Professor Tony VanDuzer Named Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Dean Adam Dodek has announced the appointment of Professor Tony VanDuzer as the new Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law, a post he will occupy for the next two years.  Professor VanDuzer takes over the Soloway Chair from Professor Debra Steger who completes her two-year tenure on June 30, 2018.

The Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law promotes international law at the University of Ottawa by supporting students and faculty. Working in collaboration with the Faculty of Law’s International Law Group, the Chair seeks to provide opportunities for students, professors, alumni and the international law community to engage, learn and be inspired by leading experts in the field. through clerkships (at venues such as the International Court of Justice), membership and sponsorship of international law organizations (such as the Canadian Council on International Law), speakers, conferences, workshops, communications and other activities.  

Professor VanDuzer is one of the pillars of the Common Law Section’s international law community and the co-chair of the Faculty’s International Law Group. His main area of interest is international trade and investment. He has been a member of the Academic Advisory Council to the Deputy Minister for International Trade and participated in technical assistance projects relating to business and trade law in developing economies, including Armenia, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam. Professor VanDuzer's publications include The Law of Partnerships and Corporations (now in its fourth edition) and Integrating Sustainable Development into International Investment Agreements: A Guide for Developing Country Negotiators, written with colleagues Penelope Simons and Graham Mayeda, as well as more than 80 articles on business, trade and investment law issues. He is a co-chair of the Faculty’s International Law Group and an Adjunct Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.   

Regarding the appointment, Professor VanDuzer said “it is a great and daunting honour for me to follow Professors Steger and McRae as the chair holder.” He went on “I will do my best to continue the great work of my predecessors to maintain and enhance the Faculty’s reputation as a preeminent school in international law.”

“During the course of his career at uOttawa, Professor VanDuzer has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to enhancing opportunities for our students and for working collaboratively with his colleagues both within the Faculty and around the world,” said Dean Dodek. “I am confident that he will bring the same level of engagement to the important work of the Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law.”

Dean Dodek also thanked Professor Steger for her service as the Soloway Chair, noting that “Professor Steger brought a commitment and a passion to the work of the Soloway Chair that serves as a model not only for all future chair holders but for all our Faculty members.  We are deeply appreciative to her for her commitment to international law, especially international trade law and to providing and promoting opportunities for our students and for our faculty colleagues.”  Prior to Professor Steger’s tenure as the Soloway Chair, the Chair was held by Professor Don McRae; Ivan Feltham, a former Director of the Bureau of Competition Policy, and lawyer with Davies, Ward and Beck, Toronto; and Cal Goldman, a former professor of law at Osgoode Hall Law School and General Counsel to General Electric Canada.

Congratulations to Professor VanDuzer!

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