Gib van Ert practices civil, commercial and public law litigation in Ottawa and Vancouver. He has a broad range of counsel experience including trials, appeals, arbitrations, judicial reviews, motions and opinion work.
Gib spent his first ten years in practice at a nationally-recognized litigation boutique in Vancouver. From August 2015 to August 2018, Gib served as Executive Legal Officer to two successive chief justices of Canada, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, P.C. and the Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner, P.C. The ELO is the Chief Justice’s principal advisor in matters concerning the Supreme Court of Canada, the Canadian Judicial Council and the National Judicial Institute. Gib then continued his practice with a national firm before forming Gib van Ert Law.
Gib is a well-known authority on the reception of public international legal norms in Canadian law. His main work on this topic, Using International Law in Canadian Courts, has been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada and other courts.
Gib is a former law clerk to Madam Justice Jo-Ann Prowse of the Court of Appeal for British Columbia and Justices Charles Gonthier and Morris Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada.