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.