Josh Scheinert

Senior Associate

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Josh practices international investment and trade law, with an emphasis on regulatory compliance, business and human rights, and international investment arbitration.

He advises clients on the following:

  • meeting international trade and investment regulatory requirements such as sanctions compliance, procurement, export controls and supply-chain transparency
  • expanding national and international laws and standards to protect human rights in the context of transnational business
  • international investor protections and arbitrations, including how investor-protection regimes are affected by governmental actions to regulate environmental and labour impacts

Josh works with clients across industries to ensure they are prepared to meet domestic and international regulatory standards, especially those related to supply-chain issues and business and human rights. He advises companies on reforming internal policies and compliance programs to meet applicable legal standards and best practices.

Josh also acts for clients in investor-state disputes launched under free trade agreements and bilateral investment treaties and appears before international arbitration tribunals. He has acted on trade remedy files before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

Josh has been a visiting law professor in Gambia and India in international and comparative law.

He joined the Ontario bar after completing a judicial clerkship with Chief Justice Allan Lutfy of the Federal Court.


  • A defence industry client on devising and implementing company-wide business and human rights policies and processes.
  • A multinational company on an internal compliance investigation.
  • A global technology company on renegotiating its security clearances with the Government of Canada.
  • A global mining company on incorporating human rights protections within its security operations.
  • Lone Pine Resources Inc. v. Government of Canada, a NAFTA Chapter 11 arbitration.
  • Bilcon of Delaware et al v. Government of Canada, a NAFTA Chapter 11 arbitration.

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Co-head, international law section, Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2010
  • LLM, University of Cambridge, 2012
  • JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2009
  • BA (Hons.), McGill University, 2005