UNCITRAL Working Group III

Director General and Senior General Counsel

Trade Law Bureau for Canada

Shane Spelliscy is currently the Director General of the Trade Law Bureau of the Government of Canada and the Deputy Legal Adviser at Global Affairs Canada. As the Director General, he is the Government of Canada’s most senior international trade lawyer, responsible for all trade related legal advice, including trade remedies, market access, trade barriers, trade in goods and services and international investment law. He joined the Trade Law Bureau in 2008, and since then he has provided advice on Canada’s obligations under its trade and investment treaties and served as counsel in trade and investment treaty negotiations and in disputes under its investment treaties. He has acted as Canada’s delegate at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) since 2008, including with respect to the revision of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules, the development of the UNCITRAL Rules on Transparency, and the negotiation of the Mauritius Convention on Transparency in Treaty-Based Investor-State Dispute Settlement. In November 2017, he was elected by the Member States of UNCITRAL as the Chair of Working Group III, which has been tasked with considering possible reforms in the field of investor-State dispute settlement.