Resolute Forest Products Inc. v. The Government of Canada

Pursuant to Article 3 of the 1976 Arbitration Rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and Article 1120 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (“NAFTA”), through a Notice of Arbitration dated December 30, 2015, Resolute Forest Products Inc., on its own behalf and on behalf of its subsidiary, Resolute FP Canada Inc., instituted arbitral proceedings against the Government of Canada.  The Permanent Court of Arbitration acts as Registry in this arbitration.

Case information

Name(s) of Claimant(s) Resolute Forest Products Inc. (U.S.A.) (Private entity )
Name(s) of Respondent(s) The Government of Canada (State)
Names of Parties -
Case number 2016-13
Administering institution Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
Case status Pending
Type of case Investment arbitration
Subject matter or economic sector Manufacturing
Rules used in arbitral proceedings UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules 1976
Treaty or contract under which proceedings were commenced

[Multilateral treaty]

Language of Proceeding English
Seat of Arbitration (by Country) Canada

Judge James R. Crawford AC (President)

Dean Ronald A. Cass

Dean Céline Lévesque


Representatives of the Claimant(s)

Mr. Elliot J. Feldman

Mr. Michael S. Snarr

Mr. Paul M. Levine

Ms. María R. Coor



Mr. Martin J. Valasek

Ms. Jenna Anne de Jong



M. Jacques Vachon


Representatives of the Respondent(s)

Mr. Mark Luz

Mr. Rodney Neufeld

Ms. Jenna Wates
Ms. Michelle Hoffmann
Ms. Annie Ouellet 


Representatives of the Parties
Number of Arbitrators in case 3
Date of commencement of proceeding 30 December 2015
Date of issue of final award -
Length of Proceedings
Additional notes

Pursuant to Article A(2)(b) of the Notes of Interpretation of Certain Chapter 11 Provisions, adopted on 31 July 2001 by the States Parties to NAFTA, Canada, Mexico and the United States have agreed to make available to the public in a timely manner all documents submitted to, or issued by, a Chapter Eleven tribunal, subject to appropriate redactions. In PCA-administered arbitrations involving the Government of Canada, these documents are published on the PCA Case Repository.


Written submission
Claimant's Notice of Arbitration and Statement of Claim
Claimant's Notice of Intent
Respondent's Statement of Defence
Respondent's Request for Bifurcation
Claimant's Opposition to Respondent's Request for Bifurcation
Respondent's Memorial on Jurisdiction
Expert Opinion of Prof. Hausman (accompanying Claimant's Counter-Memorial on Jurisdiction)
Claimant's Counter-Memorial on Jurisdiction
Respondent's Reply Memorial on Jurisdiction
Claimant's Rejoinder Memorial on Jurisdiction
Mexico's Article 1128 Submissions on Jurisdiction
U.S.A.'s Article 1128 Submissions on Jurisdiction
Claimant's Comments on Article 1128 Submissions from U.S.A. and Mexico
Respondent's Comments on Article 1128 Submissions from U.S.A. and Mexico
Claimant's Memorial
Expert Witness Report of Prof. Hausman (accompanying Claimant's Memorial)
Expert Witness Report of Dr. Kaplan (accompanying Claimant's Memorial)
Procedural Order
Procedural Order No. 1
Procedural Order No. 2 - Document Production
Procedural Order No. 3 - Scheduling Issues
Procedural Order No. 4 - Decision on Bifurcation
Procedural Order No. 5 - Scheduling the Jurisdictional Phase
Procedural Order No. 6 - Decision on Amicus Application
Procedural Order No. 7 - Scheduling the Merits and Damages Phase
Procedural Order No. 8 - Revised Schedule for the Merits and Damages Phase
Procedural Order No. 9 - Document Production
Procedural Order No. 10 - Further Revised Schedule for the Merits and Damages
Award or other decision
Decision on Jurisdiction and Admissibility
Press Release
Notification to Non-Disputing Parties and potential Amici Curiae
Notification à l’attention de tierces parties et d’éventuels Amici Curiae
Press Release - Hearing on Jurisdiction and Admissibility
Communiqué de Presse - Audience sur la compétence et la recevabilité
Confidentiality Order
Link to Live Webcast of Jurisdictional Hearing (available only on August 15-16, 2017). For transcripts, see links below.
Transcript, Hearing on Jurisdiction and Admissibility, Day 1
Transcript, Hearing on Jurisdiction and Admissibility, Day 2

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