J. William Rowley QC
20 Essex Street Chambers
J William Rowley QC has chaired or participated as a tribunal member or counsel in over 200 international arbitrations, involving over 50 national or state laws or treaty systems. Ranked by Chambers and Partners as one of the “Most in Demand Arbitrators: Global Wide”, he is one of a few Canadians with a truly international arbitral practice and reputation. He is described as ‘one of the elite international arbitrators’ (The New Peace Keepers); a ‘Star Performer’ (Legal Business Arbitration Report); one of London’s ‘Super-Arbitrators’ (Global Arbitration Review); ‘Exceptional’, ‘Olympian’, ‘no one ever leaves the chamber with a sense of injustice’, a ‘big character on the scene’ (Chambers UK); and an ‘extremely strong’ arbitrator and a ‘sensible chairman’ (Chambers Global 2013’s Most In Demand Arbitrators); `Very experienced-can cut through the smoke to get to the heart of the matter` (Chambers Global 2016`s Most in demand Arbitrators); `Widely acknowledged to be as good as it gets, particularly for energy related disputes` (Who`s Who Legal, Arbitration 2016); `An internationally renowned arbitrator` (Who`s Who Legal, Arbitration 2017)
He served as board chairman of the LCIA from 2013 to 2017 and is a former member of the LCIA Court. He is a member of the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators, the ICC Canadian Panel and multiple regional panels (including, AAA/ICDR, SCC, DIAC, KLRC, SIAC, HKIAC). He is a past member of the NAFTA 2022 Committee.
He was Founding Editor, Arbitration World, (2004–12). He is the chair of the editorial board of Global Arbitration Review; He is General Editor, GAR’s Guide to Energy Arbitrations, (2nd ed. 2017), past chair of the IBA Business Section and IBA Antitrust Committee and co-author of Rowley & Baker: International Mergers – the Antitrust Process. He served as chairman at McMillan LLP from 1996 to 2009, and as chairman emeritus and special counsel from 2009 to 2014. He served as a non-executive director of AVIA Canada, (1997-2014).”