Geoffrey C. Kubrick
Geoffrey Kubrick is a partner in the International Trade Law Group in the firm's Ottawa office. He joined the firm in 2005 .
Geoff is one of Canada's leading practitioners in the field of international trade law, and has appeared in more than seventy trade-related cases before the Canadian courts and tribunals. Combining his economic and legal experience in the area of international trade, particularly in anti-dumping and countervail investigations, Geoff undertakes detailed analysis of source data, prosecutes appeals against decisions of the Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA"), and provides related opinions and submissions. Before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal ("CITT"), he has frequently represented both foreign exporters/ importers and Canadian producers in customs appeals, injury inquiries and reviews. He has also been involved in a number of leading trade cases in litigation before the Federal Court of Canada and Supreme Court of Canada.
Geoff has frequently appeared as counsel before NAFTA Binational Dispute Resolution Panels, as well as panels under the earlier Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement . He acted as assistant to the NAFTA Binational Dispute Resolution Panel in one of the first cases heard in the United States under the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. In addition, he advises clients on provisions of the WTO and NAFTA.
In commercial law, he has been involved in the drafting and negotiation of international technology licensing agreements, for products as diverse as radio-isotopes and computer software, and he advises clients regularly in other matters pertaining to corporate law.
Geoff has acted as a Consultant for the Consumers Association of Canada. He advised on economic issues during negotiation of the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement. He has also acted as an Economist for Statistics Canada, focusing on data collection and analysis and the development of computer systems.
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2013 as a leader in International Trade and Finance Law
- Recognized in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Business Lawyers 2013, as a leader in the practice area of International Trade/WTO
- Listed in Who's Who Legal Canada 2012, as a leader in Trade and Customs Law
- Named by Lexpert/ American Lawyer in 2011 Guide to the Top 500 Lawyers in Canada
- Received a "BV" Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
- Listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2010, 2011 and 2012 as a leading practitioner in International Trade Regulation
- Included in The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading International Trade Lawyers
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- County of Carleton Law Association
Geoffrey Kubrick is a Guest Lecturer at the University of Ottawa (Faculty of Law, Common Law Section). He lectures on Studies in International Law: International Trade Remedies.
Geoffrey Kubrick has been the lead on the following cases:
CITT renews injury finding on Bicycles from China and Chinese Taipei – represented Raleigh Canada Limited in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal review inquiry. The finding will extend trade remedy protection for Canadian producers against unfairly-priced imports of bicycles from China and Chinese Taipei (December 2012)
CITT finds injury caused by dumped and subsidized pup joints from China – represented Alberta Oil Tool in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal injury inquiry. The finding will result in anti-dumping and anti-subsidy protection against imports of Chinese pup joints (April 2012)
CITT renews injury finding on Hot-Rolled Steel Sheet – represented U.S. Steel Canada in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal review inquiry. The finding will extend trade remedy protection for Canadian producers against unfairly-priced imports of hot-rolled steel sheet from China, Brazil, Taiwan, India and Ukraine (August 2011)
Federal Court of Appeal upholds decision of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal ("CITT") - represented successful respondent The Court confirmed the validity of the causation analysis employed by the CITT in finding that dumping was a cause of material injury to Canadian production of mattress innerspring units. (October 2010)
CITT finds injury caused by Dutch greenhouse bell peppers – represented the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) injury inquiry. The finding will require price floors for greenhouse bell peppers imported from the Netherlands for up to five years. (October 2010)
- CITT finds no injury caused by imports of American polyiso insulation board – represented the American producer Johns Manville International in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) injury inquiry. The CITT found that imports of American polyiso insulation board were not causing, and did not threaten to cause, injury to production in Canada of like goods. (May 2010)
- CITT finds injury caused by Chinese oil country tubular goods – represented the complainants TenarisAlgomaTubes and TenarisPrudential Steel in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) injury inquiry – the CITT finding extends anti-dumping and anti-subsidy protection against a wide range of oil country tubular goods (OCTG) imported from China. The CITT ruled that unfairly priced Chinese OCTG caused injury to Canadian producers including TenarisPrudential Steel, ArcelorMital and Lakeside Steel. (March 2010)
- CITT finds injury threatened by Chinese mattress innerspring units – represented the complainant Globe Spring & Cushion Company in the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) injury inquiry. The CITT finding means that importers of dumped Chinese mattress innerspring units will not have access to unfair pricing from China for at least 5 years. Mattress innerspring units are used in the production of mattresses by over 100manufacturers in the Canadian market. The CITT ruled that unfairly priced Chinese mattress innerspring units threatened to cause injury to production in Canada, including by Globe Spring & Cushion Company and Simmons Canada Inc. (November 2009)
- Federal Court of Appeal upholds decision of the Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA") - represented successful respondent The Court upheld the discretion accorded to the CBSA in determining whether a Chinese industry is operating under free market principles. (May 2009)
- CITT finds injury caused by Chinese aluminum extrusions – represented an American vendor of electronic products, and obtained an exclusion from the Canadian International Trade Tribunal (CITT) finding for goods sold by our client. The exclusion means that certain electronic products sold by our client that may contain Chinese inputs will not be subject to the CITT injury finding. (March 2009)
- Federal Court of Appeal upholds decision of the Canada Border Services Agency ("CBSA") - represented successful respondent The Court ruled that the CBSA had the authority to offset undumped goods against the amount of dumping found for individual exporters. (December 2006)
Geoff has undertaken numerous significant representations in the areas of international trade prior to joining the firm, including the following:
publications and presentations
- Advised the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in the high-profile issue of bulk removal and export of water, the related legislation, and its implications under international trade rules
- Successfully initiated first China Safeguard (Market Disruption) Inquiry in Canada
- Acted as assistant to the Binational Dispute Resolution Panel in one of the first cases heard in the United States under the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement
- Negotiated and drafted international technology licensing agreements for products as diverse as radio-isotopes and computer software