Joseph Chedrawe


Joseph Chedrawe is an accomplished disputes practitioner with experience in more than 30 countries across four continents, particularly in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. He has acted as counsel in more than 40 international engineering, construction, and commercial arbitrations under all of the major arbitral institutions and in ad-hoc proceedings. He is also regularly called upon to sit as an independent arbitrator, especially in relation to disputes in the Middle East.

Joseph represents multinational corporations, state entities, and private clients in large-scale, high-value disputes, with a focus on mega projects in the energy, infrastructure, industrial, and residential sectors. Prior to the Middle East, he practiced in Canada, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. Joseph is a qualified barrister and solicitor and a skilled advocate before courts and arbitral tribunals. Joseph also litigates cross-border disputes and appears before the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Courts.

He is recognized as a 2022 Global Leader in Arbitration by Who’s Who Legal who describes that “he always impresses with his exceptional legal mind and laser focus on developing the very best strategy for a winning case” and “when it comes to construction and engineering disputes, he is an absolute powerhouse.”


  • University of Oxford, M.Phil., 2010
  • University of Oxford, B.C.L., 2009
  • Dalhousie Law School, LL.B., 2005
  • Dalhousie University, B.A., 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Barrister and Solicitor, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Lawyer, Dubai Legal Affairs Department
  • Advocate, Dubai International Financial Centre Courts
  • Registered Foreign Lawyer, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Judicial Clerkship

  • Hon. Danièle Tremblay-Lamer, Federal Court of Canada


  • Who’s Who Legal, Arbitration
  • Global Leaders – Partners (2022)
  • Future Leaders – Partners (2021)
  • Future Leaders – Non-Partners (2018-2020

Memberships and Affiliations

  • Visiting Lecturer in International Arbitration, Schulich Law School at Dalhousie University
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chair, YConstruction (Young International Construction Practitioners)
  • Member, ICC UAE Arbitration Committee
  • Member, ICC Canada Arbitration Committee
  • Past Member, ICC Canada Arbitrator Nominations Committee
  • Past Member, Global Advisory Board, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Young & International Group
  • Past Member, Advisory Board, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners

Previous Experience

  • University of Oxford, Lecturer in Law
  • Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, Foreign Lawyer