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Education

  • BA (Hons), Economics, 1979
    Concordia University
  • BCL, 1983
    McGill University
  • DEA, International Law, 1984
    University of Montpellier, France
  • LLB, 1985
    McGill University

Year of Call/Admission

  • New York, 1995
  • Massachusetts, 1994
  • Ontario, 1987
  • Québec, 1986

Languages Spoken

  • French
  • English

Peter E. Kirby

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Peter Kirby's practice covers the spectrum of issues that arise when goods and services are traded across borders, including trade and regulatory compliance, trade agreements, trade remedies such as anti-dumping and countervailing duty actions, international commercial arbitration and investor-state arbitration, customs law and export and import controls. He represents clients before governmental and administrative agencies and the Federal Court, and is frequently involved in appellate litigation of trade and customs issues.

Peter has acted for and advised corporations, state enterprises, and federal and provincial government departments and agencies on a wide range of international issues. He has acted as counsel in several investor-state arbitrations under Chapter Eleven of NAFTA and under Bilateral Investment Treaties and has assisted both public and private sector clients on investor-state disputes. Over the last thirty years he has acted as counsel in over fifty anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, from his first case involving Charcoal Briquettes from the U.S. in 1986 to ongoing administrative appeals involving oil country tubular goods.

As part of his regulatory practice, Peter has developed considerable expertise in Food Law, advising food companies and food-industry associations on a wide range of issues including novel food approvals and product recalls.

He is a frequent speaker in Canada and abroad on international trade issues. He has also been an invited speaker on international law topics at numerous meetings of the American Bar Association.

Peter was named Montreal’s International Trade and Finance Law Lawyer of the Year: 2017 by the publication Best Lawyers, and has been recognized by The American Lawyer and Lexpert as one of Canada’s leading 500 lawyers since 2012.

Additional Biographies

Honours and Awards

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 in Trade & Customs Law
  • Recognized as a preeminent indirect tax adviser in the Indirect Tax Leaders guide, published by International Tax Review (2017)
  • Chambers Canada 2016-2018 for International Trade/WTO
  • Recognized in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017 in the area of International Trade Regulation and Commodity Tax and Customs
  • Named '' Lawyer of the Year '' in International Trade and Finance Law by The Best Lawyer in Canada 2017
  • Recognized by the 2015 Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the area of international trade
  • Recognized by the Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US-Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in the area of international trade regulation
  • Recognized by the The Legal 500 Canada 2015 edition in the area of international trade
  • Recognized by the Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014 in the area of trade and customs
  • Recognized as one of Canada's 500 leading lawyers by Lexpert and The American Lawyer
  • Ranked by Benchmark Litigation as a national litigation star in international arbitration
  • Recognized as one of Canada's best International Trade and Finance Law lawyers by The Best Lawyers in Canada (2006-2018 editions)
  • Recognized as one of Canada's best lawyers in his field of expertise by Chambers Global
  • Recognized as one of Canada's best lawyers in his field of expertise by The World's Leading Lawyers
  • Recognized as one of Canada's best lawyers in his field of expertise by Euromoney Group
  • Recognized as one of Canada's best lawyers in his field of expertise by Guide to the World's Leading Trade Lawyers

Membership/Affiliations

  • Vice-Chairman, Canada Committee, Section of International Law, American Bar Association (2008-2010)
  • Vice-Chairman, International Trade Committee, Section of International Law, American Bar Association (2004-2006)
  • Member, Appeals Advisory Committee of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (2001)
  • Member, Editorial Board, North American Corporate Lawyer (2000-2003)
  • Member, Auditor General's Advisory Committee on the Special Examination of the Canadian Dairy Commission (1999-2000)
  • Chairman, Canadian Importers Association, Québec Chapter (1998 to 2000)
  • Member, Canadian Importers Association, National Board of Directors (1998-2000)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association, Sales and Commodity Tax Committee
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Member, New York Bar Association
  • Member, New York Bar Association, International Law Section
  • President, Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce (1990-1993)
  • Member, The Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Bench and Bar Committee (1995-1999)
  • Member, Auditor General's Advisory Committee on Government Procurement (1995-1996)