Admitted in 1989 in Western Australia, Kanaga commenced practice as a barrister in January 2006, and was appointed senior counsel in 2010. He is a member of Quayside Chambers in Perth. He is also a member of Fountain Court Chambers, with chambers in London and Singapore.
Kanaga has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with particular emphasis on resources, finance, project and international matters. Kanaga teaches international commercial arbitration at the UWA Law School, having taught that subject since 2004. He is a co-author of A Practical Guide to Investment Treaties – Asia Pacific (LexisNexis, 2015). He has experience of public international law, both within the United Nations in Geneva and in arbitration, including on an ICSID panel.
He appears and acts in international arbitrations in and outside Australia, having advised on disputes (ICC, UNCITRAL, AAA, SIAC, SCC, HKIAC rules) arising in connection with projects in Australia, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong, PRC, South Africa, Ghana and Mali.
Kanaga was educated at the UWA Law School, Oxford University and Harvard Law School.