Hugh A. Meighen  

Senior Associate

Executive Summary

Hugh Meighen is a senior associate in BLG's International Trade and Arbitration and Construction Groups based in Toronto. He specializes in international commercial, investment and construction arbitrations in the telecommunications, oil & gas and mining sectors, as well as investment protection disputes arising under investment protection laws and treaties. He has acted in international arbitrations governed by a variety of procedural rules, including the arbitration rules of the ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICDR, BCICAC and DIAC. He has advised international contractors in disputes with employers, construction managers and suppliers regarding delay claims, defective works, variations, and financing issues. Hugh has also acted for telecommunication companies in disputes with governments, vendors, and service providers in a variety of contractual disputes.

Prior to joining BLG, Hugh practiced for five years in London and the Middle East in the international arbitration group of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and was Assistant Legal Counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where he assisted arbitral tribunals in international investment arbitrations. In addition to various book chapters, articles and commentaries, Hugh co-authored the Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Hugh speaks English and French and is a qualified lawyer in New York State (2011) and a Barrister and Solicitor in Ontario (2010). He earned his B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from the McGill Faculty of Law in 2009 (Dean's List) and A.B. degree cum laude from Princeton University in 2005.

In 2017, Hugh was recognized by Global Arbitration Review for inclusion in Who’s Who- Arbitration List of Future Leaders.

Representative Work

  • Successfully defended a consortium of Korean EPC contractors in an ICC arbitration seated in Toronto over the construction of a coal-fired power plant, resulting in a favourable multi-million dollar award;
  • Representing a Canadian software developer in a programming dispute with an Eastern European/American vendor under the ICDR Arbitration Rules;
  • Representing a telecommunications company in an investment dispute with a Middle Eastern government under the UNCITRAL Rules;
  • Representing a international joint venture in a multimillion dollar ICC arbitration over the construction of a mine in Central America;
  • Representing Canadian and South American parties in the defence of an ICC claim arising from a series of guarantees;
  • Representing a Turkish contractor in DIAC proceedings over the construction of a high-rise residential tower;
  • Representing a consortium of Asian and African contractors in a dispute over the construction and finishing works of a major international airport in the Middle East;
  • Representing an aerospace and telecommunications company in a dispute with an English satellite telecommunications company under the LCIA Rules;
  • Advising a consortium of companies in set aside proceedings over an arbitral award issued in Canada;
  • Advising a Japanese entity in relation to a sale and purchase agreement in the Middle East;
  • Advising an international defence contractor in connection with a potential ICC dispute over a project in a Middle Eastern country;
  • Advising a consortium of oil & gas companies in a revenue-sharing dispute with a state-owned petroleum company;
  • Advising a state-owned oil & gas company in a dispute with its European partner in a dispute over a sales and distribution agreement.

Hugh's other recent arbitration experience includes:

  • Acting as sole arbitrator in a real property dispute; and
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in a procurement dispute

Publications & Presentations


  • Co-author, Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules, (Oxford University Press, 2014). Translations to French, Spanish, and Arabic forthcoming.
  • Co-author, "Procedural Fairness in International Arbitration involving States" in Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals, eds Arman Sarvarian et al., British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), November 2015.


  • Editorial Board Member, Arbitration News, International Bar Association, 2013 to present.
  • Co-Author, "Court Addresses multi-party and multi-contract issues", International Law Office, July 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Third Party Funding in International Arbitration", Lexology, June 2016.
  • Co-Author, "A Matter of Discretion: the DIFC Courts Stay Proceedings in Favour of Arbitration", YIAG Newsletter, January 2013.
  • Author, "Second Look at First Assumptions: Yugraneft v Rexx Management Corp.", Transnational Dispute Management, July 2009.


  • “BITs in the Background”, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, Quito, Ecuador, April 2017
  • "Managing Third Party Funding in International Arbitration", Arbitration Place, May 2016
  • "Improving the Arbitral Process", McGill University, April 2016.
  • ICC YAF Conference, Cyprus, "Written Advocacy" and "Arbitration under the auspices of the PCA", September 2015.
  • ADR Institute of Canada Annual Conference, Montréal, "Pre-Arbitral Considerations", October 2014.
  • Oxford University Press, New York, Guide to the PCA Rules book launch, May 2014.