Prof Janet Walker > Atkin Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Atkin Chambers
1, Atkin Building, Gray's Inn


Professor Janet Walker is a leading international commercial arbitrator based in London, Toronto, and Sydney.

Recipient of the CIArb Canada Award for Distinguished Service to Arbitration in 2018, she has been recognised regularly in the legal directories for her skill as an arbitrator since 2010, including in Who’s Who Legal and Chambers & Partners.

She is founding co-chair of CanArbWeek and she was a member of the ICCA2018 Sydney executive organising committee. She is chair of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee, and a member of the boards of CIArb Canada and the International Construction Law Association. Janet is a founding editor of the Canadian Journal of Commercial Arbitration and she authors the main private international law text in Canada, the most cited private law work in the Canadian courts. For more than 20 years, she served as consulting and testifying expert on questions of judicial jurisdiction, the enforcement of judgments and applicable law in cross-border litigation.




  • ICC Canada Arbitration Committee Chair ICC Commission Member
  • CanArbWeek Co-Chair
  • Osgoode Hall Law School Distinguished Research Professor
  • International Association of Procedural Law Hon Secretary General
  • CIArb Canada Executive Board Member
  • Max Planck Institute Luxembourg Scientific Advisory Board Member
  • International Construction Law Association Board Member


  • Arbitralwomen
  • Asociación Latinoamericano Arbitraje
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • International Construction Law Association
  • ICC Commission
  • Juris Roster
  • Society of Construction Law North America
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (formerly Arb Roundtable of Toronto)
  • Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Arbitrator (former coach)
  • Worshipful Company of Arbitrators, Freeman of the City of London


Janet has a good working knowledge of Spanish and French.


2017         CIArb Chartered Arbitrator

2015         Legal Consultant, New York State Bar

2002         DPhil, Oxford University (Law) (MA, 2010)

1998         Bar of Ontario, Law Society of Upper Canada

1993         JD, Osgoode Hall Law School

1982         MA, York University

1979         BA (Hons), York University