispute resolution, including in matters involving maritime delimitation and transboundary resource management. He was a negotiator for Canada in the renewal of the Canada-U.S. Pacific Salmon Treaty and counsel to Canada in the mediation of disputes arising under that Treaty. He was counsel for the Government of Nova Scotia before an international tribunal constituted to determine the offshore boundary between the province of Nova Scotia and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was an adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations and mediator in a territorial and resource dispute between Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. And he was a neutral evaluator in an international dispute involving private and public parties in the Middle East.

Stephen is as well very active in the resolution of sport-related disputes in Canada and internationally, in cases before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. In addition to extensive work as counsel, he has served as arbitrator and mediator in numerous cases involving a wide range of issues and sports.

In addition to numerous professional associations in which he is active, Stephen is a member of the CAS list of arbitrators, the International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC). He is also Chair of the Arbitration Committee of ICC Canada, the Canadian National Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.

Stephen is recognised as one of the world’s leading international lawyers and dispute resolution professionals by a number of Canadian and international publications.

     

   

 

// DISTINCTIONS

Stephen has been named as one of the world’s leading international lawyers and arbitrators by the following publications :

Global Arbitration Review

The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration

The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers

Chambers Global

EuroMoney Expert Guides - Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Attorneys

Practical Law Guide (PLC) - Which Lawyer?

LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading Lawyers in Canada

Who’s Who Legal - Canada

The Best Lawyers in Canada

The 50 Best Lawyers in Canada

// PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS

Member of the following institutional panels of arbitrators and mediators :

Panel of Canadian Arbitrators and Mediators of ICC Canada (the Canadian National Committee of the ICC)

American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators

China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) International Panel of Arbitrators

Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators

 

Teaching and Professional Activities

McGill University Faculty of Law, Guest Lecturer: International Dispute Resolution

McGill University Faculty of Law, Guest Lecturer: Sport Law and Arbitration

Officer of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA)

Editor of IBA Arbitration News

Director, Canada branch of the International Law Association (ILA)

Honorary Adviser to the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA Canada), former President of the Montreal branch

Officer of the Membership Committee and the Programme Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS)

Member of the Task Force on the New York Convention and the Task Force on the Revision of the ICC ADR Rules of the Commission on Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

Canada Delegate to United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II, Revision of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (2008-2010)

Governor of the Québec Bar Foundation

 

Professional Associations

Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
ICC Canada
Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society 

// EDUCATION

1990        McGill University, Faculty of Law
B.C.L. (Civil Law), LL.B. (Common Law)

1983        Canadian Securities Institute
The Canadian Securities Course 

1983        Yale University
B.A. (Political Science)