Janet Walker J.D., DPhil (Oxon), FCIArb
BA(Hons), MA, JD (Osgoode), MA, DPhil (Oxon), FICArb, of the Ontario Bar, Professor and former Associate Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School. Professor Walker has served as sole arbitrator, co-arbitrator and chair in ICC and ICDR arbitrations and she is active with ICC Canada, and the ICDR and CIETAC Panels, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, Chartered Institute (Toronto Branch), Arbitralwomen, and as a coach and arbitrator at the Vis Moot since 2001. She was among the Canadian arbitrators listed in Who’s Who Legal in 2010 and 2011, and she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a member of the ILA Committee on International Commercial Arbitration.
Professor Walker teaches Conflict of Laws and International Arbitration at Osgoode, and she has taught as a visitor at Monash, Haifa, U of T, NYU, NUS, Oxford, and for eleven years as a Foreign Research Professor at Tunis II. She is the author of the leading Canadian text on conflict of laws, Castel and Walker: Canadian Conflict of Laws and the Halsbury’s Laws of Canada volume on Conflict of Laws; co-author of Civil Litigation; General Editor of The Civil Litigation Process, and co-editor of Civil Law, Common Law and the Future of Categories, and other publications on international and comparative dispute resolution available here.
Professor Walker has been an International Advisor to the American Law Institute/Unidroit project on Principles and Rules of Transnational Civil Procedure, and a member of the ULCC Committee on National Class Actions, the ILA Committee on International Litigation and the Interests of the Public, the IBA Task Force on Enforcing Judgments for Collective Redress, and the ABA Working Group on Crossborder Class Actions. Since 2006, she has served as the common law Advisor to the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal Rules Committee, and she was the first Scholar-in-Residence at the Law Commission of Ontario where she prepared a Consultation Paper on Judicial Jurisdiction.
Professor Walker has been elected a member of the American Law Institute, President of the Canadian Branch of the International Association of Procedural Law, Presidium member of the International Association of Procedural Law, and Senior Fellow of Massey College. She was a Co-Chair of the 72nd Biennial Conference of the International Law Association in 2006 and of the International Association of Procedural Law conference in 2009, and she led the Project on Teaching Procedure at Oxford in 2010. In 2012, she was the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.