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Senior International Law Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada
Senior Advisor to the Secretariat, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable
Private practice specializing in international law
RELATED APPOINTMENTS AND EXPERIENCE
The E15 Initiative:
University of Dundee
International Bar Association, Mining Law Committee
Member of the Administrative Committee for the development of the Model Mining Development Agreement for use in developing countries
Senior advisor to Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable
Development in transition process for IISD to become the IGF Secretariat, and on strategy and policy direction; major project manager.
Development of direct legal advisory service to 3 of the BRICS countries on international investment treaties and domestic investment law.
Provides legal and policy advice to developing country governments on investment treaty negotiations, now numbering over 80 governments, 2005–present.
Lead consulting lawyer, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), preparation of SADC Model Bilateral Investment Treaty Template and Commentary, 2010-2012.
Lead, SADC/IISD Training Programme, Negotiating International Investment Treaties, Pretoria, 30 July-3 August 2012.
Provides legal advice to several developing country governments on domestic laws relating to foreign investment, in particular in Africa, 2010-present.
Member of advisory team to Government of Ecuador, Ministerio de Recursos Naturales no Renovables, Proyecto de Diseño de Contrato Minero (Model National Mine Development Contract project), June-October 2010.
Member of the Drafting Committee and the Administrative Committee for the development of the International Bar Association’s Model Mining Development Agreement for use in developing countries, 2009-2011.
Prepared a briefing paper for Prof. John Ruggie, United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Business and Human Rights, entitled International Investment Agreements, Business and Human Rights: Key Issues and Opportunities; ongoing participation in related expert advisory meetings on the resulting “Responsible Contracting” project, 2007–2011.
London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom, Ph.D., joint degree in international law and international relations
London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom, LL.M, international law
Barreau du Quebec, Bar Admission Course
McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada , Bachelor of Civil Law
Concordia University, Montreal Canada, Bachelor of Arts, Cum laude
“Foreign Investment in Agriculture: Some Critical Contract Issues”, Uniform Law Review/Revue de Droit Uniforme, Volume XVII, 2012-1/2.
“Stabilization in Investment Contracts: Rethinking the Context, Reformulating the Result”, Investment Treaty News, Volume 2, October 2011. (http://www.iisd.org/publications/pub.aspx?id=1494)
“Civil Society Perspectives: What Do Key Stakeholders Expect From The International Investment Regime?”, in Jose Alvarez and Karl Sauvant, eds., The Evolving International Investment Regime, Expectations, Realities, Options, Oxford University Press, 2011.
“Foreign Investment Contracts and Sustainable Development: The New Foundations Begin to Emerge”, Investment Treaty News, Volume 1, July 2011. (http://www.iisd.org/publications/pub.aspx?id=1470)
“The Realities of Sustainability”, featured interview, International Financial Law Review, 4 October, 2010, prepared for International Bar Association. (http://www.iisd.org/publications/pub.aspx?id=1352)
SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS
"Closing panel, debate on Legitimacy Deficit in Arbitrations Involving States", Association Suisse de l’Arbitrage, Annual Conference, Zurich, January 2016
“Salient Legal Issues in the Substantive Standards of Protection in CETA”, McGill University Faculty of Law, Conference on the Canada – EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, November 1, 2014
“Community Engagement – Frameworks and Approaches”, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, , 20 October 2014
“The MMDA and International Best Practices for the Mining Industry”, Mining in Africa: Opportunities and Legal Challenges, International Bar Association, Dar es Salaam, 8 September 2014
“Bilateral Investment Treaties, Mining and National Champions: Making it Work”, Ad Hoc Experts Group Meeting: Bilateral Investment Treaties and National Champions, 18 February, 2014
Workshop on International Investment Treaties & China 2013, Shanghai Consultative Centre on the World Trade Organization,, 11 November, 2013
“Preparing for Mining Contract Negotiations”, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, 28 October 2013
“Do We Need Investment Treaties?”, International Law Student’s Association, International Law Weekend, October 2013, Fordham University, New York.
“Where Public Meets Private: International Law and the Dynamic Interpretation of Treaties in the Context of the Draft UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency”, VALE Columbia Centre on Sustainable International Investment, February 2013, New York.
“Is There a Need to Rebalance the Investor-State Relationship?, Seventh Columbia International Investment Conference, VALE Columbia Centre on Sustainable International Investment, November 2012, New York.
“Whether to Protect Investment from Tax Increases? Stabilization and Fiscal Arrangements in a Sustainable Development Context”, Dundee University Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, Annual Mining Seminar (“Minerals Taxation and Sustainable Development”), June 2012, London.
“Integrating Corporate Standards Into International Investment Treaties”, Kings College, University of London, Conference on Embedding Human Rights into Investment Treaties, May 2011, London.
“The International Bar Association’s Model Mining Development Agreement (MMDA)”, Dundee University Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, Annual Mining Seminar (“Minerals and Mining: What Role in a Sustainable Future?”), May 2011, Dundee, Scotland.
“The New Gold Rush: Foreign Investment in Developing Country Natural Resources”, American Bar Association Section on International Law, April 2011, Washington D.C.
A full list of publications and conference papers is available on request.