Howard Mann International Law
Howard Mann  International Law

Legal Practice

Based in Ottawa, Canada, Howard Mann is a leading international lawyer specializing in international investment and sustainable development. His work covers investment treaties and contracts, domestiic and international law on investment, environmental issues, resource development, the enhancement of social and economic development, and respect for human rights. He has been in private practice since 1993.

His practice is anchored by his role as Senior International Law Advisor to the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD). Through his work at IISD, Dr. Mann has pioneered new thinking on international investment law and policy and advised more than 70 governments on these matters.

Among other accomplishments, Howard Mann has worked as a lawyer for Canada on negotiations for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change as well as the North American Free Trade Agreement and its environmental side agreement; led citizen participation in multiple investor-state arbitrations; and altered the structure and content of international investment law and policy.

Among other career highlights, Dr. Mann has inspired students, appeared before Parliamentary committees, served on advisory panels for the Government of Cnada and International COmmission of Jurists, and published groundbreaking analyses of international law.

Legal Practice Experience

1999-present Senior International Law Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development, Canada (founding manager of Investment and Sustainable Development program , 2003 to 2009).
1993-present Private practice specializing in international law consulting to governments, international organizations and the private sector.
1988-1993 Counsel, Department of Justice, Government of Canada, Ottawa (Counsel, International and Constitutional Law Section; Counsel, Legal Services, Environment Canada; led international environmental negotiations for Environment Canada).
1983-1988 Assistant to Prof. Roslyn Higgins, Professor of International Law, London School of Economics, London, U.K.

Related Appointments and Experience

2012-2015 University of Dundee, Honorary Associate, Graduate School of Natural Resources Law, Policy and Management, Centre for Energy Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy, appointment of the University Senate.
2009-present 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.
2006-2008 International Commission of Jurists, member of the ICJ Expert Panel on Corporate Complicity in International Crimes.
2003-2004 Member, Government of Canada Ad-Hoc Expert Advisory Group on international investment law, leading to the preparation of the 2004 Model Canadian Bilateral Investment Treaty.
2000-2002 Adjunct Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.
1997-1999 Member, Government of Canada Special Advisory Committee on international trade law and the environment.


1988 London School of Economics, London, U.K., Ph.D., joint degree in international relations and international law.
1984 London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom, Master of International Law.
1983 Call to the Bar, Province of Quebec.
1982 McGill University, Faculty of Law, Montreal, Canada, Bachelor of Civil Law.
1978 Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, Bachelor of Arts, Cum laude.
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