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Douglas Jones AO

Douglas Jones AO

Independent ArbitratorLevel 15, 1 Bligh StreetSydneyAustraliaNSW 2000

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

Questions & Answers

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years’ experience. 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. In 2016, Doug was made one of four Companions of the CIArb. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012.

What attracted you to a career in arbitration?

One particular factor that drew me to international arbitration was the unique opportunity it presented to engage with different legal systems and cultures. In a similar vein, the arbitration community is a legal and business community unlike any other, deriving from a myriad of different backgrounds. Being an arbitrator presents many intellectual and interpersonal challenges, making it a very rewarding pursuit.

You have over 40 years’ experience in dispute resolution. How has the practice changed over time?

I have witnessed many changes to the dispute resolution landscape over my career. However, in recent years it has become clear that increasing global trade has led to a greater number of complex cross-border disputes. These international disputes can involve multiple parties and prolonged commercial relationships requiring a nuanced commercial and legal approach. This will no doubt continue to drive changes in dispute resolution over the coming years.

One of the advantages of arbitration is that parties are able to select their own decision-maker. What do clients look for in an effective panel or sole arbitrator?

Clients will often have their different criteria in selecting an arbitrator but there are several qualities that are almost universally considered to be essential. It goes without saying that the arbitrator must be impartial. Indeed, clients are also seeking someone who is well prepared, responsive and has a deep understanding of the commercial interests of the parties and the arbitral procedure that can best serve those interests. Industry-related specialisation is also often valued and will regularly be essential to provide a sophisticated resolution in international commercial matters.

Market commentators have raised concerns over the increasing number of cases being held privately. What is the impact of this, and to what extent do you share these concerns?

Confidentiality is considered by many to be a hallmark of international commercial arbitration. Despite this, in recent years there has developed debate regarding confidentiality and a strong (and successful) push towards transparency in investor-state arbitration. Some of these issues resonate in the similar, but distinct, field of international commercial arbitration. I have previously noted that greater transparency would assist in the development of law, arbitrator accountability and may be necessary to appropriately ventilate issues concerning the public interest. Yet it must be remembered that confidentiality and transparency are not two distinct concepts, but rather sit on a spectrum. Therefore for me, there must be a balance between protecting the commercial attractiveness of arbitration while facilitating the openness necessary to ensure its ongoing legitimacy.

As an arbitrator, how do you balance counsel’s desire to explore all avenues to secure a win for their client with the need to ensure swift and efficient proceedings?

Achieving a balance between the need for a swift and cost-effective outcome, and the need to ensure that all parties have the opportunity to adequately present their cases, is a challenge. A step too far in either direction can undermine the benefits of arbitration and damage the parties’ confidence in the procedure. Arbitrators should allow appropriate ventilation of each party’s case but also develop proactive case management techniques to encourage counsel to focus on the wood rather than the trees.

What does the future hold for international arbitration? Do you expect its popularity as a means of dispute resolution to continue?

The future for international arbitration is bright. However, its continued success is dependent upon its ability to adapt and innovate in the quest for continuous improvement. With a particular focus on limiting cost and delay, meeting new market demands and further improving enforceability, arbitration will likely continue to flourish as the primary form of international dispute resolution.

What advice would you give to someone looking to practice independently?

I would advise that they develop their knowledge across a breadth of areas and that they seize on every opportunity that presents itself. Engage with others in the arbitration and dispute resolution community, and seek mentors to offer opportunities to grow intellectually and professionally.

Looking back over your career, what do you consider to be your greatest achievement to date?

The mentoring and education of young aspiring practitioners, many of whom have now entered the senior ranks of the profession.

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Questions & Answers

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. His matters include infrastructure, energy, commodities, commercial and joint ventures, and investor-state disputes spanning more than 30 jurisdictions around the world. He has extensive experience as an arbitrator under ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, KLRCA, SIAC, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes valued at billions of US dollars.

WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT WORKING IN SUCH A GLOBAL PRACTICE AREA?

Working in such a global, interconnected practice area has allowed me to experience a wide range of diverse legal systems and cultures. Each matter offers new, eye-opening experiences and I am grateful to be constantly learning and broadening my professional development. The international arbitration community is a melting pot of backgrounds and cultures, and learning from those around me has been enormously fulfilling.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO PURSUE A LEGAL CAREER?

I was inspired to pursue a legal career for the intellectual stimulation and challenge. I found this right from commencement of my legal studies. It is rewarding to work in a field where every day I am presented with new and interesting issues to resolve. As an arbitrator, I find that successfully creating an efficient and streamlined process and devising effective case management techniques, bespoke to each matter, is immensely rewarding.

HOW HAS THE ARBITRATION COMMUNITY CHANGED SINCE YOU BEGAN PRACTISING?

It has been encouraging to witness the diversification of the arbitration community. The growing number of arbitrators from Australia and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific is a favourable indication that the tyranny of distance is being overcome. Likewise, the more general cultural diversity as a result of the globalisation of arbitration has also been positive to note. Of course, there is much work to be done in furthering gender and cultural diversity, but the progress within the arbitration community thus far has been promising.

IN YOUR OPINION, WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE BELT AND ROAD INITIATIVE (BRI) FOR INFRASTRUCTURE DISPUTES?

It is likely that the unprecedented number and scale of infrastructure developments proposed within the BRI will generate numerous commercial and investor-state challenges. The establishment of the International Commercial Dispute Prevention and Settlement Organization at the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation indicates the initiative’s support for international dispute resolution. The challenge for existing arbitral institutions will be to manage and adapt to these potential large-scale issues, particularly where this can allow institutions to reconsider their ways of resolving complex, multiparty and international disputes.

WHAT DO YOU SEE AS CHALLENGES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARBITRATION IN COMING YEARS?

The ever-developing nature of arbitration certainly presents challenges for practitioners and institutions alike. There has been massive growth in arbitration in Asia, commensurate with the region’s economic activity. Such new market demands must continue to be recognised and accommodated. In addition, we must keep up with the rapid pace of technological development where it can aid case management practices, for example, in document management and electronic discovery. Finally, parties are now able to choose between a range of other forms of dispute resolution, such as expert determination and mediation. This should also serve as motivation for arbitration to continually adapt and innovate to remain as the primary form of international dispute resolution.

WHAT BARRIERS DID YOU FACE WHEN SETTING UP YOUR OWN PRACTICE?

Transitioning from legal counsel to arbitrator was not without its challenges. My arbitration practice operates very differently from my previous work within a large commercial firm. The global nature of my practice has necessitated some changes to my routine. The nomadic lifestyle I now lead is, however, part and parcel of the adventure of being an international arbitrator!

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN ARBITRATION?

Seize every opportunity that presents itself. An open mind and a desire to learn widely are key to professional and intellectual development. Cultivate knowledge across a breadth of areas and engage with others in the arbitration community.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT TO DATE?

Being reappointed as an arbitrator by counsel to parties unsuccessful in previous matters.

WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

Questions & Answers

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years’ prior experience as an international transactional and disputes projects lawyer. Doug has advised extensively on major projects in the areas of project structuring and financing, telecommunications, buildings, transport infrastructure, power, potable and wastewater, mining infrastructure and processing, and on offshore oil and gas. He has significant experience in PPP and PFI projects, and has advised on projects globally.

What do you enjoy most about working in the construction industry?

I have been privileged to be engaged with many critical infrastructure projects over my 40-year career in construction. Working closely with others in pursuit of a common goal in the delivery of these projects has been a source of motivation and satisfaction. Seeing the ongoing use and value of many of the projects which I have been involved with has also been immensely rewarding.

