OBA Award of Excellence in International Law

About the Award

The Award for Excellence in International Law recognizes any single or combination of the following outstanding achievements and contributions with respect to the practice of international law in Ontario by the Award recipient:

  • Leadership in the bar or the government or the Law Society of Upper Canada or OBA in relation to international law issues, legislation and practice;
  • Proven skills and expertise in the provision of legal services, including written and oral advocacy, legal advice, negotiation skills, and alternative dispute resolution;
  • Characteristically exhibits the highest degrees of professionalism, integrity and civility;
  • Significant contributions in the area of legal education or professional development;
  • Contribution to the community through pro bono activities, or other projects or initiatives;
  • Leadership in the international law bar through the sharing of knowledge, experience, skill, commitment, and by acting as a role model and mentor to new members of the profession and to his or her peers; and/ or
  • Enhancing the practice of international law in the Province of Ontario.


Any individual not including current International Law Section Executive Members, the immediate Past Chair of the Section or a member of the OBA Board of directors. The nominee must be an OBA member in good standing.

The international law practices of the Section's members are wide and varied, including, but not limited to: public international law; private international law; international commercial transactions, franchising and distribution; cross-border litigation; international dispute resolution such as mediation, commercial or treaty arbitration; international competition law; cross-border insolvency; international trade and customs law. Accordingly, the practice of international law by a nominee need not be exclusively tied to a rigid definition of the field, but should reflect the achievements and contributions of the nominee within part of the field of international law as practiced in Ontario.


The award is presented at the Annual meeting of the Section held in the month of June (or as otherwise decided by the Executive Committee). Only one award is presented annually.

Selection Process

The Award recipient is selected by the Executive Committee of the International Law Section, which is assisted in its deliberations by a Nomination Committee comprised of the Chair, Vice-Chair and the immediate past Chair of the section who is currently a member of the section.

Nominations shall be solicited through the members of the International Law Section, for example, by way of notice in The Globetrotter, the newsletter of the section, and the Section webpage. The Nomination Committee will review the nominations and make a recommendation to the Section Executive Committee. The final decision shall be made by a majority vote of the Executive Committee at a regular meeting of the Section Executive or at a special meeting of the Executive Committee called for the purpose.


A plaque (or other suitable item as determined by the Executive Committee) is presented to the Award recipient.

Additional Information

Cindy Ng
Senior Sections/PD Coordinator
(800) 668-8900 or (416) 869-1047 ext. 407

Past Recipients

2017 Award Recipient

The OBA International Law Section is pleased to announce that the 2017 OBA Award of Excellence in International Law will be presented to:

Matthew KronbyMatthew Kronby

Bennet Jones LLP

Mr. Kronby will be honoured at a dinner reception on Tuesday, June 27th at Twenty Toronto Street Conferences and Events (200-20 Toronto Street, Toronto ON). Further details


Past recipient winners of the OBA Award of Excellence in International Law include:

  • 2017 - Matthew Kronby
  • 2016 - Elo Tulving-Blais
  • 2015 - H. Scott Fairley
  • 2014 - Dr. Francois Larocque
  • 2013 - Michael Woods, Ottawa
  • 2012 - James Klotz
  • 2011 - J. Michael Robinson, Q.C.
  • 2010 - Meg Kinnear
  • 2009 - Jon Johnson
  • 2008 - The Honourable William C. Graham, P.C., Q.C.