J. Cameron Mowatt

Bar Admission
  • Hong Kong (Solicitor), 1993
  • England and Wales (Solicitor), 1993
  • Law Society of British Columbia, 1981
  • LLB, University of British Columbia, 1980
  • BA, University of British Columbia, 1975
Professional Involvement
  • Co-founder and editor of InvestorStateLawGuide
  • Law Society of British Columbia Rule of Law and Independence Advisory Committee (2006-2013) and Competency Committee (1991-1992)
  • International Bar Association, Arbitration Committee and Anti-Corruption Committee (2008-to 2020); Organizing Committee, Annual Conference, Vancouver (2010)
  • Canadian Bar Association, International Law and Insurance Law Subsections
  • Vancouver Bar Association, Secretary-Treasurer (1987-1992)

Cameron Mowatt is Senior Counsel to Tereposky & DeRose. He has unparalleled experience as counsel to governments in investment treaty disputes, acting as counsel, intervenor and advisor in over 40 investor-state arbitrations. Cam has acted as counsel to the Government of Mexico in its investor-state arbitrations since 1997, and as an external advisor to the Canadian government and state-owned entities on investment treaty matters.

He has advised on the negotiation and implementation of bilateral and multilateral investment protection treaties and the application of international investment obligations to public-private partnerships, health services, telecom services and cultural industries. He has also advised private sector clients on how to structure their foreign direct investments to benefit from the protection accorded under investment treaties.

Cam is recognized as a leading lawyer in international arbitration by the world’s most prestigious legal rankings publications and is a co-founder and editor of InvestorStateLawGuide, the leading research database for investment treaty law.

Investor-State Dispute Settlement

  • Counsel to the Government of Mexico in the following investor-state arbitrations in claims under NAFTA Chapter Eleven:
    • Eutelsat S.A. v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/17/2)
    • Vento Motorcycles, Inc. v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/17/3)
    • Joshua Dean Nelson et al v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. UNCT/17/1)
    • Gordon Burr et al v. United Mexican States (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/16/3)
    • Lion Mexico Consolidated LP v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/15/2)
    • KBR, Inc v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. UNCT/14/1)
    • Cargill, Inc v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/05/2)
    • Archer Daniels Midland et al v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB (AF)/04/5)
    • Corn Products International v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB (AF)/04/1)
    • Bayview Irrigation District et al v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/05/1)
    • Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/02/1)
    • International Thunderbird Gaming Corp v. Mexico (UNCITRAL)
    • GAMI Investments Inc. v. Mexico (UNCITRAL)
    • Waste Management Inc v. Mexico (II) (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/00/3)
    • Marvin Roy Feldman v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/99/1)
    • Waste Management Inc. v. Mexico (I) (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/98/2)
    • Metalclad Corporation v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/97/1)
    • Robert Azinian et al v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB (AF)/97/2)
  • Counsel to the Government of Mexico in the following investor-state arbitrations in claims under bilateral investment treaties:
    • TelefonicaA. v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/12/4)
    • Abengoa, S.A. v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/09/2)
    • GemplusA. v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/04/3)
    • TalsudA. v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/04/4)
    • Técnicas Medioambientales S.A. (Tecmed) v. Mexico (ICSID Case No. ARB (AF)/00/2)
  • Counsel to the Government of Mexico as an intervenor on questions of interpretation and application of the NAFTA:
    • Resolute Forest Products v. Canada (PCA Case No. 2016-13)
    • Eli Lilly & Company v. Canada (UNCITRAL, ICSID Case No. UNCT/14/2)
    • Windstream Energy LLC v. Canada (PCA Case No. 2013-22)
    • Mercer International Inc v. Canada (ICSID Case No. ARB(AF)/12/3)
    • Merrill & Ring Forestry LP v. Canada (ICSID Case No. UNCT/07/1)
    • United Parcel Service of America, Inc. v. Canada (ICSID Case No. UNCT/02/1)
    • D. Myers, Inc v. Canada (UNCITRAL)
    • Pope & Talbot, Inc. v. Canada (UNCITRAL)
    • Ethyl Corporation Canada (UNCITRAL)


  • ® AV® Distinguished™ Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence, 2022

Chambers Global

  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Band 1

Chambers Canada

  • Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Band 2

Best Lawyers in Canada

  • Lawyer of the Year, International Arbitration, 2019 and 2022
  • International Arbitration (since 2013)
  • International Trade and Finance Law (since 2024)

Who’s Who Legal: Canada

  • Arbitration: National Leader (2020)

Canadian Lexpert Directory

  • Commercial Arbitration

Speaking Engagements

  • “Hands Off My Mine: Protecting Canadian-Owned Mining Projects from Foreign Governments and Counterparties,” Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum Management and Economics Society, November 2011
  • “Canada’s FIPAs and FTAs with Latin America: Serving Canadian Interests?” in Canadian International Council Canada-Latin America Forum, Vancouver, May 2011
  • “The Use of Investment Treaties in Deal Structuring,” Federated Press, 10th Negotiating and Drafting Major Business Agreements Conference, November 2009
  • “Investor State Arbitration – What To Do When Things Go Really Wrong,” Canadian Bar Association, March 2009



  • Co-author (with Celeste Mowatt) Border Timbers and others v Zimbabwe – Case Comment, ICSID Review – Foreign Investment Law Journal, April 30, 2013
  • Co-author (with Robert Dean and Craig Chiasson) “GAR Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-How – Canada” in Global Arbitration Review, November 2012
  • Co-Editor, The NAFTA Arbitration Reports, 2002-2005


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