Jean-Christophe Martel

Senior Associate
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Jean-Christophe Martel

Jean-Christophe Martel



Jean-Christophe Martel is a senior associate in our litigation group. A member of the Quebec and New York bars, his practice mainly focuses on international investment and commercial arbitration. Jean-Christophe advises and represents clients before a number of arbitration bodies (including the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the International Court of Arbitration, and the London Court of International Arbitration) in large files involving the commodities, high-tech, energy and pharmaceutical industry sectors. In addition to arbitration, Jean-Christophe has also appeared before the civil courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Among other things, he has been asked to represent the interests of clients on constitutional and administrative matters, particularly in supply management, expropriation, taxation and disciplinary law.

Jean-Christophe's career began at the Supreme Court of Canada where, from 2011 to 2012, he served as law clerk for the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada. He subsequently worked at one of the oldest law firms on Wall Street, in New York, until 2017, where he handled international arbitration and commercial litigation cases, including several multi-billion-dollar files resulting from the 2008 financial crisis. He also acted, pro bono, before the New York courts on behalf of disadvantaged tenants in Harlem.

Having achieved the highest standing in his cohort at University of Ottawa (Brian Dickson Prize), Jean-Christophe is the only Canadian to have been awarded full scholarships to the University of Oxford and Harvard University, namely, the Rhodes Scholarship and the Knox Fellowship, respectively. Interested in both constitutional law and international commercial law, he also won the Laskin Moot Court competition in 2009 (best team in the constitutional law national competition) and the Addison Brown Prize in 2013 (best research thesis at Harvard University in commercial law).

Professional experience

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LL.M., Harvard University, 2013
M.Jur., University of Oxford, 2011, Distinction
J.D., University of Ottawa, 2010, Summa cum laude
LL.L., University of Ottawa, 2009, Summa cum laude

Jean-Christophe recently represented the following clients:

  • Resolute FP Canada Inc., in its claim against the Government of Canada under NAFTA, in relation to the relief measures carried out by Nova Scotia to a competitor, in connection with arbitration before the Permanent Court of Arbitration
  • CDPQ Infra Inc. (subsidiary of Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, in charge of infrastructure projects), in a dispute before the Superior Court and Quebec Court of Appeal concerning the constitutionality of the expropriation procedure and the regime applicable to transport dues adopted for the implementation of the Réseau express métropolitain
  • A national poultry producer, in connection with the administrative review of the chicken quota allocation regime adopted by a provincial authority
  • A Canadian multinational company specialized in aircraft construction, in connection with the arbitration of a dispute related to developing a business aircraft program, under the aegis of the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules
  • A Canadian multinational engineering and construction firm, in connection with the arbitration of a dispute concerning the execution of a project involving expansion, upgrading and construction of one of Canada's largest teaching hospital centres
  • The Canadian Bar Association, as an intervenor before the Supreme Court of Canada, with the appeal in Groia v. Law Society of Upper Canada focusing on disciplinary and constitutional matters related to lawyers' duty of civility
  • The Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (Manulife), in various disputes involving commercial tenants related to contractual and regulatory issues, particularly regarding an injunction before the Quebec Superior Court

During his studies, Mr. Martel received a number of awards and scholarships, including the following distinctions:

  • Knox Fellowship (full scholarship to Harvard University awarded to three Canadians)
  • Addison Brown Prize (best commercial law essay at Harvard Law School)
  • Rhodes Scholarship (full scholarship to Oxford University awarded to 10 Canadians)
  • Brian Dickson Prize (highest standing in his LL.L. and J.D. cohort, University of Ottawa)
  • Laskin Moot Court (first place in the Bora Laskin competition in constitutional law).
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Young Bar Association of Montreal
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Canadian Association of Rhodes Scholars (secretary and member)
  • Bach-Académie de Montréal (secretary and member of the board of directors)
  • Anglican Parish of St. John the Evangelist Council