Janet Walker

JD, DPhil (Oxon), FCIArb, of the Ontario Bar

Janet Walker is one of the leading international dispute resolution specialists in Canada, based in Toronto and London. Janet has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in numerous ICC and ICDR arbitrations and she is a founding member of organizations such as ICC Canada, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, CIArb (Toronto Chapter), Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, and Arbitralwomen. Janet authors the main private international law treatise in Canada and she has served as consultant and expert on many significant transnational dispute matters for the past 15 years. She is Professor of Law and former Associate Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School, and the common law advisor to the Federal Courts Rules Committee.


Professional and Educational Qualifications

Janet is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and of the Bar of Ontario and a licensed legal consultant of the New York State Bar. She has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French. Her educational qualifications include: BA (Hons), MA, York University, JD (Osgoode Hall Law School) and MA, DPhil (Oxon).

Janet is a member of the following panels and organizations:


  • American Arbitration Association—ICDR Panel of International Neutrals
  • Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) Fellow and Panel Member
  • British Virgin Islands International Arbitration Centre (BVI IAC) Panel of Arbitrators
  • China Int’l Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC) Panel of Arbitrators
  • Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) Panel of Arbitrators
  • Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration (KLRCA) Panel member
  • Shanghai International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (SHIAC) Panel of Arbitrators
  • Shenzhen Commission on International Arbitration (SCIA) Panel of Arbitrators
  • Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Panel of Arbitrators
  • Ukrainian Chamber International Commercial Arbitration Court – Recommended Arbitrator


  • American Law Institute (ALI) – Elected Member
  • American Society of International Law (ASIL)
  • Arbitralwomen – Founding Member
  • Arbitration Place – Member
  • Athenaeum Club, London
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • CIArb Canadian Branch – Executive – founding chair, Toronto Chapter
  • International Academy of Commercial and Consumer Law – Elected Member
  • International Association of Procedural Law – Secretary General
  • International Bar Association
  • International Council on Commercial Arbitration (ICCA 2018 Sydney Executive Organizing Committee)
  • International Law Association Canadian Branch – Past President, and co-chair of 72nd Biennial Conference
  • London Court of International Arbitration
  • Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg – Scientific Advisory Board
  • Massey College – Senior Fellow
  • Shenzhen Commission on International Arbitration (SCIA) Panel of Arbitrators
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • University Club of Toronto
  • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators (WCA) Freeman of the City of London

Appointments photo

Appointments, Memberships and Visiting Positions

Janet is a Full Professor and past Associate Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, where she has been a member of faculty since 1996. Janet teaches courses in the conflict of laws, international arbitration, comparative procedure, class actions, professionalism and advocacy. She is a Director of the Professional LLM Program in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution.

Janet regularly serves as expert witness and counsel to members of the profession and governments in Canada and elsewhere in a range of matters relating to crossborder and domestic procedure in litigation and arbitration.

In addition, Janet holds, or has held the following appointments, memberships and visiting appointments:

Current Appointments

  • CIArb – Toronto Chapter Board Member, Academic Advisor
  • CIArb Oxford Diploma Course on International Commercial Arbitration – Co-Director
  • Federal Courts Rules Committee – Common Law Advisor
  • ICC Commission – Member
  • International Lawyers for Africa – Tunisian National Committee
  • Max Planck Institute, Luxembourg – Scientific Advisory Board
  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society – Program Committee
  • Uniform Law Conference of Canada (ULCC) – International Arbitration Legislation Project Advisory Board
  • Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot – Arbitrator


  • Governor General’s Horse Guards Association – Life Member
  • International Journal of Procedural Law – Editorial Board Member
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Osgoode Society

Former Appointments and Memberships

  • American Bar Association Litigation Section Working Group on Protocols for Parallel Class Actions
  • ASIL – Steering Cmte, Private International Law Group
  • ALI – International Advisory, Transnational Rules Project
  • Arbitralwomen – Board Member
  • Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto/Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (Program Cmte 2010-14)
  • Canadian Association of Law Teachers
  • Canadian Council on International Law – Board of Directors
  • CIArb – Chair, Toronto Chapter
  • International Bar Association Task Force on International Procedures and Protocols for Collective Redress
  • International Law Association – President, Canadian Branch; Co-Chair, 72nd Biennial Conference, Advisory Committee Research, Committee on International Litigation and the Interests of the Public: International Aspects of Group Actions
  • Law Commission of Ontario – Scholar in Residence
  • ULCC – Member, National Class Action Reform Project
  • Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot – Coach
  • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners’ – Steering Committee, Advisory Board

Visiting Appointments

  • Faculté des sciences juridiques, sociales et politiques de Tunis (2001-13)
  • Institute in International Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution in Zadar (2013)
  • Monash University in Prato, Italy (2013)
  • Leverhulme Visiting Professor, University College, Oxford University (2010)
  • Jerusalem Exchange Faculty Advisor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2005, 2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Hauser Global Law Faculty, NYU/NUS Joint Program in Singapore (2008)
  • Hauser Global Law Faculty, NYU School of Law (2007)
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2006)
  • Haifa University, Faculty of Law (2006)
  • Monash University, Faculty of Law (2002)


Publications on International and Comparative Dispute Resolution

Janet is the author of the leading Canadian text on private international law, which is among the three works most cited by appellate courts in Canada. Her publications span the range of subjects in international dispute resolution and comparative procedure.

Janet is regularly invited to present and moderate panels at international arbitration and dispute resolution conferences around the world including at LCIA Users’ Symposia and at IBA Conferences, and ICC Workshops and Conferences.


Books and Journal Issues

  • Private International Law in Common Law Canada (Emond, 3rd edition 2010, 4th edition 2016) Co-editor
  • Castel & Walker: Canadian Conflict of Laws (LexisNexis, 5th edition 2001+, 6th edition 2005+)
  • Special Issue on Teaching Procedure, (2013) 51 Osgoode Hall Law Journal, Guest Editor
  • Class Actions in Canada (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2013) General Editor
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: Conflict of Laws (LexisNexis, 1st issue 2006, 2nd issue 2016)
  • Common Law, Civil Law and the Future of Categories (Markham: LexisNexis, 2010) Editor, with Oscar Chase, also published as (2010) 49 S.C.L.R. (2d)
  • Civil Litigation (Toronto: Irwin Law, 2010) with Lorne Sossin
  • The Civil Litigation Process: Cases and Materials, 7th ed (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010) General Editor
  • The Vis Book: A Participant’s Guide to the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot (Huntington, NY: Juris, 2007) General Editor
  • Halsbury’s Laws of Canada: Conflict of Laws (Markham: Lexis Nexis Canada, 2006)
  • The Civil Litigation Process, 6th ed (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2005) General Editor
  • E drejta ndërkombëtare private (Private International Law: A Course for Magistrates), Magistrates’ School, Tirana, Albania (World Bank, 2005) with Arta Mandro-Balili and Ardian Kalia
  • Canadian Conflict of Laws 5th ed, looseleaf (Markham, Butterworths: 2002) with J-G Castel
  • Special Issue of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal in Honour of Jean-Gabriel Castel, (2000) Guest Editor
  • The Civil Litigation Process, 5th ed (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 1999) with GD Watson, W Bogart, A Hutchinson, J Mosher and T Pinos
  • A Practical Guide to Mooting (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 1995) with S Williams

