Anthony R. Daimsis

  • Arbitrator
  • Lawyer
  • Law Professor
  • Moot Coach

About Prof. Anthony R. Daimsis, FCIArb

I’m a lawyer, arbitrator, teacher, and coach. I hold both a civil law degree (LL.L) and a common law degree (J.D.) and am a member of the Law Society of Ontario (Barrister and Solicitor), and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

My areas of expertise are:

Contract & Commercial Law (Domestic & International)
  • Private & public procurement
  • Contract interpretation and remedies
  • Contract drafting
Arbitration Law (Domestic & International)
  • Enforcing arbitration agreements and awards
  • Setting aside awards
  • Drafting requests for arbitration
  • Interim Measures
Foreign Direct Investment
  • Expropriation
  • FET
ADR & Professional Responsibility
  • Negotiation
  • Mediation and Conciliation

My work experience includes international commercial contracts, procurement, and construction disputes resolved in court and under the auspices of the World Bank (ICSID) and various international commercial arbitration institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, SCC, AAA (now ICDR). My experience also includes conflicts of law, foreign investment disputes, telecommunications, and underground resources. I have also advised South Asian countries in the area of Foreign direct investment and investment treaties.

In addition to my position at the University of Ottawa, I’m an associate Door Tenant at Littleton Chambers (London, England) and part of its international arbitration practice group. To visit Littleton Chambers, please see here

Arbitrator appointment

I accept appointments as an arbitrator but if you’re looking for someone to sit back and nap as you present your case, please do not appoint me. If, however, you need an arbitrator capable of sorting through messy facts and narrow laws, I am the right arbitrator. To read more about my style as an arbitrator, including my expectation from counsel, please read here

Counsel appointments & consultations

I accept counsel (lawyer) appointments only in areas I specialize in. Therefore, I will not “learn on your dime”. To read more about what you can expect from me as your lawyer, please read here

Appointing me as an expert witness or opinions

I’ve served as an expert witness in both court cases and arbitrations. I offer expert opinions on Canadian anglo-common law contracts, international sales law, in particular, the CISG, and international arbitration. To read more about my approach to expert opinions and appointing me as an expert witness, please read here

Teaching and training

As a law professor, my teaching areas include Contracts law, International Arbitration, and International Sales law. I use an adapted Socratic method intended to engage the classroom. A list of my courses is available here

I am also available to train lawyers (and non-lawyers) in my areas of competence. A list of these programs is available here

To contact me as a potential arbitrator, counsel, expert witness, or speaking and training sessions, please use the contact form on this website or send me an email using

Recent Blog Posts

My SCC appearances

In Uber v Heller, Uber attempts to require one of its drivers, Mr. Heller, to use arbitration instead of the courts, if he wishes... Read more.

How Heuristics Misshape Reasoning and Lead to Increased Costs in Arbitration

  Anthony Daimsis Chapter 6: Heuristics Misshape Reasoning and Increasing Costs [Cite as: Daimsis, Anthony in: “Finances in International Arbitration: Liber Amicorum Patricia Shaughnessy”,... Read more.