Craig Chiasson is a Partner in our International Trade and Arbitration Group. Based in Vancouver, Craig has extensive experience in international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration, as well as considerable experience in complex commercial disputes. He has appeared as counsel in ICC, UNCITRAL, ICSID, SCC, SIAC, BCICAC and ad hoc arbitration proceedings, and in the Appeal, Supreme, and Provincial Courts of British Columbia.
Craig began his practice with BLG in 2002, then from January 2006 to October 2011 worked in the International Arbitration Group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in Paris before returning to BLG in November 2011.
Publications & Presentations
•Co-Author, Court Reaffirms Application of Res Judicata and Issue Estoppel to Commercial Arbitrations, International Law Office Newsletter, February 2016.
•Co-Author, Court Refuses to Set Aside International Award Despite Breach of UNCITRAL Model Law, International Law Office, July 2015.
•Co-Author, Country Chapter: Canada, The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2015 (with Robert Deane).
•Co-Author, Canada Ratifies Investment Agreement with China, BLG International Trade and Arbitration Bulletin, September, 2014.
•Author, “Canada's Highest Court Affords Substantial Deference to Arbitral Process”, International Law Office - Arbitration - Canada, September 2014
•Author, A Friendly Place to Seek Enforcement of International Arbitral Awards, International Law Office - Arbitration - Canada, April 2014.
•Co-Author, Privilege Attaches to Dispute Funding Agreements in British Columbia, International Law Office - Arbitration - Canada, October 2013 (with Robert J.C. Deane)
•Author, “Canada” Chapter, Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-How, Global Arbitration Review, November 2012 (with Robert J. C. Deane and J. Cameron Mowatt).
•Speaker, “Canada - Latest Initiatives Impacting International Arbitration”, Fourth Annual ICC Asia Pacific Conference (Seoul, Korea) - May 2014
•Speaker, “ICDR Rule Developments”, Third Annual Joint LACBA and ICDR International Arbitration Conference - (Los Angeles) - May 2014
•Speaker, “What do They Really Want?: Exploring Commercial Arbitration Myths”, Eighth Annual WCCAS Conference - May 2014
•Speaker, “Practical Solutions to Ethical and Professional Issues that Arise in International Commercial Arbitrations,” ICC Canada Conference, November 2012.
•Author, “Best Practices: The Importance of Experienced Arbitration Counsel,” International Law Office, April 2012.
•Author, “Arbitration-Related Litigation: Limits to Courts' Supervisory Jurisdiction of the Arbitral Process in Canada,” March 2012 (with Gerald W. Ghikas, QC); also presented at CLE BC's 2012 Commercial Arbitration Conference (by Murray Clemens QC, Kenneth McEwan QC, and Mr. Justice Edward Chiasson of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia).
Rankings & Recognitions
•Recognized by Global Arbitration Review for inclusion in Who's Who Legal: Arbitration 2016.
•Recognized in the 2014 and 2015 editions of the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (International Commercial Arbitration).
•Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2014 and 2015 edition of the Lexpert /Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
•Recognized in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Local Litigation Star: British Columbia and a Litigation Star: Arbitration .
•Recognized in the 2015 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (International Commercial Arbitration).
•Recognized in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 editions of Expert Guides as a “Rising Star in Commercial Arbitration.”
•Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated.