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Joseph Chedrawe

Joseph Chedrawe Counsel, International Dispute Resolution & Arbitration

Joseph is an experienced arbitration practitioner. He has acted as counsel in more than 20 international construction and commercial arbitrations under many of the major arbitral institutions and in ad-hoc proceedings as well as in cross-border litigation. He also has experience in investigations.

Joseph has represented multinational corporations, governments, and private clients across multiple sectors, with a focus on construction and engineering, as well as commercial, disputes.

His particular experience includes disputes relating to government service contracts, power and water facilities, public-private partnerships, housing developments, telecommunications, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, water-storage facilities, and oil and gas production.

Joseph appears regularly as an advocate in litigation and arbitration proceedings. He is an advocate of the Dubai International Financial Centre courts and has sat as a party-appointed and sole arbitrator under the ICC, DIFC-LCIA, and DIAC.

Experience Highlights

  • Advising a European contractor in litigation and arbitration regarding waste-to-energy facilities in Europe
  • Advising a global contractor in an ICC arbitration regarding a major infrastructure project in Saudi Arabia
  • Advising a UAE contractor in an arbitration regarding a major housing project in Dubai 
  • Advising a Hong Kong based company in a SIAC arbitration regarding an agreement in relation to one of the largest UAE energy projects
  • Advising a Japanese and South Korean engineering and construction consortium in an arbitration regarding the engineering and construction of a multibillion dollar fertiliser complex in North Africa
  • Advising a Gulf Cooperation Council government entity in two expert determinations and an arbitration regarding the construction and ongoing operations of a multibillion dollar independent water and power plant
  • Advising a Gulf Cooperation Council government entity in an arbitration regarding the termination of a waste management contract
  • Advising a consortium of South Korean contractors in an arbitration relating to the construction of a high-value coal-fired power plant in Africa
  • Advising a South Korean engineering and construction company in an arbitration regarding the construction of the world's largest strategic water storage and recovery system in the Gulf Cooperation Council area
  • Advising a Middle Eastern telecommunications company in a matter before Saudi Arabian regulatory authorities
  • Advising a Gulf Cooperation Council government entity in an adjudication relating to the construction of a major housing project
  • Advising a Saudi Arabian metals company in a dispute regarding a high-value aluminium-rolling facility in Saudi Arabia
  • Advising an oil and gas joint venture in a dispute over the assignment of a production-sharing agreement
  • Advising a Bahraini company in an arbitration regarding the performance of a dredging contract
  • Advising a UAE developer in a dispute regarding the construction of two hotels in Dubai
  • Advising a Canadian telecommunications company in a dispute with an American signal provider
  • Advising a Canadian energy company in a cross-border litigation regarding the construction of an oil platform

Contact Details


T +971.4.403.6205
F +971.4.330.1300
Gate Village 10, Office 211
P.O. Box 504945
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Local time: 3:11 PM
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Joseph's Practices

  • University of Oxford, UK (master of philosophy in law, 2010) 
  • University of Oxford, UK (bachelor of civil law, 2009)
  • Dalhousie Law School, Canada (bachelor of laws, 2005)
  • Dalhousie University, Canada (bachelor of arts, 2002)
  • Admitted to practice: Nova Scotia, Canada (Barrister and Solicitor); Dubai International Financial Centre (Advocate)
  • Other languages: French (fluent); Arabic (fluent)

In 2005, Joseph was selected as a law clerk for the Honourable Justice Daniele Tremblay-Lamer at the Federal Court of Canada. He then practiced in Canada before working in the United Kingdom as a lecturer in law at the University of Oxford, and as a foreign lawyer with the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has practiced in Dubai since 2012. 

His country experience includes: Algeria, Bahrain, Canada, Egypt, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, the United States, Yemen, and Zambia. 

  • Who's Who Legal (Law Business Research Ltd.); Future Leaders – Non-Partners (UAE), 2019
  • Advisory Board of the Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners
  • Global Advisory Board, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, Young & International group
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Society for Construction Law
  • Member, International Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, ICC Canada Arbitration Committee
  • Visiting Lecturer in International Arbitration, Schulich Law School at Dalhousie University 
  • Founder and Co-Chair, YConstruction (Young International Construction Practitioners)