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Queen's University


Joshua Karton

Assistant Professor
B.A. (Yale), J.D. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Cambridge)

Faculty of Law,
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario
K7L 3N6
tel: (613) 533-6000, ext. 79062
fax: (613) 533-6509
e-mail: joshua.karton [at]


Curriculum Vitae


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Joshua Karton teaches and writes about international arbitration, comparative and international contract law, uniform law, globalization and law, linguistic issues in law, and sociological analysis of law. His writing explores what happens when private actors from different backgrounds—legal, cultural, and linguistic—meet in the international legal arena.

Professor Karton has taught at Queen's since 2009. In 2013, he was a visiting professor at the National Taiwan University and at Wuhan University (China). He holds a BA in International Relations and Humanities from Yale (2001), a JD from Columbia Law School (2005), and a PhD in International Law from Cambridge (2011), where his doctoral studies were supervised by Professor James Crawford and Ms. Louise Merrett. Before embarking on an academic career, he worked as an associate in the New York and Hong Kong offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

Professor Karton is the author of The Culture of International Arbitration and the Evolution of Contract Law, published in 2013 by Oxford University Press. He won the Queen's Law Students' Society's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2012 and International and Comparative Law Quarterly's Young Scholar Prize in 2009. In 2013, he was awarded a $55,000 grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to study the international arbitrator's duty to apply the law.


Teaching Subjects

  • Contracts
  • Commercial Law
  • Conflict of Laws
  • International Commercial Arbitration


Representative Publications

The Culture of International Arbitration and the Evolution of Contract Law (Oxford University Press 2013) 312 pp.

"International Arbitration Culture and Global Governance" in Walter Mattli and Thomas Dietz, eds, International Arbitration and Global Governance: Contending Theories and Evidence (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2014)

"Canadian Courts and Uniform Interpretation: An Empirical Reality Check" (with Samantha Wynne) (2013) 18 Uniform Law Review 1

A Conflict of Interests: Seeking a Way Forward on Publication of International Arbitral Awards” (2012) 28(3) Arbitration International 447

International Commercial Arbitrators’ Approaches to Contractual Interpretation” [2012] 4, International Business Law Journal / Revue de Droit des Affaires Internationales 383

"Contract Law in International Arbitration: the Case of Suspension of Performance" (2009) 58(4) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 863.

"Has the CISG Advisory Council Come of Age?" (with Lorraine de Germiny) (2009) 27 Berkeley Journal of International Law 448.

"Lost in Translation: International Criminal Courts and the Legal Implications of Interpreted Testimony" (2008) 41 Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law 1.


Works in Progress

“International Uniform Law in Canadian Courts” (working draft)

“Recognizing a Contractual Right to Suspend Performance” (working draft)

“Contractual Governance and Fragmentation of International Commercial Law” (working draft)

“The International Arbitrator’s Duties to Apply the Law” (various drafts)

“How Should International Arbitrators Interpret Contracts?” (early stages)

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000