In recent years, in my role as an international arbitrator, I have also enjoyed the intellectual challenges posed by construction disputes. Devising ways to assist parties to fairly identify the key issues, and streamline the process, is a key role of a tribunal and critically important in construction disputes, which are often notorious for their complexity.

What challenges are unique to dispute resolution in the sector?

Construction disputes have many challenging and unique features. This largely stems from the fact that they are often factually and legally intensive, raising a multitude of discrete issues. This results in the presentation of an extensive amount of evidence, a problem which has only been exacerbated in paperless environments.

Thus, construction disputes are well known for their immense volume of documentation, and can also be highly technical, necessitating extensive expert evidence on a variety of technical issues beyond issues of delay and quantum. This means disputes are intellectually challenging but also present unique opportunities to manage evidence to achieve efficient and fair outcomes.

What has been the most memorable case you have worked on over the course of your career so far?

The Taiwan High Speed Rail Project (valued at US$18 billion), now a great commercial success, where I led a team of lawyers acting for the concession company who were resident in Taipei for a number of years. The resolution of disputes during the project, with none remaining at its conclusion, was an outcome of which I am proud.

To what extent is arbitration the preferred method of dispute resolution in the industry?

It is my belief that arbitration is the preferred method of dispute resolution for the construction industry. This is reflected in the number of leading standard form contracts including arbitration agreements and is the result of a number of international arbitration’s key advantages. Although the benefits are many, there are two that I will mention.

The first is the international enforceability of arbitral awards as a result of the New York Convention, which is unparalleled by current laws for the enforcement of foreign judgments. This is a key benefit in the construction industry where participants are often drawn from a range of different jurisdictions, and want a suitably international method of dispute resolution in the event of a dispute.

The second is the ability of the parties to select a decision-maker of their own choosing, such as an arbitrator who specialises in their industry. This allows parties to ensure that their often technical and complex disputes will be heard by someone with the specific expertise capable of providing a sophisticated commercial resolution in international commercial matters.

How has your experience as a mediator affected your approach to arbitration?

The role of an arbitrator is distinct and quite different from that of a mediator. Nevertheless, my time as a mediator has allowed me to develop an appreciation for the commercial interests of disputing parties. This has been of great value in refining my ability to comprehend the complex commercial disputes and interactions that often feature as the subject matter of arbitral disputes.

Construction is a highly technical field requiring expert reports and testimonies. How do you ensure efficient proceedings in the face of large volumes of evidence from each side?

Arbitrators are often in a unique position to unearth the key points in dispute between the parties. To whittle down significant amounts of evidence, the tribunal should engage with the parties on the essential issues at an early stage in the dispute and adopt a flexible and interactive approach to case management that extends beyond Procedural Order No. 1. The tribunal should also carefully manage expert evidence and encourage expert conclaves and joint reports to consider and reconcile differing expert views. By embracing these strategies advocates will be encouraged to focus on the key issues in dispute.

Arbitration has been criticised for, among other things, a perceived lack of transparency and diversity. In your opinion, what should the community’s main priorities be to address these concerns and improve arbitration’s effectiveness as a means of resolving construction disputes?

On the issue of diversity, there is considerable work that needs to be done in promoting gender and cultural diversity in arbitration. The responsibility for change lies with parties, counsel, arbitral institutions, and arbitrators themselves. I am, however, pleased with the positive steps that are being taken, which have in my recent professional experience seen positive changes in diversity with both counsel and arbitrators.

Greater transparency may also improve the effectiveness of international arbitration by encouraging accountability of arbitrators, institutions and counsel, the development of law and public confidence in the process. However, much care needs to be taken to balance the need to safeguard commercially sensitive information while ensuring an appropriate level of openness to protect the legitimacy of arbitration.

What advice would you give to younger lawyers looking to develop specialist expertise in the construction industry?

Obtain as thorough a knowledge of the area as possible and then take every opportunity to practise that presents itself. Seek mentors who will share their experience and provide the opportunity to grow intellectually and professionally.

