Torrens, Diana

Diana L. Torrens has returned to Canada after over 20 years of living and working in Europe, including with the Court of Justice of the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Court. She has had an interest in and been involved in maritime law cases since the early 1990s, when she spent two years at the University of Oslo, including an exchange year at the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law (completed in Norwegian), where her specialist topic was marine insurance. Her studies, travels and work assignments have entailed exposure to numerous legal systems and languages, and she currently runs a boutique legal translation firm from BC, translating pleadings, judgments, arbitration awards, etc., from French, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish into English for courts and international law firms in various countries. She takes a multilingual and multijuridical approach to dispute resolution.

Tel: 604 989 5359


Citizenships: Canada, United Kingdom, Luxembourg

Professional affiliations:

Arbitrating Member, Vancouver Maritime Arbitration Association

Member, Canadian Maritime Law Association

Solicitor, England and Wales, called September 2000

Barrister and Solicitor, Nova Scotia, Canada, called September 1994

Former Board Member, Association of International Professional and Business Women, Oslo

Société des traducteurs du Québec, passed certification exam January 1987


1. LLM in European Judicial Studies (completed in English and French), 1999, European Institute of Public Administration, Luxembourg

2. National Program, dual degree LL.B./BCL (Common Law and civil law completed in English and French), 1988-1993, McGill University, Montreal

3. One-year term of study, 1992-1993 (in Norwegian), Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law, Faculty of Law, Oslo, Norway, credited to McGill degrees.

4. Baccalauréat en traduction (in French), 1984, Université de Moncton, Moncton, New Brunswick

Volunteer work/community :

1. Royal Canadian Marine – Search and Rescue  (RCM-SAR), Squadron 61 Pender Harbour, British Columbia, Crew volunteer

2. Volunteer at three Winter Olympic Games (1994 Lillehammer, 2006 Torino, 2010 Vancouver)

3. International Bazaar (major annual fund-raiser for charities), Luxembourg, Committee member and volunteer

4. Canadian Club of Luxembourg, Board member and volunteer

5. Relay for Life (cancer awareness- and fund-raiser) Team Canada organiser, Luxembourg

6. Swim coach with youth clubs