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Procedural Order No. 1 Revisited: From Swiss watch to arbitrators’ toolkit” in P. Schaughnessy and S. Tung, The Powers and Duties of an Arbitrator: Liber Amicorum Pierre Karrer (Kluwer, 2017) with D. Jones
  • “Australian and Canadian Perspectives on Arbitration” (2014) 4 Quad. de Colloqui, with D. Jones
  • “Prohibited Means of Obtaining and Presenting Evidence” in Burkhard Hess, ed Reports of the XIVth World Congress, International Association of Procedural Law (2013)
  • “Class Actions in Canada” in Class Actions in International Perspective, eds Diego Corapi – Gianluca Scarchillo 2013
  • “XVIIIth Moot” in eds L Barrington, N Casado Filho, C Finkelstein, The Danubia Files (Parker, CO: Outskirts Press, 2013)
  • “Cultural Dimensions of Group Litigation” in Civil Procedure in Cross-Cultural Dialogue (Moscow: CTATYT, 2012)
  • “Class Actions: Settlement, Approval, Res Judicata, Claims Administration and Cy-pres Awards” in Procesos Colectivos/Class Actions (Buenos Aires, U de Buenos Aires, 2012)
  • “Who’s Afraid of US-style Class Actions?” (2012) Southwestern International LJ 509
  • “Summary Judgment has its Day in Court” (2012) 37 Queen’s LJ 697
  • “Same-sex Divorce Tourism Comes to Canada” (2012) LQR 344
  • “Ethical Lawyering in the Clientless World of Class Actions in Canada (2012) Jotwell
  • “Current Jurisdictional and Recognitional Issues in the Conflict of Laws” (2011) 50 Cdn Bus LJ 499 (with Vaughan Black and Joost Blom)
  • “Canada” in The Funding and Costs of Civil Litigation in Comparative Perspective (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2011) 239 (with Erik Knutsen)
  • “Conflict of Laws by Stephen G.A. Pitel and Nicholas S. Rafferty” (2010) 49 Cdn Bus LJ 478
  • “Are National Class Actions Constitutional?—A Reply to Hogg and McKee (2010) 48 Osgoode Hall LJ 95
  • “Applying Foreign Law” in Private International Law in Common Law Canada (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010) 553
  • “Immovables” in Private International Law in Common Law Canada (Toronto: Emond Montgomery, 2010) 785
  • “El Litigio en Materia Civil y las Nuevas Technologías” en Roberto Berizonce, XXV Congreso Nacional de Derecho Procesal: Hacia el Bicentenario – Por una jusiticia transparente en el sistema republicano (Buenos Aires: Universidad de Buenos Aires, 2010) 1110
  • “Muscutt Misplaced: The Future of Forum of Necessity Jurisdiction in Canada” (2009) 48 Cdn Bus LJ 135
  • “Teck Cominco and the Wisdom of Deferring to the Court First Seised, All Things Being Equal” (2009) 47 Cdn Bus LJ 192
  • “Le droit international privé” in Éléments de common law canadienne – comparaison avec le droit civil québécois, A Grenon ed (2008) 439
  • “Recognizing Multijurisdiction Class Action Judgments within Canada: Key Questions — Suggested Answers” (2008) 46 Cdn Bus 450
  • “Getting the Best Seats in International Commercial Arbitration” (2008) ADRIC Journal 9
  • “Forum Selection Clauses and Unfair Jurisdictions” (2007) 1 Dispute Resolution International 187 with Stefan Rützel and Sylvia Wünsch
  • “New Trends in Procedural Law: New Technologies and the Civil Litigation Process” (2007) 31 Hastings Int’l & Comp LR 251 with Garry Watson
  • “Castillo v Castillo: Closing the Barn Door” (2006) 43 Cdn Bus LJ 487
  • “Agreeing to Disagree: Can We Just Have Words?” (2006) 25 J of Law and Commerce 153
  • “Preliminary or Summary Proceedings, Scope and Importance” in XII Congreso Mundial de Derecho Procesal, Volumen I, eds M Storme & C Gomez-Lara (México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2006) at 193, with Garry Watson
  • “The Role of Domestic Courts in the International Legal Order” (2005) 11 ILSA J International & Comparative Law 365
