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Douglas Jones AO

Douglas Jones AO

Independent ArbitratorAustralian ADR ChambersSuite 1B, Level 3, 139 Macquarie StreetSydneyAustraliaNSW 2000

Thought Leader

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO is “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.

Questions & Answers

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. He is also an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court. His matters include infrastructure, energy, commodities, commercial and joint ventures, and investor-state disputes spanning more than 30 jurisdictions. 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 worth up to some billions of US dollars.

What led you to develop an interest in the construction field?

I was drawn to the field due to the intellectual challenges posed by construction disputes, which are notorious for their complexity. Devising ways to help parties fairly identify the key issues, and streamline the process, is a key role of a tribunal and critically important in such disputes.

Working closely with others in pursuit of a common goal in the delivery of these projects has also been a source of motivation and satisfaction. Being able to witness the ongoing use and value of many of the projects with which I have been involved with has been immensely rewarding.

You hold several professorships. How has lecturing informed your work in practice?

Teaching has always been an important part of my professional life. Apart from motivating me to stay up to date on the areas of my practice, I have learnt a lot from my students, and I regard sharing one’s expertise as an important contribution to the development of our profession.

You are a prolific writer on construction matters. To what degree has this influenced your private practice?

To be able to develop ideas and share views with others in a written way has greatly assisted my own practical and theoretical professional development. Of course, putting things in writing is often only the start of a journey on a subject. One never stops learning and the adjustment of views is an important part of professional development.

To what extent is the construction industry a particularly dispute-prone one?

In my experience, the construction industry is extremely dispute-prone. Construction projects in the modern age are of a completely new breed to those in the past. Prior to the industrial revolution, there were typically only two parties to a construction contract: the owner commissioning the project; and the master builder, who undertook both the design and building components of the work. Today, however, with the birth of specialisation, construction projects are an intricate web of contracts and subcontracts, as owners rely on numerous specialists to undertake individual components of the project. On top of this, the scale and long-term nature of construction projects means that funding is often provided by external financiers. As a result, it is not unusual for a construction project to involve many participants, including subcontractors, financiers, insurers, suppliers, architects, engineers and of course, the employer and contractor.

The consequence of the sheer complexity and number of moving parts within today’s construction projects is that there are far more instances in which disputes are prone to arise. Construction disputes are additionally associated with high levels of risk due to unforeseeable economic, political and climatic forces that may impact delivery. Megaprojects in the construction industry are only set to increase in size and complexity, and so too are the disputes that will arise out of them.

The construction industry often turns to arbitration for dispute resolution. What steps are courts taking to offer a rival forum for dispute resolution in the construction market?

The establishment of specialist lists in domestic courts – such as the Technology and Construction Court in the UK, and the construction list of the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia – attempt to provide parties with a more expeditious and specialised forum for construction litigation. Developments in evidence procedure (particularly in respect of expert evidence) in domestic courts have also improved the efficiency of litigation in construction disputes.

In addition, there has been a growing development of international commercial courts around the world. These courts allow parties to resolve their construction disputes in an international forum, affording the benefits of international commercial arbitration without its perceived concerns regarding legitimacy and absence of appeals.

That said, arbitration nonetheless retains a competitive edge as a means of dispute resolution in the construction industry. The use of international commercial arbitration is widespread and is preferred by parties in construction disputes for its flexibility, enforceability and the expertise of arbitrators, as well as the ability for parties to tailor the arbitration to suit the needs of their dispute.

What impact will technological innovation have on the construction industry over the next five to 10 years?

Technological innovation is a hallmark of the construction industry. It is important that arbitration harnesses the benefits arising out of these innovations to ensure that it remains at the forefront of construction dispute resolution. Technology can play a leading role in streamlining an arbitration and enhancing efficiency and convenience for all parties involved. Although there are many forms of innovation occurring in the construction industry, I will briefly discuss two of them.

