Head of International arbitration
Member of the Quebec Bar since 1991
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Stephen L. Drymer is a partner and head of the firm’s International Arbitration practice. A litigator and advocate by background and experience, he now practices almost exclusively in the area of domestic and international arbitration and dispute resolution.
Stephen acts as counsel, and serves as arbitrator and mediator, in domestic and international commercial and investment treaty disputes, and he advises parties on a broad range of issues associated with the design, negotiation, drafting and implementation of dispute resolution agreements and strategies.
Educated and trained in both the common law and the civil law, Stephen has pleaded cases and served as mediator, party-appointed arbitrator and tribunal president in matters involving the laws of many jurisdictions, both in ad hoc proceedings and under the rules of most major international arbitral institutions. He has acted in commercial and investment cases in the manufacturing, infrastructure, construction, petrochemical, oil & gas, mining, energy, environmental, financial services, outsourcing, hospitality, transportation, aviation, IT, telecommunication, aerospace and crop science industries, among others. He is currently serving as arbitrator or as tribunal president in several ICSID cases as well as in other (non-public) investor-State disputes.
Stephen also advises and represents clients, both government and non-governmental, in matters of public international law and dispute resolution, including in matters involving maritime delimitation and transboundary resource management. He was a negotiator for Canada in the renewal of the Canada-U.S. Pacific Salmon Treaty and counsel to Canada in the mediation of disputes arising under that Treaty. He was counsel for the Government of Nova Scotia before an international tribunal constituted to determine the offshore boundary between the province of Nova Scotia and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was an adviser to the Secretary General of the United Nations and mediator in a territorial and resource dispute between Gabon and Equatorial Guinea. And he was a neutral evaluator in an international dispute involving private and public parties in the Middle East.
Stephen is as well very active in the resolution of sport-related disputes in Canada and internationally, in cases before the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne. In addition to extensive work as counsel, he has served as arbitrator and mediator in numerous cases involving a wide range of issues and sports.
In addition to numerous professional associations in which he is active, Stephen is a member of the CAS list of arbitrators, the International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the International Panel of Arbitrators of the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) and the Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators of the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC). He is also Chair of the Arbitration Committee of ICC Canada, the Canadian National Committee of the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
Stephen is recognised as one of the world’s leading international lawyers and dispute resolution professionals by a number of Canadian and international publications.
Stephen has been named as one of the world’s leading international lawyers and arbitrators by the following publications :
Global Arbitration Review
The International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration
The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
EuroMoney Expert Guides - Guide to the World’s Leading Commercial Arbitration Attorneys
Practical Law Guide (PLC) - Which Lawyer?
LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading Lawyers in Canada
Who’s Who Legal - Canada
The Best Lawyers in Canada
The 50 Best Lawyers in Canada
Named Lawyer of the year 2022 (Montreal) in International Arbitration by The Best Lawyers in Canada
1990 McGill University, Faculty of Law
B.C.L. (Civil Law), LL.B. (Common Law)
1983 Canadian Securities Institute
The Canadian Securities Course
1983 Yale University
B.A. (Political Science)
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES AND ASSOCIATIONS
Member of the following institutional panels of arbitrators and mediators :
Panel of Canadian Arbitrators and Mediators of ICC Canada (the Canadian National Committee of the ICC)
American Arbitration Association - International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) International Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators
China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) International Panel of Arbitrators
Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada (SDRCC) Panel of Arbitrators and Mediators
Teaching and Professional Activities
McGill University Faculty of Law, Guest Lecturer: International Dispute Resolution
McGill University Faculty of Law, Guest Lecturer: Sport Law and Arbitration
Officer of the Arbitration Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA)
Editor of IBA Arbitration News
Director, Canada branch of the International Law Association (ILA)
Honorary Adviser to the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA Canada), former President of the Montreal branch
Officer of the Membership Committee and the Programme Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS)
Member of the Task Force on the New York Convention and the Task Force on the Revision of the ICC ADR Rules of the Commission on Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
Canada Delegate to United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group II, Revision of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (2008-2010)
Governor of the Quebec Bar Foundation
Canadian Bar Association (CBA)
American Bar Association (ABA)
International Bar Association (IBA)
International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA)
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA)
Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society