Global Leader

Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO is widely endorsed as “one of the best arbitrators out there”. He offers “phenomenal experience” in the field and is “a leader in promoting international arbitration in Australia”.

Biography

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator with over 40 years' prior experience as an international transactional and disputes project lawyer. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto, a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London and has an office in Sydney. He has also been appointed as a judge at the Singapore International Commercial Court.

He has been involved in over 100 arbitrations which include construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, KCAB, AIAC (formerly KLRCA), SIAC, DIAC, ACICA, Resolution Institute, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes of values exceeding some billions US dollars.

Doug has published and presented extensively and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London; and Melbourne University Law School.

Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. He has served as the chair of the board of trustees and president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and was chair of CIArb's centenary celebrations. In 2016, Doug was appointed one of the four living companions of CIArb. Doug also chaired the 2018 International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress held in Sydney. He is serving as the immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA).

He was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his distinguished service to the law and leadership in arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, policy reform, and national and international professional organisations.

Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO is a Global Elite Thought Leader and “an absolute star among construction arbitrators”, with an exceptional international reputation. He is lauded as “one of the best arbitrators there is” when it comes to construction matters.

Biography

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and a door tenant at Atkin Chambers in London, UK; and has an office in Sydney, Australia.

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 ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, KLRCA, SIAC, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, KCAB, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, in disputes of values up to several billion US dollars.

Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and is highly ranked in a number of leading publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has recognised Doug as "without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes" and testified that "he is regarded by many as "'the leading construction arbitrator in the world'". In 2019, he maintained his Band 1 ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific international arbitration category for a ninth consecutive year. In 2017, Who's Who Legal praised him as "one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world", recognising his "unbelievably efficient" working style and his ability to "handle the most acrimonious of disputes". Doug's earlier achievements include being ranked in the list of 15 "most highly regarded individuals" in the global construction law category by Who's Who Legal in 2015, and being named Lawyer of the Year for international arbitration in Sydney by Best Lawyers (2015–2018). His substantial contributions and leadership in the Australian legal profession were recognised when he was honoured with the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards.

Doug has published and spoken extensively and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London; and Melbourne University Law School.

Doug has held appointments to multiple international professional associations, including serving as the chair of the board of trustees, president (2011) and chair of the centenary celebrations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). He is also the immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2014) and the current president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL).

Doug was the 2018 recipient of the John Shaw Medal, the road industry's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road transport in Australia and internationally. In 2016, Doug was made one of four companions of the CIArb. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his distinguished service to the law and leadership in arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, policy reform, and national and international professional organisations.

Government Contracts 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Doug Jones AO is held in high regard by market commentators, thanks to his considerable experience and knowledge of projects and public procurement disputes.

Biography

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and a door tenant at Atkin Chambers in London, UK; and has an office in Sydney, Australia.

Prior to his full-time practice as an arbitrator Doug had 40 years' experience as an international transactional and disputes projects lawyer.

Doug has been involved in over 120 arbitrations which include construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions around the world. This includes sitting as arbitrator in a range of disputes involving State parties including the governments of the Argentine Republic, Albania, Korea, Ghana, Greece, Spain, Venezuela, Vietnam, Tanzania, Yemen and Zimbabwe. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, AIAC (formerly KLRCA), SIAC, SCC, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, KCAB, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL rules, in disputes of values up to several billion US dollars.

Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and is highly ranked in a number of leading publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has recognised Doug as "without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes" and testified that "he is regarded by many as 'the leading construction arbitrator in the world'". In 2019, he maintained his Band 1 ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific international arbitration category for a ninth consecutive year. In 2017, Who's Who Legal praised him as "one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world", recognising his "unbelievably efficient" working style and his ability to "handle the most acrimonious of disputes". Doug's earlier achievements include being ranked in the list of 15 "most highly regarded individuals" in the global construction law category by Who's Who Legal in 2015, and being named Lawyer of the Year for international arbitration in Sydney by Best Lawyers (2015-2018). His substantial contributions and leadership in the Australian legal profession were recognised when he was honoured with the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards.