  • “Coordinating Multijurisdiction Class Actions through Existing Certification Processes” (2005) 42 Cdn Bus LJ 112
  • “Twenty Questions (about Section 23 of the Ontario Limitations Act, 2002) in J Ziegel, et al eds, The New Ontario Limitations Regime: Exposition and Analysis (Toronto, Ont Bar Assoc, 2005) 95
  • “Crossborder Class Actions: A View from across the Border” (2004) Mich State DCL LR 755
  • “The Great Canadian Comity Experiment Continues (2004) 120 LQR 365
  • “The Deconstitutionalization of Canadian Private International Law” (2003) 21 SCLR (2d) 181 (with Vaughan Black)
  • “Foreign Public Law and the Colour of Comity: What’s the Difference between Friends?” (2003) 38 Cdn Bus LJ 36
  • “Must there be Uniform Standards for Jurisdiction in a Federation?” (2003) 119 LQR 567
  • “Rule 17—Service Outside Ontario” in Watson & Perkins eds, Holmested & Watson: Ontario Civil Procedure (2003)
  • “Beyond Real and Substantial Connection: The Muscutt Quintet” in T Archibald and M Cochrane eds, Annual Review of Civil Justice, 2nd ed (Toronto: Carswells, 2003) 61
  • “Enforcement of Judgments in Canada” in T Eisenberg, ed, Debtor-Creditor Law: A Treatise (1911+) (2003)
  • “The Utility of Principles and Rules of Transnational Civil Procedure” (2001-04) VI Uniform LR 803
  • “The Canmar Fortune: The Supreme Court of Canada Puts Jurisdiction Agreements Back on Course” (2003) 5 Canadian International Lawyer 144
  • “Canada’s Position on a Multilateral Judgments Convention” in C Charmody ed, Trilateral Perspectives on International Law (3 ed, 2003) 127
  • “Enforcement of Judgments in Canada” in Eisenberg, ed, Debtor-Creditor Law: A Treatise (1911+) (2002)
  • “Beals v Saldanha: Striking the Comity Balance Anew” (2002) 5 Canadian Int’l Lawyer 28
  • “International Dispute Resolution in the 21st Century: The Role of National Courts” Canadian Council on International Law, Looking Ahead: International Law in the 21st Century (2001) 95
  • “Rule 17—Service Outside Ontario” in Watson & Perkins eds, Holmested & Watson: Ontario Civil Procedure (2001)
  • “Restitution in Private International Law by G. Panagopoulos” (2001) 16 Bnkg & Fin LR 489
  • “Are we there yet?: Towards a New Rule for Choice of Law in Tort” (2000) 38 OHLJ 331
  • “Parallel Proceedings—Converging Views” in Cdn Yearbook of Int’l Law (2000) 155
  • “Class Actions in Ontario: Fresh Prospects for Securities Litigation?” in Litigation Issues in the Distribution of Securities: An International Perspective (Kluwer, 1997) (with CF Scott) 455
  • “Interprovincial Sovereign Immunity Revisited” (1997) 35 Osgoode Hall LJ 379
  • “A Tale of Two Fora: Fresh Challenges in Defending Multijurisdictional Claims” (1996) 33 Osgoode Hall LJ 549
  • “Cuba: Will New United States Law Hurt Canadians?” (1996) 3 North American Corporate Lawyer 134 with G Creighton
  • “Should Businesses Fear Canadian Class Actions?” (March, 1996) Int’l Commercial Litigation 18 with B Leon
  • “Applying Morguard to Foreign Judgments” (September, 1995) Int’l Commercial Litigation 37
  • “A New Model for Interprovincial Conflict of Laws” (1995) 2 Commercial Litigation 91
  • “Choice of Law in Tort: The Supreme Court of Canada Enters the Fray” (1995) 111 LQR 397
  • “Immunity for Extraterritorial Enforcement Measures in Canada: The Supreme Court Declines to Decide” (1994) 1 Canadian International Lawyer 17
  • “Military Justice: From Oxymoron to Aspiration” (1994) 32 Osgoode Hall LJ 1
  • “Personal Injury: The New Exception to State Immunity in Canada” (1994) 4 Internews 6
  • “Shawanaga Bound: The Ontario Court of Appeal Decides Hopton v Pamajewon” (1994) 53 Saskatchewan LR 161
  • “A Farewell Salute to the Military Nexus Doctrine” (1993) 2 Nat J Constitutional Law 366


