Pitman Potter PhD, CArb


Executive Summary

Pitman Potter is a consultant on China business matters to our Vancouver office. Fluent in Mandarin Chinese (reading, spoken and written), Pitman practises in the area of Chinese business law, particularly dispute resolution, commercial arbitration, and intellectual property. He has published extensively on these subjects. Pitman focuses his arbitration practice on arbitrations before the China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission and other recognized arbitral institutions, as well as ad hoc arbitrations. His corporate practice focuses on negotiation and contract preparation for joint ventures in the areas of power generation, manufacturing, leasing and finance, and technology transfer.

Pitman is also Professor of Law at the University of British Columbia Law Faculty, HSBC Chair in Asian Research at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research, and a senior fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. His teaching and research are focused on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwanese law and policy in the areas of foreign trade and investment, dispute resolution, intellectual property, contracts, business regulation, and human rights.

Representative Work

  • Maintains active arbitration practice.  Member of arbitral panels for China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission, Shanghai Arbitration Commission, BC International and Commercial Arbitration Commission.  Also handles ad-hoc arbitrations.
  • Works closely with other members of the firm in coordinating legal due diligence in connection with foreign investment projects in China.
  • Provides assistance in assessing and managing regulatory approval processes for China-based investment projects.
  • Advises Canadian firms on how to prepare for and manage in-bound investment opportunities to Canada from China.
  • Provides policy analysis and advice to public agencies in Canada and elsewhere.
  • Provides expert witness analysis on Chinese law for clients with disputes involving China.

Publications & Presentations


  • Pitman B. Potter, Assessing Treaty Performance in China: Trade and Human Rights (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2014).
  • Pitman B. Potter, China’s Legal System (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013).
  • Pitman B. Potter (with Thomas Adams), ed., Issues in Canada China Relations (Toronto: Canadian International Council, 2011).
  • Pitman B. Potter and Ljiljana Biukovic, ed., Globalization and Adaptation in International Trade Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2011).


  • Pitman B. Potter, "Contract Law,” in Mosher and Yu (ed.), Doing ​Business in China. New York:  Interjura. (looseleaf).
  • Pitman B. Potter, "Property Law” in Mosher and Yu (ed.), Doing Business in China. New York:  Interjura. (looseleaf).
  • “Advancing Canada’s Engagement with Asia on Human Rights: Integrating Business and Human Rights,” Asia Pacific Foundation Taskforce Report (2013) 54 pp. (Pitman B. Potter chaired the Taskforce and was principal author of the Report).
  • Pitman B. Potter, “Coordinating Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility,” in Hong Kong University Law Journal (2009), pp. 675-698. Reprinted in Tsinghua Faxue (Tsinghua Law Journal, 2011 no. 1 (Jan. 15, 2011), pp. 43-55 (in Chinese). Reprinted as Pitman B. Potter, “Coordinating Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility,” in Wesley Cragg, ed., Business and Human Rights (Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, 2012) (invited). 
  • Pitman B. Potter, “China and the International Legal System: Challenges of Participation,” The China Quarterly No. 191 (Sept. 2007), pp. 699-715 (invited).