Hugh A. Meighen



Hugh specializes in international commercial, investment and construction arbitration in a range of industry sectors. He also focuses on investment protection disputes arising under investment protection laws and treaties.

Hugh has advised a range of Canadian and international companies in disputes with joint venture partners, owners, vendors, service providers, developers, governments and contractors over a range of issues, including delays, quality control and performance, financing, expropriations, fair treatment, and wrongful terminations.

His international arbitration experience includes advising on and acting in proceedings governed by the rules of ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, ICDR, BCICAC and DIAC. He has also acted in alternative dispute resolution procedures regarding complex infrastructure projects within Canada, including adjudication, expert determination and arbitration.

In conjunction with his arbitration practice, Hugh also appears at all levels of court on arbitration-related matters, including applications for set aside and enforcement, appeals of awards and decisions as an intervenor on matters of public importance.

Prior to joining BLG, Hugh practiced for five years in London and the Middle East in Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP’s international arbitration group. He was assistant legal counsel at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, where he supported arbitral tribunals in international investment arbitrations.

Hugh co-authored the Guide to the PCA Arbitration Rules, published by Oxford University Press and is an adjunct professor of international commercial arbitration at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb) and has acted as a sole arbitrator in real property and procurement disputes.


  • International Arbitrations

    • Representing a Canadian contractor in an ICC arbitration regarding the termination of a large-scale expansion works FIDIC contract.
    • Representing an international joint venture in a multi-million dollar ICC arbitration over the construction of a mine in Central America.
    • Representing a consortium of Korean EPC contractors in an ICC arbitration seated in Toronto over the construction of a coal-fired power plant, resulting in a significant award.
    • Representing Canadian and South American parties in the defence of an ICC claim arising from a series of guarantees.
    • Representing an aerospace and telecommunications company in a dispute with an English satellite telecommunications company under the LCIA Rules.
    • Representing a Canadian software developer in a programming dispute with an Eastern European/American vendor under the ICDR Arbitration Rules.
    • Representing a telecommunications company in an investment dispute with a Middle Eastern government under the UNCITRAL Rules.
    • Representing a consortium of Asian and African contractors in DIAC arbitration over the construction and finishing works of a major international airport in the Middle East.
    • Representing a Turkish contractor in DIAC proceedings over the construction of a high-rise residential tower.
    • Advising an international defence contractor in connection with a potential ICC dispute over a project in a Middle Eastern country.
  • Domestic ADR

    • Advising a government entity in a dispute over delayed transit works.
    • Advising a government entity in a significant mass transit procurement dispute.
    • Representing a hospital in a dispute over a series of delay issues arising during the construction phase of an expansion project.
    • Representing a hospital in an adjudication regarding a newly installed security system.
    • Advising a hospital in a dispute over the proper interpretation of a complex infrastructure contract.
  • Arbitration-related Litigation

    • Representing the Government of Mexico in the set aside of a partial award on jurisdiction issued by an arbitral tribunal pursuant to the ICSID Additional Facility Rules.
    • Representing a Rusoro Mining Ltd in the successful recognition and enforcement of a $1 billion ICSID (AF) arbitral award against Venezuela in Ontario and in subsequent execution efforts;
    • Representing a consortium of companies in the recognition and enforcement of a multimillion dollar arbitral award in Ontario courts.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb)
  • Adjunct Professor, International Commercial Arbitration, Osgoode Hall Law School
  • Director, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners
  • Member, YIAG
  • Editorial board member, Arbitration News, 2013-present

Community Involvement

  • Board member, TRM Family Foundation
  • Executive Committee Member, The Pledge

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2021 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration as on one of the top ten “Most Highly Regarded” partners in the Americas under 45 years old
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Commercial Arbitration)
  • Recognized in the 2018-2021 editions of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration – Future Leader
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Who's Who Legal: Construction – Future Leader
  • Recognized in 2017 by the Legal Media Group’s Expert Guides series as a “Rising Star”

Bar Admission & Education

  • New York, 2011
  • Ontario, 2010
  • BCL/LLB, McGill University, Dean's List, 2009
  • AB, Princeton University, cum laude, 2005