Doug has published and spoken extensively and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London; and Melbourne University Law School.

Doug has held appointments to multiple international professional associations, including serving as the chair of the board of trustees, president (2011) and chair of the centenary celebrations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). He is also the immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2014) and the current president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL).

Doug was the 2018 recipient of the John Shaw Medal, the road industry's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road transport in Australia and internationally. In 2016, Doug was made one of four companions of the CIArb. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2012 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his distinguished service to the law and leadership in arbitration, alternative dispute resolution, policy reform, and national and international professional organisations.

Mediation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Doug Jones is recognised for his outstanding mediation practice. He has extensive experience of working on infrastructure disputes.

Biography

Professor Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London, and has an office in Sydney.

Doug has extensive experience as arbitrator under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, AIAC, KCAB, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. He has also sat as an arbitrator in Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Singapore.

Doug is ranked in several publications including Chambers Asia-Pacific (band one, 2011–2019); WWL: UK Bar (included in the “most highly regarded” list of arbitrators); and WWL: Construction. At the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards, he was honoured with the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award.

Doug holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London; and Melbourne University Law School.

Doug is the president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (2018–) and the immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (2008-2014). In 2018 he was chair of the Sydney ICCA Congress. He has served as chair of the board of trustees, and president, of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and chaired CIArb's centenary celebrations. In 2016, Doug was appointed one of four companions of CIArb.

Doug was the 2018 recipient of the John Shaw Medal, the road industry's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road transport in Australia and internationally. In 2012, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the law.

National Leader

Australia - Arbitration 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO enjoys a stellar reputation among peers as “a leading practitioner who acts mostly as arbitrator in large and high-value claims”.

Biography

Professor Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and 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 construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning more than 30 jurisdictions around the world. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, AIAC, KCAB, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. In the Asia-Pacific region, he has sat as an arbitrator in Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Singapore. He is the Australian government nominee on the ICSID panel of arbitrators.

Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and construction practitioner with high rankings in a number of publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has recognised Doug as "without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes" and testified that "he is regarded by many as 'the leading construction arbitrator in the world'". In 2019, he maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific international arbitration category for a ninth consecutive year. In 2018, WWL: UK Bar identified Doug as one of the 10 most highly regarded arbitration practitioners, and an "out-and-out leader of the pack" according to respondents who commend his "excellent mastering of the arbitration rules and practices." In 2017, WWL: Construction described Doug as "one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world". The guide added: "Sources praise him for being 'unbelievably efficient' and for his ability to 'handle the most acrimonious of disputes'." 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, expert witnesses and the penalties doctrine.

Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. Doug is currently serving as the president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL) (2018-) and immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2008-2014). In 2018 he was chair of the Sydney ICCA Congress. He has served as the chair of the board of trustees and president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and was chair of CIArb's centenary celebrations. In 2016, Doug was appointed one of four companions of the CIArb.

Doug was the 2018 recipient of the John Shaw Medal, the road industry's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road transport in Australia and internationally. In 2012, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, as well as policy reform, and in national and international professional organisations.

Australia - Construction 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO is a towering individual at the Australian bar who excels on sophisticated international construction disputes.

Biography

Professor Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and 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 construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning more than 30 jurisdictions around the world. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, AIAC, KCAB, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. In the Asia-Pacific region, he has sat as an arbitrator in Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Singapore. He is the Australian government nominee on the ICSID panel of arbitrators.

Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and construction practitioner with high rankings in a number of publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has recognised Doug as "without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes" and testified that "he is regarded by many as 'the leading construction arbitrator in the world'". In 2019, he maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific international arbitration category for a ninth consecutive year. In 2018, WWL: UK Bar identified Doug as one of the 10 most highly regarded arbitration practitioners, and an "out-and-out leader of the pack" according to respondents who commend his "excellent mastering of the arbitration rules and practices." In 2017, WWL: Construction described Doug as "one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world". The guide added: "Sources praise him for being 'unbelievably efficient' and for his ability to 'handle the most acrimonious of disputes'." 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, expert witnesses and the penalties doctrine.

Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. Doug is currently serving as the president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL) (2018-) and immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2008-2014). In 2018 he was chair of the Sydney ICCA Congress. He has served as the chair of the board of trustees and president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and was chair of CIArb's centenary celebrations. In 2016, Doug was appointed one of four companions of the CIArb.

Doug was the 2018 recipient of the John Shaw Medal, the road industry's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road transport in Australia and internationally. In 2012, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, as well as policy reform, and in national and international professional organisations.

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO is a seasoned disputes specialist who comes in for high praise thanks to his expert handling of contentious procurement proceedings.

Biography

Professor Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and 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 construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning more than 30 jurisdictions around the world. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, AIAC, KCAB, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. In the Asia-Pacific region, he has sat as an arbitrator in Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Singapore. He is the Australian government nominee on the ICSID panel of arbitrators.

Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and construction practitioner with high rankings in a number of publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has recognised Doug as "without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes" and testified that "he is regarded by many as 'the leading construction arbitrator in the world'". In 2019, he maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific international arbitration category for a ninth consecutive year. In 2018, WWL: UK Bar identified Doug as one of the 10 most highly regarded arbitration practitioners, and an "out-and-out leader of the pack" according to respondents who commend his "excellent mastering of the arbitration rules and practices." In 2017, WWL: Construction described Doug as "one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world". The guide added: "Sources praise him for being 'unbelievably efficient' and for his ability to 'handle the most acrimonious of disputes'." 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, expert witnesses and the penalties doctrine.

Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. Doug is currently serving as the president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL) (2018-) and immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2008-2014). In 2018 he was chair of the Sydney ICCA Congress. He has served as the chair of the board of trustees and president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and was chair of CIArb's centenary celebrations. In 2016, Doug was appointed one of four companions of the CIArb.

Doug was the 2018 recipient of the John Shaw Medal, the road industry's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road transport in Australia and internationally. In 2012, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, as well as policy reform, and in national and international professional organisations.

Australia - Mediation 2019

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO is a gifted dispute resolution specialist who offers clients a steady hand in navigating complex mediations.

Biography

Professor Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. Doug is an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and 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 construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning more than 30 jurisdictions around the world. He has extensive experience as arbitrator under the SIAC, ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, AIAC, KCAB, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. In the Asia-Pacific region, he has sat as an arbitrator in Delhi, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul and Singapore. He is the Australian government nominee on the ICSID panel of arbitrators.

Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and construction practitioner with high rankings in a number of publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has recognised Doug as "without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes" and testified that "he is regarded by many as 'the leading construction arbitrator in the world'". In 2019, he maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific international arbitration category for a ninth consecutive year. In 2018, WWL: UK Bar identified Doug as one of the 10 most highly regarded arbitration practitioners, and an "out-and-out leader of the pack" according to respondents who commend his "excellent mastering of the arbitration rules and practices." In 2017, WWL: Construction described Doug as "one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world". The guide added: "Sources praise him for being 'unbelievably efficient' and for his ability to 'handle the most acrimonious of disputes'." 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, expert witnesses and the penalties doctrine.

Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. Doug is currently serving as the president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL) (2018-) and immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2008-2014). In 2018 he was chair of the Sydney ICCA Congress. He has served as the chair of the board of trustees and president of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb), and was chair of CIArb's centenary celebrations. In 2016, Doug was appointed one of four companions of the CIArb.

Doug was the 2018 recipient of the John Shaw Medal, the road industry's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to road transport in Australia and internationally. In 2012, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, as well as policy reform, and in national and international professional organisations.

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