  • “Class Proceedings in Canada” Report for Session II-C—Civil Procedure, 18th Int’l Congress on Comparative Law (International Academy of Comparative Law, Washington 2010) 30 pp
  • “Consultation Paper: Reforming the Law of Crossborder Litigation: Judicial Jurisdiction” (Toronto: Law Commission of Ontario, 2009) 63 pp
  • “A Comparative Survey of Conflict of Law Rules in Canada: Overview, Bibliography and Comparative Tables” for Civil Justice Section, Bijuralism Group, Department of Justice, 2005

Public Lectures

  • The Hague Academy of international law, Special Lectures: “Federalism, Regionalism and the Evolution of Private International Law” (July 2005)

Academic Conference Papers

  • “Cultural Dimensions of Group Litigation” (September 2012) International Association of Procedural Law, Moscow
  • “Three Engines of Trade: The Model Law, the CISG and Education” (June 2012) Reopening the Silk Road in the Legal Dialogue between Turkey and China, Istanbul
  • “Is the Witness Credible? Five Lies About the Truth” (May 2012) Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society, Edmonton
  • “Recent Developments in Judgments” (May 2012) National Judicial Institute Civil Justice Seminar, Moncton
  • “Who’s Afraid of US-style Class Actions?” (January 2012) Our Courts and the World: Transnational Litigation and Civil Procedure, Los Angeles
  • “Harmonization under the CISG and the Model Law” (November 2011) The Model Law After 25 Years: Global Perspectives on International Commercial Arbitration Law, Montreal
  • “Judicial Jurisdiction in Crossborder Matters: Time for Real and Substantial Change?” (November 2011) The Advocate’s Society Fall Convention, Costa Rica
  • “Prohibited Means of Obtaining and Presenting Evidence” (July 2011) XIVth World Congress, International Association of Procedural Law, Heidelberg
  • “Quo Vadis: The Teaching of Procedure and the Future of the Profession” Public and Private Justice: Landscape of the European Legal Profession – Has Unity been Lost? (May 2010) Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik
  • “Litigation Funding and Costs in Canada” (July 2009) International Conference on Litigation Costs and Funding, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies & Institute of European and Comparative Law, Oxford University, Oxford (with Erik Knutsen)
  • “Procedural Reform: A View from the Shop Floor” (June 2009) International Seminar on Procedure: Theory and Practice, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem
  • “Overlapping Multijurisdiction Class Actions in Canada” (November 2008) National Judicial Institute, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
  • “Discretion and Codification in Private International Law” (October 2008) Wuhan University, Wuhan, China
  • “Recent Developments in Canadian Conflict of Laws” (October 2008) Zhongnan University, Wuhan, China
  • “The Rise and Fall of Forum non Conveniens” (October 2008) Private International Law Workshop, International Bar Association Annual Conference, Buenos Aires
  • “Teck Cominco and the first seised principle” (October 2008) Consumer and Commercial Law Workshop, Winnipeg (15 pp)
  • “The UNCITRAL Model Law: Past, Present and Future” (August 2008) International Arbitration Conference Brunei and 2nd RAIF Conference, Brunei Darussalam, 12 pp
  • “Recognizing Multijurisdiction Class Action Judgments within Canada: Key Questions—Suggested Answers” (April 2008) National Judicial Institute, Class Actions Conference for Judges, Toronto 13 pp
  • “…there are parts of the world where things are badly wrong…’: Forum Selection Clauses and Unfair Jurisdictions” (October 2007) International Bar Association Conference, Singapore 8 pp
  • “What’s with Article III?—The nature of judicial authority and private international law” (May 2007) Faculty Workshop, NYU School of Law 30 pp
