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 and vendors 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.

In addition to his counsel work, Hugh is an adjunct professor of international commercial arbitration at Osgoode Hall Law School and has acted as a sole arbitrator in real property and procurement disputes. He has authored and co-authored various book chapters, articles and commentaries regarding arbitration law, including the Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules, published by Oxford University Press in 2014.

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 2016 and 2017, Hugh was recognized by Global Arbitration Review for inclusion in Who's Who – Arbitration List of Future Leaders.

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.

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 an 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 an aerospace and telecommunications company in a dispute with an English satellite telecommunications company under the LCIA Rules;
  • Successfully representing a Canadian mining company in the successful recognition and enforcement of a $1 billion ICSID (AF) arbitral award in Ontario;
  • Successfully advising a consortium of companies in the successful recognition and enforcement of a multimillion dollar award in Ontario courts;
  • 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 consortium of Asian and African contractors in DIAC arbitration over the construction and finishing works of a major international airport in the Middle East;
  • Representing a Turkish contractor in DIAC proceedings over the construction of a high-rise residential tower;
  • 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; and
  • Acting as sole arbitrator in a real property dispute and procurement disputes.

Publications & Presentations

Books

  • Co-Author, Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules, Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • Co-Author, "Procedural Fairness in International Arbitration involving States", Procedural Fairness in International Courts and Tribunals, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), 2015.

Journals and Articles

  • Editorial Board Member, Arbitration News, 2013-present.
  • "Third Party Funding of Litigation in Canada," Third Party Funding Review, January 2018.
  • "Projects under Pressure: is there any relief?" Construction Law International, forthcoming 2018.
  • "The evolution of third party litigation funding in Canada," The Lawyer's Daily, LexisNexis, October 2017.
  • "Investment Treaty Arbitration 2017: Canada," Global Arbitration Review, August 2017.
  • "Investment Treaty Arbitration 2016: Canada," Global Arbitration Review, August 2016.
  • "Court addresses multi-party and multi-contract issues," International Law Office, July 2016.
  • "Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration," Lexology, June 2016.
  • "Three's a crowd? Third-party arbitration funding," International Law Office, April 2016.
  • "A Matter of Discretion: The DIFC Court Stay Proceedings in Favour of Arbitration," YIAG Newsletter, January 2013.
  • "Second Look at First Assumptions: Yugraneft v Rexx Management Corp.," Transnational Dispute Management, July 2009.

Presentations

  • Interviewed, "How a re-tooled NAFTA could hurt business investments of Canadian companies," BNN Bloomberg, May, 2018.
  • Adjunct Professor, International Commercial Arbitration, Osgoode Hall Law School, Winter 2018.
  • "Projects under pressure: is there any relief?" International Bar Association Annual Conference, Sydney, October 2017.
  • "Innovation in Arbitration", panel moderator of YCAP Spring Symposium, Vancouver, June 2017.
  • "Dispute Resolution in P3 Projects", Osgoode Hall Certificate, Toronto, March 2017.
  • "Introduction to Investment Arbitration", Osgoode Hall LLM Program, Toronto, November 2016.
  • "Managing Third Party Funding in International Arbitration," Toronto, May 2016.
  • "Improving the Arbitral Process," McGill University, Montreal, April 2016.
  • "Written Advocacy" and "Arbitration under the auspices of the PCA", ICC YAF Conference, Cyprus, September 2015.
  • "Pre-Arbitral Considerations," ADR Institute of Canada Annual Conference, Montreal, October 2014.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • ​Recognized in the 2016 and 2017 editions of Who's Who Legal - The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers as an "Arbitration: Future Leader".
  • Recognized in 2017 by the Legal Media Group's Expert Guides series as a "Rising Star".