John A. Terry
John A. Terry "practices civil litigation, with an emphasis on business, international trade and public law. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of court in Ontario, at the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, before the Supreme Court of Canada, in commercial arbitrations and before a variety of administrative tribunals.
"John regularly provides advice to corporations and federal, provincial and municipal governments on NAFTA and WTO matters. He has acted for and advised major Canadian and multinational corporations in respect of investor–state arbitrations under Chapter 11 of the NAFTA...
cases "John’s recent experience in court includes acting as counsel for
- the Federal Representative Mr. Justice Frank Iacobucci, who was appointed by Canada to settle the Indian Residential Schools’ litigation
- Canada Post before the federal Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (Gomery Commission)
- a major financial services corporation in defending a class action
- the family of Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi, who was tortured and killed by the Iranian Government
- the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the high-profile Suresh appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada...
"John’s recent international trade experience includes
- acting for the shareholders of YUKOS oil and gas company in a high-profile dispute with the Russian Government
- acting for the Canadian mining company, Vannessa Ventures, in an investor/state arbitration with Venezuela over a major gold-mining property
- acting for Canada Post in the UPS NAFTA arbitration against Canada
- acting for the U.S. corporation S.D. Myers in proceedings to set aside a NAFTA arbitral award
- advising major multinational pharmaceutical companies in relation to cross-border sales of pharmaceutical products
- advising and representing a large Canadian multinational mining company challenging U.S. restrictions under the WTO and NAFTA
- assisting a large multinational company with respect to international human rights matters
- advising a multinational steel company about NAFTA Chapter 11 remedies as a response to potential U.S. safeguard actions
- advising a municipal government with respect to its obligations under the NAFTA and WTO
"professional involvement "John teaches Public International Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law as an Adjunct Professor and has lectured in Trial Advocacy at the University of Toronto. He has also taught public law in the Bar Admission Course and participates as a judge and faculty member for trial advocacy courses and various competitive moots, including the Niagara International Moot and Vis Moot in Vienna. Before joining Torys, John worked as a constitutional lawyer with the Ontario government and senior policy adviser with the Ontario Cabinet Office, coordinating the government’s Aboriginal Peoples’ agenda. John also spent two years teaching international trade law, international commercial arbitration and international human rights law at Otago University in New Zealand.
"John is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) arbitration roster for Canada.
"John is the co-author of two books—Interlocutory Proceedings: Strategy and Practice and The Emotional Consequences of Personal Injury: A Handbook for Psychiatrists and Lawyers. He has also written numerous other articles and delivered speeches, primarily on trade law and constitutional issues.