Common Law Section

Common Law Section Faculty
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Fauteux Hall
57 Louis Pasteur St
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

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(613) 562-5794
(613) 562-5124


(613) 562-5800 ext.3270
(613) 562-5124

J. Anthony VanDuzer

Full Professor

57 Louis Pasteur St., Room 355
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5
(613) 562-5800 Ext. 3312
(613) 562-5124


B.A. (Queen's), LL.B., LL.M. (Col.), of the Bar of Ontario,  Professor

Tony VanDuzer graduated from the Common Law Section in 1982. He is currently a Professor and a member of the Faculty of Graduate and Post-Doctoral Studies.  Previously, he was the Vice Dean of the English Program (1994-5) and Vice Dean (Research) of the Section (2006-8).  Prior to joining the Section in 1989, he practised corporate and commercial law in Toronto with Fasken & Calvin (now Fasken Martineau Dumoulin).

At the law school, Professor VanDuzer teaches contracts and a number of upper year courses on domestic and international business law.  Outside the law school, Professor VanDuzer has taught more than 20 short courses to officials from Canadian government departments and more than a dozen foreign states on various trade and investment issues both in Canada and abroad.  He has also taught in the University of Ottawa Executive MBA program, at the Queen’s University International Studies Centre in England, the Westfalische Wilmelms-Universitat in Germany and the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

Professor VanDuzer’s main area of interest is international trade and investment.  He has been a member of the Academic Advisory Council to the Deputy Minister for International Trade and participated in technical assistance projects relating to business and trade law in transition and developing economies, including Armenia, Bangladesh, China, El Salvador, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam.   He has acted as an outside legal assessor for the Central and East European Law Initiative of the American Bar Association in reviewing a draft Foreign Trade Law for Bosnia-Herzegovina and a draft Competition Protection Act for Bulgaria.  He worked as a foreign expert advising on the development of a new foreign trade law for Russia which was passed by the Duma in 2005.   Along with Professor Simons and Professor Mayeda he has just published a guide to international investment treaties based on sustainable development principles for the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Professor VanDuzer's publications include books on corporate law and merger notification under the Competition Act as well as articles on various business and trade law issues. With Professor Gilles Paquet of the School of Management, Professor VanDuzer wrote Anticompetitive Pricing Practices and the Competition Act: Theory, Law and Practice, a major study for the Competition Bureau published in 1999. Many of Professor VanDuzer's recommendations for reform of the Competition Act were included in a bill amending the act in 2009.  In 2005, his study for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Health, Education and Social Services in Canada: The Impact of the WTO General Agreement on Trade in Services was tabled before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade. 

Professor VanDuzer is the chair of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL), a creation of the Faculty of Law and the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton, as well as an Adjunct Research Professor at NPSIA.   

Tony VanDuzer's CV

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