Professor Douglas Jones AO has been appointed to sit as an International Judge in the Singapore International Commercial Court (for the period 1 November 2019 to 4 January 2021).
Professor Jones will continue to practice as an international arbitrator from Atkin Chambers in London, Sydney Australia and from Toronto, Canada.
Professor Jones is highly-regarded as an international arbitrator, particularly in construction and energy disputes. Chambers Asia-Pacific had recognised him as the leading Asia-Pacific Arbitrator for construction disputes. In 2018, he maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific International arbitration category for an eighth consecutive year. In the same year, he was identified as one of the 10 most highly-regarded arbitration practitioners in London and a leader in construction disputes.
David Barnes, chief executive and director of clerking, commented that “Chambers is delighted by Professor Jones’ appointment as an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court. This appointment reflects the esteem in which he is held and it will be balanced with his existing practice as an internationally renowned arbitrator”.
- Professor Jones, who graduated with a Master of Laws in 1977 from the University of Queensland, Australia, joined Clayton Utz as a Partner and Head of the firm’s Construction group in 1993. He headed their International Arbitration and Private International Law group in 1995 and in 2000 was heading Clayton Utz’s National Major Projects Group.
- Upon his retirement from Clayton Utz in 2014, Professor Jones became a full time independent International Arbitrator. His appointments in a number of professional bodies include President of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers; Past President, Chartered Arbitrator, and one of four Companions, of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; and Fellow of Resolution Australia, and of the Arbitrators & Mediators Institute of New Zealand.
- With the appointment of Professor Jones, the number of SICC IJs stands at 18.
A copy of the formal announcement is attached.