Haig Oghigian, FCIArb., has a practice that is primarily focused on international dispute resolution. He also advises on a wide range of issues in the pharmaceutical and life sciences sectors, with an emphasis on government relations and regulatory matters.

    Haig has acted as counsel, arbitrator and/or mediator in more than 100 cases, including high profile ICC, JCAA and SIAC cases in Asia, Europe and the US. He has also represented an industry association in a nontariff trade barrier dispute against the Japanese government at the World Trade Organization. He is consistently highly ranked by the leading rating institutions including Chambers, GAR and Asia Law 500. He is widely published in various journals and is the author and editor of The Law of Commerce in Japan (Prentice Hall).

    Haig is listed as an arbitrator and mediator with the Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), International Centre for Dispute Resolution of American Arbitration Association (AAA), Singapore International Arbitration Association (SIAC), British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Association (BCICAC), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Beijing Arbitration Association (BAA), London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and Kuala Lumpur Arbitration Centre (KLAC).

    Haig began his career in Japan as the Legal Economic Officer at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. He returned to private practice in Japan in 2000.

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    Arbitration

    • Counsel, Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC), Singapore (2018)
    • Counsel, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), Almaty/Tokyo (2018)
    • Counsel, Canada Brazil Chamber of Commerce (CBCC), Sao Paulo, Brazil (2017)
    • Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Tokyo, Japan (2017)
    • Co-Arbitrator, Japan Commercial Arbitration Association (JCAA), Tokyo, Japan (2016)
    • Presiding Arbitrator, ICC, Hong Kong (2015)
    • Counsel, Ad Hoc Mediation, Tokyo, Japan (2015)
    • Co-Arbitrator, ICC, Tokyo, Japan (2014)
    • Co-Arbitrator, JCAA, Tokyo, Japan (2014)
    • Counsel, Arbitration, ICC, Singapore (2013)
    • Counsel, Arbitration, ICC, Vienna (2013)
    • Mediator, JCAA Rules, Honolulu, Hawaii (2013)

    Education

    • Keble College, University of Oxford, Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration, 1998
    • Foreign Service Institute, Diploma in Japanese Language Studies, 1988
    • Harvard University, Graduate Studies, 1986
    • McGill University, LL.B., 1979

    Admissions

    • Japan (gaikokuho jimu bengoshi), 2002
    • British Columbia Canada, 1980

    Languages

    • English
    • French
    • Japanese
    • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2018 for Arbitration; Mediation and Arbitration (Japan)
    • Recommended as an elite “Leading Lawyer” in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 for Dispute Resolution – International firms and joint ventures – foreign lawyers (gaiben)
    • Recommended in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Corporate and M&A - International firms and joint ventures, Japan and Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures, Japan
    • Recommended in Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2018 in Corporate and M&A - International firms and joint ventures, Japan and Dispute resolution – International firms and joint ventures, Japan
    • Recognized in Who’s Who Legal 2018 for Arbitration; Mediation and Arbitration (Japan)
    • Recommended as an elite “Leading Lawyer” in The Legal 500 Asia Pacific 2017 for Dispute Resolution – International firms and joint ventures – foreign lawyers (gaiben).

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