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Ian A. Laird


Partner, Cowell & Moring LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., McGill; LL.B.; Windsor, LL.M., Cantab

Ian A. Laird - BA (McGill), LLB (Windsor), LLM (Cantab), is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Crowell & Moring LLP. He is...

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Ian A. Laird - BA (McGill), LLB (Windsor), LLM (Cantab), is a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Crowell & Moring LLP. He is licensed to practice as a Barrister & Solicitor in Ontario, Canada, and as a Special Legal Consultant in the District of Columbia. Laird’s practice as counsel and arbitrator is focused in the field of international investment law and arbitration. Listed in Who’s Who in Commercial Arbitration, he has spoken extensively and published numerous articles on international investment arbitration. With Todd Weiler, Borzu Sabahi and Frederic Sourgens, he is Co-editor of the Juris Publishing series Investment Treaty Arbitration and International Law (now in its 6th edition in 2013). He is Editor-in-Chief of www.InvestmentClaims.com (published by Oxford University Press). Laird has been counsel in some of the leading investment arbitrations submitted under the NAFTA Chapter 11 investor-state provisions in matters related to the Canada-US softwood lumber dispute, the export of PCBs to the United States, the express courier service industry and the export of water. He has experience advising clients on issues related to bilateral and multilateral international agreements, such as the WTO Agreement, the NAFTA and Bilateral Investment Treaties. Laird has also served at several levels of government in Canada - he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Federal Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, 2003-2004, and acted as a senior ministerial assistant to the Ontario Minister of Energy and Minister of Citizenship, 1988-1990.

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"Time for the Three Amigos to make a bold statement on free trade," an opinion piece written by Adjunct Professor Ian Laird, in The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Can.), June 28, 2016.

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"Time for the Three Amigos to make a bold statement on free trade," an opinion piece written by Adjunct Professor Ian Laird, in The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Can.), June 28, 2016.

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