David Schneiderman

David Schneiderman is a CIGI senior fellow with expertise in investor-state arbitration.

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International economic law
Canadian constitutional law


David Schneiderman is a CIGI senior fellow whose research addresses a central policy issue of contemporary international investment protection law: is investor-state arbitration suitable between developed liberal democratic countries?  

David was called to the bar in British Columbia in 1984 and practised law in that province. He served as research director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in Toronto from 1986 to 1989. He was executive director of the Centre for Constitutional Studies, an interdisciplinary research institute at the University of Alberta, from 1989 to 1999.

David has authored numerous articles on Canadian federalism, the Charter of Rights, Canadian constitutional history, and constitutionalism and globalization. He has authored Constitutionalizing Economic Globalization: Investment Rules and Democracy's Promise (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-authored The Last Word: Media Coverage of the Supreme Court of Canada with Florian Sauvageau and David Taras (UBC Press, 2006). His most recent book is Resisting Economic Globalization: Critical Theory and International Investment Law (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and his new book, Red, White and Kind of Blue? The Conservatives and the Americanization of Canadian Constitutional Culture, is forthcoming with University of Toronto Press.

David has also edited several books, including The Quebec Decision (1999); Charting the Consequences: The Impact of the Charter of Rights on Canadian Law and Politics (1997) with Kate Sutherland; Police Powers in Canada: The Police Power in History, Law, and Politics (1993) with R.C. MacLeod; Social Justice and the Constitution: Perspectives on a Social Union for Canada (1992) with Joel Bakan; Freedom of Expression and the Charter (1991). He is founding editor of the quarterly Constitutional Forum Constitutionnel and founding editor-in-chief of the journal Review of Constitutional Studies.

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At This Year’s UNCTAD High-level IIA Conference, More Division than Consensus Sustainable Development Opinion
Does Investor-State Dispute Settlement Have a Place in Trade Deals Such as NAFTA? Investor State Arbitration, Trade Video
Reshaping International Trade and Investment to Serve a Complex and Changing World Trade Event
Trump Won’t Dump Investor Rights – and Here’s Why Investor State Arbitration Opinion
Developing Countries’ Challenges and International Investment Law Workshop Investor State Arbitration Event
A Day of Reckoning with Democracy for Investors Democracy, Financial Systems Opinion
Why Isn’t Development the Chief Object of Investment Law? Reflections on UNCTAD 14 Trade Opinion
Law for Sustainable Socio-Economic Development: The Search for International Governance Innovations Sustainable Development Event
Listening to Investors (and Others): Audi Alteram Partem and the Future of International Investment Law Investor State Arbitration CIGI Papers
Why CETA Is Unlikely to Restore Legitimacy to ISDS Investor State Arbitration CIGI Commentaries
A CETA investment court is not the solution Investor State Arbitration Opinion
Reaction to ISA in Canada and the USA Investor State Arbitration Video
Where is Canada’s national debate over trade dispute panels? Opinion
Canadian Investment Law and Policy in a Global Context: Are we getting it right? Video