  • “Group Actions in Canada” (June 2006) Report for the 2006 Meeting of the International Law Association, Committee on International Civil Litigation and the Interests of the Public, Toronto 16 pp
  • “Reciprocity and Bilateralism in the Enforcement of Foreign Judgments” (June 2005) Canadian-American Research Centre for Law and Policy (CARC) Commercial and Corporate Law across the Canada-United States Border, Windsor 8 pp
  • “The World’s Longest Undefended Border” (April 2005) Hamilton Law Association, First Annual Emerging Issues in Cross-Border Commercial Litigation Seminar, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • “Agreeing to Disagree: Can we just have words?” (March 2005) Vienna International Arbitration Centre: From the 1980 Vienna Conference to the Digest and Beyond: Cases, Analysis and Unresolved Issues in the CISG, Vienna
  • “The Role of Domestic Courts in the International Legal Order” (October 2004) American Branch, ILA: Worlds in Collision? International Law and National Realities, New York
  • “Arbitrability: Are there Limits?” (October 2004) London Court of International Arbitration Symposium: The Promise of International Commercial Arbitration, Montreal
  • “Preliminary or Summary Proceedings, Scope and Importance” (September 2003) International Association of Procedural Law, XII World Congress, Mexico City, General Reporter (Common Law) with Garry Watson
  • “Reverse Auctions: Canada’s Reserve Bid?” (September 2002) Osgoode Professional Development Program, Second Annual National Symposium on Class Actions, Toronto
  • “Getting the Best Seats” (May 2002) Canadian Bar Association, International Section, Third Annual International Law Conference: Few Barriers or New Barriers, Ottawa
  • “The Better Part of Harmonizing Jurisdictional Law” American Society of International Law, 2002 Proceedings 342
  • “Private International Law Briefing/Year-In-Review Recent Developments in International Tort
  • Law in the British Commonwealth of Nations—Comment” American Society of International Law, 2001 Proceedings 294
  • “Parallel Proceedings: A Bird’s-eye View of the Jungle” (May 2001) Canadian Bar Association International Section, The Practice of International Law in the 21st Century: It’s Everybody’s Business, Ottawa
  • “Multi-Jurisdiction Class Actions in Canada” (April 2001) Osgoode Professional Development Program, First Annual National Class Actions Symposium, Toronto
  • “Beyond Big Business: Contests between Jurisdictions in a Vertically Integrated Global Economy” (November 2000) LSUC, Civil Litigation Forum, Toronto
  • “The Revitalization of National Courts as Fora for International Commercial Dispute Resolution through the Hague Judgments Convention and the Transnational Rules Project” (October 2000) Canadian Council on International Law Annual Meeting, Ottawa
  • “Canada’s Position on the Hague Judgments Convention” (October 2000) Japan Association of International Law/American Society of International Law/Canadian Council on International Law, Third Trilateral Conference, Ottawa
  • “Provisional and Protective Measures in International Litigation: Mareva and Grupo Mexicano – The Canadian Perspective” (April 2000) American Society of International Law Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, 2000 Proceedings 62
  • “Morguard at the Millennium: A Survey of Change” (January 2000) Canadian Bar Association of Ontario, From the Headlines: High Profile International Law Issues That Impact Practices of Canadian Lawyers (2000), Toronto
  • “A Tale of Two Fora: Fresh Challenges in Defending Multijurisdictional Claims” (June 1995) Conflict of Laws: Key Recent Cases, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto

