International arbitration is a dispute resolution method under bilateral investment treaties (BITs), such as Canada’s Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (FIPAs), and multilateral investment treaties like the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and Energy Charter Treaty (ECT). These treaties permit investors in a foreign jurisdiction to bring claims directly against a state for actions like expropriation, discrimination, and unfair treatment.
International arbitration is supported by other international treaties like the Washington Convention creating the World Bank’s International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and the New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards. Other international treaties arising in international arbitration include the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG).
Our International Arbitration Group is experienced with disputes involving these international treaties, and we represent investors and commercial parties, as well as states and state-owned entities.