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HaigOghigian, FCIArb

Oghigian, FCIArb

Foreign Registered Lawyer (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi) Japan since 2002
Member of the Law Society of British Columbia since 1980

Languages: English, French, Japanese

Haig Oghigian, FCIArb, is an international arbitrator, mediator and counsel. Focusing his practice on international dispute resolution, he has acted in over 100 high profile ICC, JCAA and SIAC cases in Asia, Europe and North America. Foreign Registered Lawyer in Japan, Haig has developed a unique expertise in ADR and in counselling foreign clients doing business in Asia during his twenty-year residency in Tokyo. Now Canada-based, he is active in a wide array of commercial disputes occurring in Asia and is in a favourable position to guide companies with their business ventures there. Haig’s long-standing experience is in demand in contentious issues in M&A, joint ventures, licensing and distribution agreements and construction and engineering contracts. He has particularly advised pharmaceutical and life sciences companies on a wide range of issues, with an emphasis on government relations and regulatory matters.

Haig is fluent in English, French and Japanese and has conducted arbitration and mediation in those languages. Widely regarded as a leading figure in international commercial arbitration, commercial mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution, he is consistently ranked highly by his peers and his clients in the most reputable international legal publications including Chambers, Legal 500, GAR and Asia Law 500. He is widely published in various journals and is the author and editor of The Law of Commerce in Japan (Prentice Hall). Before working in private practice in Japan, Haig began his career in Tokyo as the Legal Economic Officer at the Canadian Embassy.

Haig is listed as an arbitrator and mediator with:

  • Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA)
  • International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • International Centre for Dispute Resolution of American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  • Singapore International Arbitration Association (SIAC)
  • British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Association (BCICAC)
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Beijing Arbitration Association (BAA)
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
  • Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre (KLAC).

// Representative mandate


Arbitrator, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva, Switzerland (2020)

Arbitrator, International Chamber of Commerce, New York City, USA (2020)

Counsel, London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), London, U.K. (2019)

Counsel, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), San Francisco, U.S. (2019)

Counsel, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore (2018)

Counsel, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), Almaty/Tokyo (2018)

Counsel, Canada Brazil Chamber of Commerce (CBCC), Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017)

Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Tokyo, Japan (2017)

Co-Arbitrator, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), Tokyo, Japan (2016)

Presiding Arbitrator, ICC, Hong Kong (2015)

Counsel, Ad Hoc Mediation, Tokyo, Japan (2015)

Co-Arbitrator, ICC, Tokyo, Japan (2014)

Co-Arbitrator, JCAA, Tokyo, Japan (2014)

Counsel, Arbitration, ICC, Singapore (2013)

Counsel, Arbitration, ICC, Vienna (2013)

Mediator, JCAA Rules, Honolulu, Hawaii (2013)

// Distinctions

Recognized in Chambers Global 2020, Dispute Resolution: International – Japan, Expertise Based Abroad

Recognized in Chambers Global 2019, Dispute Resolution: International – Japan, Band 3

Recognized in Chambers Asia-Pacific 2019, Dispute Resolution: International – Japan, Band 3

Recommended as an elite “Leading Lawyer” in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 and 2017 for Dispute Resolution – International firms and joint ventures – foreign lawyers (gaiben)

Recommended in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Corporate and M&A - International firms and joint ventures, Japan and Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures, Japan

Recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2018 for Arbitration; Mediation and Arbitration (Japan)

// Education

1998  Keble College, University of Oxford

Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration

1988  Foreign Service Institute

Diploma in Japanese Language Studies

1986 Harvard University

Graduate Studies

1979 McGill University