Professor Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor/state arbitrator. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto, a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London, and has an office in Sydney.
Prior to his full-time practice as an arbitrator Doug had 40 years' experience as an international transactional and disputes projects lawyer.
The arbitrations in which he has been involved include infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions around the world. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, ACCL, CCCL, ICDR, KLRCA, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. He is strongly involved in arbitration across the Asia-Pacific region, having sat as an arbitrator in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Singapore to name a few.
Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and is highly ranked in a number of leading publications. In 2016, Chambers Asia-Pacific said that “he is regarded by many as ‘the leading construction arbitrator in the world’” and he maintained a Band One ranking in the international arbitration category. He was again recognised by Who's Who Legal as one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” and as a "Leading Junior" in the arbitration category, where he earned praise for his “calm manner” combined with a “pragmatic, sensible and very thorough” approach to cases. His earlier achievements include being named lawyer of the year for international arbitration in Sydney by Best Lawyers in 2015 and being named at the Global Arbitration Review Awards 2013 as joint runner-up for the Best Prepared and Most Responsive Arbitrator of the Year Award. His substantial contribution to, and leadership in, the Australian legal profession was recognised at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards, where he was honoured with the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award.
Doug has published and presented extensively, and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London and Melbourne University Law School. A powerful contributor to the knowledge base of international arbitration, he has recently spoken on topics as diverse as costs, the doctrine of penalties, and the powers and duties of arbitrators.
Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. At the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) he has served as the chair of the board of trustees and president (2011), as well as chair of CIArb's Centenary Celebrations, and in 2016 was made one of the four living Companions of the Institute. He is also the immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2014).
Doug is an Officer of the Order of Australia, having received the award in 2012 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List, for distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, to policy reform, and to national and international professional organisations. In 1999 he received the award of Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his services to construction law and dispute resolution.
WWL says: One respondent sums up market sentiment by commenting that Douglas Jones is "an incredibly efficient chairman who is well organised and extremely responsive, no matter where he is in the world.”
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