Professional Presentations

  • “ICC Case Management Conference” (February 2013) IV Congreso International del Arbitraje, San José
  • “Who Speaks for the Class?” (December 2012) Keynote Speech – 4th Annual Class Action Colloquium (Toronto)
  • “Advising the Court: The Role of Experts” (November 2012) in From Bench to Bench: Pharmaceutical Patents from Lab Bench to the Courtroom, Toronto
  • “Where are the Women?” (November 2012) Arbitralwomen Symposium (Toronto)
  • “Arbitration Practice and Procedure” (November 2012) TCAS Annual Conference (Toronto)
  • “Collective Proceedings and the Cultural Issues they Raise” (June, 2012) Buenos Aires
  • “Early Career Workshop: Civil Procedure” (February, 2012) Canberra
  • “Conflict of Laws in 90 minutes” Federal Courts Clerks Seminar (January, 2012) Ottawa
  • “Are National Class Actions Constitutional?—A Debate with Peter Hogg” (February 2012) Toronto
  • “Women in Arbitration in Canada and Beyond” (December 2012) Arbitration Place, Toronto
  • “The ABA Protocols for Crossborder Class Actions” in Multi-Jurisdictional, Cross-Border, and International Class Actions: Where Are We Heading? (August 2011) American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Toronto
  • Expert Meeting: European Mass Claims and Private International Law (May 2011) Rotterdam
  • “International Arbitration Canadian Style: A Distinctive Approach?” American Bar Association Section on International Law Teleseminar (December 2010) Toronto
  • “Crossborder Mass Claims and Collective Redress: Are we on the road to an International Multijurisdictional Litigation Panel?” International Bar Association Annual Conference (October 2010) Vancouver
  • “International Litigation Issues” International Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Program (October 2010) Vancouver
  • “Family Law Now – Crossborder Issues” Law Society of Upper Canada (September 2010) Toronto
  • “Civil Procedure in Canada” International Congress Association of the Associado dos Magistrados Brasileiros (September 2010) Toronto
  • “Access to Justice for Consumers and Small Businesses in a Post-territorial Era” International Association of Commercial and Consumer Law (July 2010) Toronto
  • “Solving Disputes in Israel-North American/European Commerce” Israel Bar Association 10th Annual Conference (June 2010) Eilat
  • Moderator, London Court of International Arbitration European Users Symposium (March 2010) London
  • “Coordinating the Chaos: A Global Update on Mass Claims – Can Litigation, Arbitration and Government Remedies Work Together?” International Bar Association Annual Conference (October 2009) Madrid
  • “Civil Litigation in Canada: An Intensive Course for Senior Judges from Liaoning Province” (February 2009) Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto
  • “Foreign Judgments and Multijurisdictional Agreements: Two Presentations to McMillan” (February 2009) McMillan, Toronto
  • “Drafting Effective Arbitration Clauses: Countdown to Success” Arbitration Primer for Corporate Counsel and Business Lawyers (October 2008) Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto, Toronto
  • “The Flightless Cormorant and the Future of Collective Redress in Europe” (June 2008) Class Actions in Europe and North America, Florence
  • “International Arbitration: Fresh Ideas for a Changing World” (October 2007) ABILA International Law Weekend, New York, Moderator
  • “Jurisdiction to Grant Global Class Action Judgments and Settlements – dream or reality?” (October 2007) International Bar Association Conference, Singapore
  • “Hindsight: Pitfalls and Mistakes in Resource Disputes” (September 2007) International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) ADR after NAFTA, Toronto
  • “The Preclusive Effect of Judgments in Collective Actions: Implications for Jurisdiction and Appropriate Forum” (July 2007) ILA Committee Meeting, Paris
  • “Challenges to Jurisdiction and Non-Signatories in Arbitration” (June 2007) Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto, Current Issues in Canada-US Arbitration Practice: A Canadian Perspective, New York
  • “Pathological Clauses: A Hallowe’en Primer” (Oct 2006) Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP) Symposium, Montreal
  • “Initial Considerations in Drafting Arbitration Clauses” (September 2006) Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto (ART) Arbitration for the In-House Counsel: Essentials for an Effective Arbitration Clause, Toronto
  • “When Transnational Contracts Come Before Domestic Courts” (May 2006) National Judicial Institute, Civil Law Seminar: Contract Law, Halifax
  • “Cross-Border Dilemmas: Multi-jurisdictional Class Actions” (April 2006) Ontario Bar Association, National Civil Litigation CLE Conference, Toronto
  • “Questions, Questions, Questions: Recent Developments in the Conflict of Laws” (March 2006) Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
  • “The Conflict of Laws” and “The Constitution and Statutes of Repose” (November 2005) Ontario Bar Association, The New Ontario Limitations Regime: Exposition and Analysis, Toronto
  • ”The Basic Elements “(October 2005) Arbitration Roundtable of Toronto (ART) Essentials for an Effective Dispute Resolution Clause, Toronto
  • “Fragmentation: Diversification and Expansion of International Law—Private International Law”, Panel Coordinator and Moderator (October 2005) Canadian Council on International Law 34th Annual Conference, Ottawa