First, there has been development of site visualisation technologies, which seek to provide visual perspectives that are alternative or supplementary to the traditional site visit or photographs. While a physical visit may provide the tribunal with the fullest picture of the situation, there are a range of issues that may prevent a visit from occurring – for example, the sizeable costs and inconvenience to be borne by the parties, particularly if the site is in a remote location. Fortunately, technological innovations in this area have largely relieved the necessity for physical site visits. Innovations include time-lapse cameras, video conferencing, presentation software, and computer animations and simulations. Furthermore, the developments in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and augmented and virtual reality, have the capacity to heighten a tribunal’s ability to visualise the dimensions of a project without being physically present.

Secondly, developments in information modelling render high-quality evidence for delay and disruption claims, which are common in construction disputes. Building information modelling (BIM) and system dynamics (SD) modelling are two technological innovations that can greatly improve the efficiency of a construction project. BIM in particular, as a multi-dimensional digital planning method and record of information, has been used in all phases of the project life cycle with great success in the UK, China and the US. Over the next five to 10 years, developments in this area will only serve to improve efficiency in the construction industry.

What challenges will the construction world face in the coming years?

Construction disputes are notorious for their immense volume of documentation. This largely stems from the fact that they are often factually and legally intensive, raising a multitude of discrete issues and necessitating extensive expert evidence on a variety of technical issues beyond issues of delay and quantum. This results in the presentation of an extensive amount of evidence, a problem that has only been exacerbated in paperless environments. In the coming years, as construction projects inevitably become larger in scale and scope, the challenge will be in managing the factual materials so that the efficient resolution of disputes is not stagnated by the sheer amount of documentation required.

You have enjoyed an extraordinary career to date. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

I do not regard what I have achieved as particularly extraordinary. With focus and enthusiasm, the path I have trodden is one available to all. Every case is a new challenge – to do each well is what I seek to accomplish, as well as continuing to share ideas and contribute to building better mousetraps.

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

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO is “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.

Questions & Answers

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. He is also an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court. His matters include infrastructure, energy, commodities, commercial and joint ventures, and investor-state disputes spanning more than 30 jurisdictions. 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 worth up to some billions of US dollars.

What led you to develop an interest in the construction field?

I was drawn to the field due to the intellectual challenges posed by construction disputes, which are notorious for their complexity. Devising ways to help parties fairly identify the key issues, and streamline the process, is a key role of a tribunal and critically important in such disputes.

Working closely with others in pursuit of a common goal in the delivery of these projects has also been a source of motivation and satisfaction. Being able to witness the ongoing use and value of many of the projects with which I have been involved with has been immensely rewarding.

You hold several professorships. How has lecturing informed your work in practice?

Teaching has always been an important part of my professional life. Apart from motivating me to stay up to date on the areas of my practice, I have learnt a lot from my students, and I regard sharing one’s expertise as an important contribution to the development of our profession.

You are a prolific writer on construction matters. To what degree has this influenced your private practice?

To be able to develop ideas and share views with others in a written way has greatly assisted my own practical and theoretical professional development. Of course, putting things in writing is often only the start of a journey on a subject. One never stops learning and the adjustment of views is an important part of professional development.

To what extent is the construction industry a particularly dispute-prone one?

In my experience, the construction industry is extremely dispute-prone. Construction projects in the modern age are of a completely new breed to those in the past. Prior to the industrial revolution, there were typically only two parties to a construction contract: the owner commissioning the project; and the master builder, who undertook both the design and building components of the work. Today, however, with the birth of specialisation, construction projects are an intricate web of contracts and subcontracts, as owners rely on numerous specialists to undertake individual components of the project. On top of this, the scale and long-term nature of construction projects means that funding is often provided by external financiers. As a result, it is not unusual for a construction project to involve many participants, including subcontractors, financiers, insurers, suppliers, architects, engineers and of course, the employer and contractor.

