Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law

About

The Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law promotes teaching and research in business and international economic law at the University of Ottawa. 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), conferences, workshops, speakers, communications and other activities. Each year, the law school presents the Hyman Soloway Lecture by a leading academic in business or international economic law.

Donor

The Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law is an endowed chair at the Faculty of Law in the name of the principal donor, the late Mr. Hyman Soloway, Q.C., formerly the long time senior partner in the law firm of Soloway Wright. Mr. Soloway began his long and distinguished legal career in 1945 after his discharge from the army.  He was a recognized expert in corporate and commercial law and was on the board of a number of major Canadian corporations. He was counsel to the National Energy Board from 1970-1978. Mr. Soloway completed his education at Queen’s University and Osgoode Hall.

Mr. Soloway was also a leader in community and public affairs. He was a member of the Canadian Jewish Congress, President of the Ottawa Jewish Community Council and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Ottawa Civic Hospital. He served as the Chair of the Board of Governors of Carleton University and was a member of the Board of Governors at the University of Ottawa. Both institutions recognized his many accomplishments and contributions by awarding him honorary doctorates.

Chairholder

J. Anthony VanDuzer

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 law. 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 also an Adjunct Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University. Professor VanDuzer is very involved in mooting at the law school and coaches the Foreign Direct Investment Moot team with Professor Anthony Daimsis and the Canadian Corporate/Securities Moot team with Professor P.M. Vasudev.

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    Former Chairholders

    Research

    Recent and upcoming publications

    • Promoting and Managing International Investment: Toward an Integrated Policy Approach, J. Anthony VanDuzer and Patrick Leblond, eds (Routledge: 2020)(282 pages):

      - “Introduction and Rationale for an Inter-disciplinary Approach to Investment Policy” (co-authors Patrick Leblond and Stephen Gelb) (at 1-28)
      - "Investor-state Dispute Settlement” (co-author Patrick Dumberry) (at 223-246)
      - “Moving Beyond Disciplinary Silos: Toward an Integrated Approach to International Investment Policy” (co-authors Patrick Leblond and Stephen Gelb) (at 271-282)
    • Penelope Simons and J. Anthony VanDuzer, “Using International Investment Agreements to Address Corporate Impunity for Human Rights Violations in Extractive Industries" – co-authored with Penelope Simons, in The Corporation in International, Transnational and Domestic Law and Governance – Canadian Perspectives on Globalized Rule of Law (CIGI 2020) 31-59 (my contribution 50%).
    • J. Anthony VanDuzer, “State-to-State Dispute Settlement under the USMCA: A missed opportunity?” in Festchrift in Honour of Professor Stephen T. Zamora (Houston: Arte Publico, submitted and forthcoming 2020).
    • J. Anthony VanDuzer, “Can international investment agreements be instruments of sustainable development? Capacity challenges for developing countries” in Building Legal Capacity for a More Inclusive Globalization: Barriers to and Best Practices for Integrating Developing Countries into the Maze of Global Economic Regulation, Joost Pauwelyn and Mengyi Wang, eds, (Graduate Institute 2019.)

    Other activities in 2019-20

    • Presenter, Canada-Ukraine Trade and Investment Support Project Training Session on International Investment Law, Webinar on June 11 and 12, 2020 organized by the Conference Board of Canada.
    • Invited participant and commentator, 9th Conference of the Postgraduate and Early Professionals/Academics Network of the Society of International Economic Law (PEPA/SIEL) 2020 at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on May 17-19, 2020 (held virtually).
    • Presenter, “Indigenous Rights and Trade Obligations: Understanding the new exception for measures to fulfill legal obligations to Indigenous peoples in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” presented at American Society of International Law, Biennial Meeting of International Economic Law Interest Group held on February 15, 2020 (Miami, USA).
    • Presenter, “The exception for State actions to fulfill obligations to Indigenous peoples in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement” at Canadian Council on International Law Annual Conference held on October 25, 2019) (Ottawa)
    • Co-author “Using International Investment Agreements to Address Corporate Impunity for Human Rights Violations in Extractive Industries “– presented by Penelope Simons at the Schulich School of Law, at Purdy Crawford Workshop on Sustainable Development Goals and the implications of those goals for businesses and business regulation, Dalhousie University held on September 28, 2019 (Halifax)).
    • Invited Chair, International Economic Law Panel, International Law at a Crossroads, Queen’s University, Bader International Study Centre on May 29, 2019 (Herstmonceaux, United Kingdom).
    • Invited Panel Member, NAFTA 2.0: The Puzzle of North America as a Region at Texas A & M University School of Law held on February 28, 2019 (Fort Worth, USA).

    Highlights

    Highlights for 2019-20

    • Organized and funded Eight 8 Hyman Soloway Student Summer Fellowships at Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment, Gowlings WLG, Trade Law Bureau at Global Affairs, Conlin Bedard, and International Institute on Sustainable Development.
    • Organized and chaired retirement reception for former Hyman Soloway Chair Debra Steger
    • Organized and sponsored Hyman Soloway Lecture given by Howard Mann, Senior Advisor, International Law, International Institute on Sustainable Development
    • Organized and sponsored Hyman Soloway Visiting Professor, Howard Mann, Senior Advisor, International Law, International Institute on Sustainable Development
    • International Law Speaker Series
    • Conference organizing committee for “Foreign Direct Investment in Canada - Can we afford to say no? Understanding and Debating the Boundaries of FDI and National Security in a post-crisis climate” (which was to be held September 2020, but has been postponed to April 2021)
    • Built institutional linkage with the Columbia Center for Sustainable Investment (CCSI) at Columbia University in New York to support research collaboration and access for uOttawa students to CCSI opportunities
    • Coach, Foreign Direct Investment Moot team
    • Sponsor, supervisor and mentor - TradeLab uOttawa/Queen’s Joint International Economic Law Clinic
    • Sponsor of Canadian Council on International Law Annual Conference
    • Sponsor of Faculty of Law as an academic partner of the American Society of International Law
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