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 a door tenant at Atkin Chambers London, an arbitrator member at Arbitration Place in Toronto and has an office in Sydney. Doug is also an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court.
He has been involved in over 120 arbitrations which include construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, 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, KCAB, AIAC (formerly KLRCA), CRCICA, SIAC, VIAC, SCC, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes of values exceeding some billions $US.
Doug has published and presented extensively and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London and Melbourne University Law School. In addition, Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. Doug has held appointments at professional associations, including serving as the President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA). In 2018, Doug chaired the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress held in Sydney.
Doug 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. In 2018, Doug was awarded the John Shaw Medal in recognition of his lasting contribution to the road transport industry in Australia and internationally.
Doug has arbitration experience in both ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations under the AAA, ACICA, AMINZ, DIAC, HKIAC, IAMA, ICC, ICDR, KLRCA, LCIA, SCC, SIAC, UNCITRAL and other institutional rules. He is the Australian government nominee on the ICSID panel of arbitrators, He sits regularly as arbitrator in many jurisdictions, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, UAE, Qatar, India, UK, Austria, France, and Korea.
TYPES OF DISPUTES AND PARTIES
Doug’s appointments as Arbitrator include disputes relating to:
- Energy, including:
- power purchase agreements;
- construction of power stations/generators;
- construction of offshore wind farms;
- construction of petro-chemical plants; and
- commodity Joint Ventures and trading
- Oil & Gas, including:
- oil explorations;
- offshore oil production projects;
- construction of onshore and offshore gas pipelines and platforms; and
- construction of oil infrastructure;
- Major projects, including:
- construction of roads;
- transport Public Private Partnerships;
- construction of rail and tunnel infrastructure;
- construction of sewerage plants; and
- General commercial matters, including:
- share sale agreements;
- intellectual property and licensing; and
- manufacturing licenses.
Doug’s appointments have also included fourteen matters in which a sovereign party has been involved.
Doug’s experience as Arbitrator includes:
|Arbitral Institutions / Rules||No. of Appointments||Positions Held|
|ICC||43||President, Sole Arbitrator,
Member (3 person Tribunal)
|LCIA||20||Chairman, Sole Arbitrator,
Member (3 person Tribunal)
|SIAC||15||Chairman, Sole Arbitrator,
Member (3 person Tribunal)
|UNCITRAL Rules||9||Chairman, Sole Arbitrator,
Member (3 person Tribunal)
|Ad hoc||8||Chairman, Sole Arbitrator,
Member (3 person Tribunal)
|SCC||4||Chairman, Member (3 person Tribunal)|
|KLRCA||4||President, Member (3 person Tribunal)|
|DIFC-LCIA||3||Chairman, Sole Arbitrator,
Member (3 person Tribunal)
|HKIAC||3||President, Member (3 person Tribunal)|
|EDF||1||ICJ Chair appointee|
SEATS AND COUNTRY EXPERIENCE
Doug has sat as Arbitrator in Arbitrations seated in Ankara, Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, Dubai, Geneva, Ghana, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New Delhi, New York City, Paris, Qatar, Reykjavik, Seoul, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vienna, Vietnam, Washington DC, and Zambia.
His country experience has also included projects practice in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Fiji, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam, and Zambia.
Doug has applied the laws of Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Canada (Ontario and British Columbia), El Salvador, England and Wales, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Tanzania, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America (New York and California), Vietnam, and Zimbabwe.
1976 – date Institute of Arbitrators & Mediators Australia
- Foundation Fellow (1976)
- Graded Arbitrator (1985 – date)
- Hon Secretary & Committee Member, Qld Branch (1979-1990) Member, National Council (1991-1995)
- Committee Member, NSW Chapter (1991-1995)
1980 – date Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London)
- Fellow (1980)
- Committee Member, Australian Branch (1995 – 2005) Chairman, Australian Branch (2002 – 2005)
- Elected Member, Board of Trustees (2005 – 2008)
- Chairman, Board of Trustees (2006 – 2008)
- Chartered Arbitrator (2007 – date)
- Vice President (2009)
- Deputy President (2010)
- President (2011)
- Centenary Chair (2015)
- Companion (2016)
1983 – date International Bar Association
- Co-Chair, International Construction Projects Committee IBA (2007 – 2009)
- Member, Conflicts of Interest Working Group, IBA International Arbitration Committee (2002 – 2004)
1987 – date Committee Member, Construction and Infrastructure Group, Law Council of Australia
1989 – date London Court of International Arbitration
- Member, LCIA Court (2010 – 2014)
- Vice-President, Asia Pacific Council (1989 – 2007)
1996 – date Dispute Resolution Board Foundation
- Member, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (1996 – date)
- Committee Member of the Executive, Dispute Resolution Board Foundation (2006 – date)
- President, Dispute Resolution Board Australasia (2009 – 2014)
- President Region 3 (2014 – 2017)
1996 – date Member, International Arbitration Club (London)
2001 – date Professorial Fellow, Melbourne University, Australia
2001 – date Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration
- President (2008 – 2014)
- Vice President (2002 – 2008)
2002 – 2012 Vice Chair, Inter-Pacific Bar Association Arbitration & Dispute Resolution Committee
2004 – 2012 Member, Juris Doctor Advisory Board of the University of Melbourne, Australia
2005 – date Arbitrator Member, Society of Construction Arbitrators (London)
2005 – date Asia Pacific Regional Arbitration Group (APRAG)
- Vice President (2009 – 2011)
- Member Arbitration Panel (2005 – date)
2006 – 2012 Adjunct Professor of Law, Murdoch University, Australia