The consequence of the sheer complexity and number of moving parts within today’s construction projects is that there are far more instances in which disputes are prone to arise. Construction disputes are additionally associated with high levels of risk due to unforeseeable economic, political and climatic forces that may impact delivery. Megaprojects in the construction industry are only set to increase in size and complexity, and so too are the disputes that will arise out of them.

The construction industry often turns to arbitration for dispute resolution. What steps are courts taking to offer a rival forum for dispute resolution in the construction market?

The establishment of specialist lists in domestic courts – such as the Technology and Construction Court in the UK, and the construction list of the New South Wales Supreme Court in Australia – attempt to provide parties with a more expeditious and specialised forum for construction litigation. Developments in evidence procedure (particularly in respect of expert evidence) in domestic courts have also improved the efficiency of litigation in construction disputes.

In addition, there has been a growing development of international commercial courts around the world. These courts allow parties to resolve their construction disputes in an international forum, affording the benefits of international commercial arbitration without its perceived concerns regarding legitimacy and absence of appeals.

That said, arbitration nonetheless retains a competitive edge as a means of dispute resolution in the construction industry. The use of international commercial arbitration is widespread and is preferred by parties in construction disputes for its flexibility, enforceability and the expertise of arbitrators, as well as the ability for parties to tailor the arbitration to suit the needs of their dispute.

What impact will technological innovation have on the construction industry over the next five to 10 years?

Technological innovation is a hallmark of the construction industry. It is important that arbitration harnesses the benefits arising out of these innovations to ensure that it remains at the forefront of construction dispute resolution. Technology can play a leading role in streamlining an arbitration and enhancing efficiency and convenience for all parties involved. Although there are many forms of innovation occurring in the construction industry, I will briefly discuss two of them.

First, there has been development of site visualisation technologies, which seek to provide visual perspectives that are alternative or supplementary to the traditional site visit or photographs. While a physical visit may provide the tribunal with the fullest picture of the situation, there are a range of issues that may prevent a visit from occurring – for example, the sizeable costs and inconvenience to be borne by the parties, particularly if the site is in a remote location. Fortunately, technological innovations in this area have largely relieved the necessity for physical site visits. Innovations include time-lapse cameras, video conferencing, presentation software, and computer animations and simulations. Furthermore, the developments in unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and augmented and virtual reality, have the capacity to heighten a tribunal’s ability to visualise the dimensions of a project without being physically present.

Secondly, developments in information modelling render high-quality evidence for delay and disruption claims, which are common in construction disputes. Building information modelling (BIM) and system dynamics (SD) modelling are two technological innovations that can greatly improve the efficiency of a construction project. BIM in particular, as a multi-dimensional digital planning method and record of information, has been used in all phases of the project life cycle with great success in the UK, China and the US. Over the next five to 10 years, developments in this area will only serve to improve efficiency in the construction industry.

What challenges will the construction world face in the coming years?

Construction disputes are notorious for their immense volume of documentation. This largely stems from the fact that they are often factually and legally intensive, raising a multitude of discrete issues and necessitating extensive expert evidence on a variety of technical issues beyond issues of delay and quantum. This results in the presentation of an extensive amount of evidence, a problem that has only been exacerbated in paperless environments. In the coming years, as construction projects inevitably become larger in scale and scope, the challenge will be in managing the factual materials so that the efficient resolution of disputes is not stagnated by the sheer amount of documentation required.

You have enjoyed an extraordinary career to date. What would you like to achieve that you have not yet accomplished?

I do not regard what I have achieved as particularly extraordinary. With focus and enthusiasm, the path I have trodden is one available to all. Every case is a new challenge – to do each well is what I seek to accomplish, as well as continuing to share ideas and contribute to building better mousetraps.

Global Leader

Arbitration 2020

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Global Elite Thought Leader

WWL says

Douglas Jones AO is "a very experienced practitioner" and "a construction law specialist". He is well versed in acting as arbitrator in international commercial and investor state arbitrations.

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. In 2019, he was also appointed as an international judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court.

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. 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, Who's Who Legal: Construction commented that Doug is described 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, policy reform, and in 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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