Christina Doria assists corporations and states with complex commercial litigation, and domestic and international arbitration matters. She is ranked by Who's Who Legal (“WWL”) Canada - Arbitration 2020 as a national leader, and by WWL Arbitration 2020 and 2021 as a Future Leader who has “extraordinarily strong counsel skills and an excellent command of international arbitration practice”. She is also recognized by The Legal 500 as a rising star for dispute resolution, and by the 2019 and 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a Leading Lawyer, Commercial Arbitration.
Christina advises clients in contractual disputes and in investor-state disputes in energy, mining, infrastructure and transportation industries. She has appeared before all levels of Ontario court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, the Manitoba Court of Queen's Bench and before domestic and international arbitral tribunals. She has acted on commercial arbitrations under UNCITRAL, AAA/ICDR, ADRIC, BCICAC, ADR Chambers and CPR rules, as well as on investor-state arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL and NAFTA.
Christina is an arbitrator on the Expedited Arbitration Roster for International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Canada, and has sat as an arbitrator under the ICDR Rules.
As the recipient of an international clerkship award, she began her career in Baker McKenzie's New York office before returning to Toronto.
Christina contributes to the both the global and local arbitration bar: she is on the ICDR International Advisory Committee (subcommittee for ICDR Publications and Education), served as the VP of Education and Events for Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP) from 2018-2020, was an executive board member of the ICDR, Young and International (ICDR Y&I) from 2016-2019, and previously served a three-year term on the ICDR Y&I Global Advisory Board; she is a North American Regional Representative for the LCIA's Young International Arbitration Group (YIAG); and was a founding steering committee member of the Firm's International Arbitration Associates Forum.
Committed to improving gender diversity in law, Christina sits on the Firm's Women in Arbitration steering committee.
Christina holds an LL.M. in international law, and frequently writes and speaks on cross-border litigation and arbitration matters.
She served on Baker McKenzie's Pro Bono Committee from 2013 to 2016.
Christina acts for clients on contractual disputes, investor-state disputes, matters involving fraud, jurisdictional disputes, banking matters, shareholder disputes, commercial class actions and economic torts.
She is experienced in energy, mining and infrastructure cases, including in the transportation industry. She is also experienced in securities cases.
Representative Legal Matters
Prevailed on an international arbitration between two publicly traded companies, concerning a biotech licensing dispute, under the Canadian Arbitration Association Rules.
Protected CAD 200 million of Canadian assets of a Central Asian mining company from four separate international arbitration awards and related freezing orders against its government shareholder in Ontario.
Obtained a worldwide Mareva injunction in British Columbia, freezing nearly CAD 10 million in state-owned assets to enforce an international arbitral award held by an India-based mining company.
Defeated a CAD 65 million breach of contract and product liability claim in an UNCITRAL arbitration against a major aerospace company.
Enforced an ICC award in Ontario, held by foreign oil and gas company against a sovereign state.
Won a CAD 10.3 million judgment in a fraud trial in Ontario for an international bank.
Prevailed in a securities class action for CAD 7 billion in Ontario for a foreign valuation company.
Defended a European Government in an investor state arbitration under ICSID, involving allegations of expropriation and breach of FET, related to tax legislation.
Successfully defended a Central Asian mining company in three international arbitrations brought by a Canadian mining company, under UNCITRAL at the Hague Permanent Court of Arbitration.
Prevailed in an UNCITRAL arbitration relating to operational rights of a railway company under a contract.
Professional Associations and Memberships
- International Centre for Dispute Resolution - Young & International (ICDR Y&I) - Executive Board Member (2016 to 2019), Global Advisory Board Member (2013-2016)
- Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners - Board Member (2017 to 2019); Executive Committee, VP of Education and Events (2019-2020)
- Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Vienna, Austria - Arbitrator (2012, 2013 and 2015)
- Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot, Friendly Round, Toronto, Ontario - Arbitrator (2011, 2013 and 2014)
- CAPE Scholarship - Volunteer / Toronto Fundraising Committee and Board Member (2010-2013)
- Law Society of Ontario
- The Advocates' Society
- Ontario Bar Association - Civil Litigation Section
- Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS)
- Member of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee
- Ontario~Canada (2011)
- University of Ottawa (J.D.) (2010)
- Erasmus University Rotterdam (LL.M. International Law) (2004)
- University of Utrecht (B.A. Honours) (2002)
- Neuchâtel Junior College (O.A.C.)
- Moderator, "Ask an Arbitrator: Halliburton v. Chubb," Arbitration Place Virtual, December 2020
- Speaker, "Is the Future made of Virtual Insanity?" Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP) Symposium with ICC YAF, Canada Arbitration Week Virtual, September 2020
- Speaker, "Managing Risk and Disputes in the 'new normal'," CPR International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR Canada), Canada Arbitration Week Virtual, September 2020
- Speaker, "Open for Business - International Arbitration in the Covid Era and Beyond," Baker McKenzie webinar series, April 2020
- Co-lecturer, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Gold Standard Course, Session 8, Jurisdiction of the Tribunal and Motions to Stay, Toronto, January 2020