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British Columbia is now the second Canadian province to modernize its international arbitration legislation by adopting the 2006 amendments to the UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (“Model Law”). On May 17, 2018 British Columbia amended its International Commercial Arbitration Act, RBC 1996, c.233 (“ICAA”) via the International Commercial Arbitration Amendment Act. As we reported last year, Ontario updated its International Commercial Arbitration Act in March 2017 (cf. GAN: Ontario introduces new international arbitration…

Canada has long been an arbitration-friendly jurisdiction and was the first state to adopt the 1985 UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration (“Model Law”). On March 22, 2017, the Canadian province of Ontario updated its international arbitration regime to adopt the 2006 amendments to the Model Law. The Ontario International Commercial Arbitration Act, 2017, SO 2017, c 2 (the “ICAA”) replaces the former Ontario International Commercial Arbitration Act, RSO 1990, c I.9 (the “Former…

Baker McKenzie has released its North American Arbitration Primer. This builds on the success of Baker McKenzie’s Asia Pacific Arbitration Primer that was published and distributed last year. The North American Arbitration Primer, like its Asia Pacific counterpart, is an accessible tool allowing readers to stay abreast of arbitration laws in North America. Drafted through collaboration with our arbitration partners in the region, the North American Arbitration Primer is now accessible through the Firm’s North…

The much awaited text of the TPP has been released. As anticipated, the Investment Chapter (Chapter 9) sets out protections for investors of each TPP State and the mechanism for investors to bring claims in the event a TPP State fails to comply with these protections. A summary of those protections and the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) mechanism is set out below. What is protected? The TPP Investment Chapter protects investments made by investors of…