  • “Recent Class Actions Developments in Canada and the US: National Class Actions” (October 2005) 35th Annual Consumer and Commercial Law Workshop, Toronto
  • “Jurisdiction and Foreign Parties: Developments in Muscutt, the Rules and Forum Conveniens” Osgoode Professional Development Centre (May 2005) Civil Litigation: The New Realities, Toronto
  • “The Real and Substantial Truth about Jurisdiction in Canada (April 2005) Canadian Bar Association, National Civil Litigation Conference, Toronto
  • “Choosing the Right Seat” in Negotiating and Drafting Effective Arbitration Provisions in Commercial Agreements (October 2004) Osgoode Professional Development Program, Toronto
  • “Recent Developments in Recognition and Enforcement of Arbitral Awards” discussion leader with James Redmond (October 2004) 3rd Annual ICC Symposium, Montreal
  • “Designing the Right Arbitration Agreement: What goes in and what stays out”, discussion leader with Luis Sarabia (October 2004) Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, Montreal
  • International Commercial Arbitration Committee Working Session (Chair) (August 2004) International Law Association Biennial Conference, Berlin
  • “Beals v Saldanha Sets the Agenda for Law Reform” (January, 2004) Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
  • “Jurisdiction in Crossborder Disputes: The Leading Edge” (November 2003) Judicial Education Seminar, National Judicial Institute, Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Toronto
  • “‘Crazy!’: Recent Developments in Canadian Conflict of Laws” (July 2003) Torys, Toronto
  • “Jurisdiction, Territoriality and the Canadian Courts: Exploring the Limits of the ‘Real and Substantial Connection’ Test” (February 2003) Ontario Bar Association, International Law Section, Toronto
  • “Re-thinking Public Policy Review of Arbitral Awards” (November 2002) Canadian Council on International Business, Arbitration Committee Seminar, Montreal
  • “Enforceability of Foreign Revenue Claims and the Canadian Government’s US Tobacco Litigation” Commentary on paper (October 2002) 32nd Annual Consumer and Commercial Law Workshop, Toronto
  • “Public Policy—A New Standard for Review of Arbitral Awards?” (October 2002) Ontario Bar Association, Judicial Review of International Arbitral Awards, Toronto
  • “The Character of Our Courts: Defining Moments in their Histories” (September 2002) Faculty Seminar, Monash Faculty of Law, Melbourne, Australia
  • “Frontier Tales from Here and There: The Character of our Conflicts Regimes” (August 2002) Faculty Seminar, Flinders Law School, Adelaide, Australia
  • “Foreign Contracts: The Rough Guide” (August 2002) Thomson Playford, Adelaide
  • “Domestic Application of International Law: Trade and Commercial Issues (Private Law)” (June 2002) Court of Appeal for Ontario Judicial Education Seminar, Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • “Hail Mary Pleas: Foreign Judgments and Last Ditch Defences” (May 2002) Ontario Bar Association Programme in Civil Litigation, Toronto
  • “Potpourri—Confidentiality, Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards & Disclosure” (April 2002) American Arbitration Association/Canadian Bar Association, International Dispute Resolution: A View from Within, Montreal
  • “Forum Shopping in the 21st Century” (May 2001) Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
  • “Five Questions and an Answer” (February 2000) Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Toronto
  • “Morguard: A Decade of Change” (January 2000) Torys, Toronto
  • “Recent Developments in the Conflict of Laws” (September 1999) Blake, Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
  • “Integrated Justice and the Adjudicative Services Provided by Ontario’s Civil Justice System” (April 1999) Retreat, Policy Branch of the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Toronto

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Honours and Academic Awards

Janet served as a member of the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve for 37 years. She received a number of honours including: the Canadian Forces Decoration (2nd clasp); the LFCA Commander’s Award of Excellence; and the GGHG CO and RSM’s Award of Excellence. In recognition of her service to Canada she received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Since 2010, Janet had been recognized in leading indexes, including Who’s Who Legal (Canada, and International), Chambers, and Best Lawyers, and by leading members of the international arbitration community, including:

An eminent North American arbitrator on a panel that she chaired: “I know well the talents that mark a first-rate arbitrator. Professor Walker possesses them all.”

An eminent Asia-Pacific arbitrator: “Janet is held in very high regard by the International Arbitration Community as a pre-eminent arbitration practitioner and scholar.

A leading institutions’ administrative counsel: “Professor Walker was responsive to the parties’ queries and submissions at all times, diligently conducted the proceedings through carefully crafted procedural decisions and spearheaded the issuance of an award which ultimately led to an efficient resolution of the parties’ dispute.”

Contact info

  • Arbitration Place 900-333 Bay Street Toronto, Canada M5H 2R2

  • Email: jwalker@arbitrationplace.com
  • Phone: +1.416.710.6095
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