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J. William Rowley, Q.C. 

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T: +1 (416) 865 7008

F: +1 (416) 591 3815


J. William Rowley QC is a Resident Arbitrator in Toronto, and a member arbitrator of 20 Essex Street in London. He is immediate past Chairman of the Board of the LCIA, a former Member of the LCIA Court and also serves on the Board of LCIA India. Before joining 20 Essex Street, he was Chairman, and subsequently Chairman Emeritus, of the Canadian national firm, McMillan LLP. He is Editorial Board chair of Global Arbitration Review.

Ranked by Chambers and Partners as one of the “Most in Demand Arbitrators: Global Wide”, he is one of a few Canadians with a truly international arbitral practice and reputation. He has chaired or participated as a tribunal member or counsel in several hundred international arbitrations, involving a variety of national laws and investment treaty systems. Recent arbitrations have included petroleum industry joint ventures (Iraq oil fields, over US $20 billion; offshore Nigerian oil fields over US $4 billion), gas pricing and repricing formulae, and multiple commercial and investor-state disputes (ICSID, NAFTA, ECT and UNCITRAL).

Mr Rowley is past Chairman of the International Bar Association, Section on Business Law, National Representative for Canada and co-founder and Chairman of the IBA Global Forum on Competition and Trade Policy. He is a past member NAFTA 2022 Committee. He is General Editor, GAR’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations, Founding Editor, Arbitration World, (2004–12), served as a non-executive director of AVIA Canada, (1997-2014) and is co-author, Rowley & Baker: International Mergers — the Antitrust Process.

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