Hyman Soloway Chair in Business and Trade Law


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.


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.


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


    Recent and upcoming publications

    • J. Anthony VanDuzer, The Law of Partnerships and Corporations, 4th ed (Toronto: Irwin, 2018) (728 pages).
    • J. Anthony VanDuzer & Patrick Leblond, eds, International Investment Policy: Law, Economics, Political Science and Management (Routledge, forthcoming 2019).
    • J. Anthony VanDuzer, State-to-state Dispute Settlement under the USMCA: A missed opportunity? In Festschrift for Stephen Zamora, submitted and forthcoming 2019.
    • J. Anthony VanDuzer, “Capacity Constraints in International Investment Treaty Negotiation and Sustainable Development”, TRADELAB e-book, submitted and forthcoming 2019.

    Other Activities in 2018

    • Invited commentator, Developing a Progressive Agenda for Reform of International Investment Law: Canadian perspectives: Expert Meeting, International Institute for Sustainable Development (Ottawa).
    • Invited participant, Review of Canadian Foreign Investment Protection Agreement Model, Global Affairs (Ottawa).
    • Invited Commentator, Purdy Crawford Emerging Business Law Scholars Workshop at Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University (Halifax).
    • Invited panel member, “Post-Brexit Investment Rules in a Canada-UK Free Trade Agreement,” Managing International Economic (Dis)Integration: Challenges and Opportunities, American Society of International Law, International Economic Law Interest Group Meeting (Montreal).

    Annual Reports


    In 2018-2019, the Hyman Soloway Chair supported the following:

    1. Hyman Soloway Chair Annual Lecture, Professor Michael Ewing-Chow, WTO Chair and Associate Professor National University of Singapore
    2. Hyman Soloway Visiting Professor, Professor Michael Ewing-Chow, WTO Chair and Associate Professor National University of Singapore
    3. Sponsorship of Canadian Council on International Law, Annual Conference, including participation of uOttawa students in Trade and Gender panel
    4. Sponsorship of Faculty of Law as an academic partner of the American Society of International Law
    5. Participation by Hyman Soloway Chair at the American Society of International Law, International Economic Law Interest Group Meeting
    6. International Law Assistants – hired under Work Study Program to assist International Law Group and TradeLab uOttawa/Queen’s International Economic Law Clinic
    7. International Law Group – International Law Speaker Series events
    8. TradeLab uOttawa/Queen’s Joint International Economic Law Clinic – annual meeting and conference
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