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Janet Walker is an independent arbitrator with chambers at Toronto Arbitration Chambers, Atkin Chambers in London, and Sydney Arbitration Chambers. She has served in commercial and treaty investment arbitrations as sole, presiding, and co-arbitrator in ICC, ICDR, DIAC, HKIAC, PCA, SIAC administered, and in ad hoc arbitrations in a variety of seats. Her matters have covered a range of industries including construction, heavy equipment, M&A, shareholder, distribution, intellectual property, environmental, finance and employment.
Janet is the Chair of ICC Canada, a member of the CIArb Canada Board and of the International Construction Law Association, and a member of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and the Society of Construction Law, North America. She has been recognized regularly in legal directories for her skill as an arbitrator since 2010, including in Who’s Who Legal Canada, Who’s Who Arbitration Thought Leaders, Chambers & Partners and Best Lawyers. She was the 2018 recipient of the CIArb Canada Award for Distinguished Service.
Janet is professor of law and past associate dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. In 2020, Janet received the title of Distinguished Research Professor from York University for her commitment to excellence, and international leadership in the fields of private international law, procedural law, comparative law and international commercial arbitration. Janet authors the main private international law text in Canada, which, during her authorship has become the most cited private law work in Canadian courts, relied on in more than 400 decisions, and she is an executive editor of the Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration and and founding co-chair of CanArbWeek.
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