2006 – date Member, CIDC International Advisory Group, India Construction Industry
2007 – 2015 Member, Australian Council of the International Project Finance Association
2007 – date Honorary Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
2014 – date Visiting Professor, Queen Mary, University of London
2009 – date Honorary Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
2009 – 2015 Director of the Board, Roads Australia
2009 – date Member, Council of Distinguished Advisors, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law, California, United States
2010 – 2014 Member, ICC Australia Arbitration Committee
2010 – date Australian Government nominee to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) panel of arbitrators
2012 – 2017 Council Member, International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI)
2013 – date Member Arbitrator, Arbitration Place, Toronto
2013 – date Arbitrator member, Energy Arbitrators’ List
2013 – date Member, IBA Working Group on Harmonising Arbitration Laws in the Asia Pacific Region
2014 – date Associate, American Bar Association
2014 – date Arbitrator member, Arbitration Panel appointed by NSW Government under the Mining Act and Petroleum (Offshore) Act
2015 – date Member, Advisory Committee, Melbourne Commercial Arbitration and Mediation Centre
2016 – date Inaugural Member, Seoul IDRC International Advisory Board
2017 – date Inaugural Member, CIETAC International Board of Advisors
2018 – date President, International Academy of Construction Lawyers
2018 – date Honorary Fellow, Asian Institute of Alternative Dispute Resolution
2018 – date Fellow, Australian Academy of Law
2019 – date Member, Advisory Board, Dispute Resolution Expert (DREx) Talks
2019 – date International Judge, Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)
Author of Commercial Arbitration in Australia, published by Lawbook Co (Thomson Reuters), 2011 (2ED 2013)
Author of Building and Construction Claims and Disputes, Construction Publications, 1996
Co-Editor in Chief of the International Construction Law Review
Editorial Board Member of the International Trade and Business Law Review
Editorial Board Member of the India Business Law Journal
Editorial Board Member of the Global Arbitration Review
International correspondent of Romanian Review of Arbitration for Australia
Contributor to The Projects and Construction Review (2nd Edition), Law Business Research, 2012 & 2015
Contributor to Brazilian Institute of Construction Law, 2014
Contributor to International Oil & Gas Arbitration, Juris Publishing, 2014
Contributor to CIArb Centenary Liber Amicorum, CIArb, 2014
Contributor to Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review, GAR, 2011-2013
Contributor to World Arbitration Reporter (2nd Edition), Juris Publishing Inc, 2011
Contributor to International Comparative Legal Guide to: International Arbitration, Global Legal Group, 2011
Contributor to Commercial Arbitration Expert Guide, Expert Guides, 2009
Contributor to The Guide to Energy Arbitrations, GAR, 2015, 2017 & 2018
Contributor to BCDR International Arbitration Review, 2018.
Contributor to Arbitrator and Mediator Journal, Resolution Institute, 2018.
RECENT TEACHING AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
|Clayton Utz/ Sydney University Lecture||Lectured on “Arbitration in Australia – Rising to the Challenge”|
|AFIA International Conference||Lectured on “Busting the Club: creating a new face for Australian arbitration”|
|Asia-Pacific ADR Conference||Lectured on “A New Path Forward: Efficiency through Transparency”|
|CIArb International Arbitration seminar||Lectured on “Party Appointed Experts in International Arbitration – Asset or Liability?”|
|NPAC International Conference||Presented on “Damages in International Arbitration”|
|ASA Conference||Presented on “Arbitration in Asia”|
|Melbourne University Law School Public Lecture||Lectured on “Innovation in International Infrastructure Arbitrations”.|
|AFIA Conference||Presented on “Innovations in Arbitration Procedure”.|
|Chinese Arbitration Association 2018 Taipei Conference||Presented on “International and Domestic Arbitration Regimes – Should They be Combined or Separated?”|
|VI IBDiC International Conference||Presented on “International experience with the use of Dispute Boards in infrastructure works”.|
|8th International SCL Conference – Chicago||Presented on multiple topics including “Navigating penalties and liquidated damages across common law and civil law jurisdictions” and “The International Experience of Dispute Avoidance using Dispute Boards: Australia, Canada and USA”.|
|Dispute Resolution Expert Talk, Delhi||Presented on the “Use of Experts in International Arbitration”.|
|4th International Conference on International and Domestic Arbitration, Chennai||Presented on “Emerging International Best Practice in the Use of Party Appointed Experts in International Construction Arbitration”.|
|Istanbul Annual International Construction Day||Presented on “Measuring Delays and Determining the Causes: What Really Convinces Arbitral Tribunals”|
|IBA Annual Conference||Presented on multiple topics, including “Hot topics in International Arbitration” and “What role has good advocacy in arbitrations”|
|IACL Conference||Lectured on “DRBs as a Dispute Avoidance Process (Project Facilitation)”|
|American College of Construction Lawyers||Presented on “The DRB Experience – Common Traits of Effective and Ineffective Boards”|
|Annual Arbitration Symposium – Toronto||Presented on “International Arbitration in Canada: Major Cases and Trends”|
|Society of Construction Law – India||Presented on “India as an Upcoming Hub for Arbitration”|
|Australian Disputes Centre Lecture||Lectured on “Recent Developments in Commercial Disputes”|
|Stockholm University Lecture||Lectured on “Arbitrators as Law-Makers”|
|China Arbitration Summit||Presented on “Convergence and Differentiation: Trends of Internationalisation and localisation in Arbitration”|
|IBA Annual Conference||Presented on “Investment Treaty Protections for Construction Projects”|
|Melbourne University Lecture||Delivered keynote lecture on “The penalties doctrine in international construction contracting; where to from here?”|
|CIArb Roebuck Lecture||Delivered the keynote address on “Using Costs Orders to Control the Expense of International Commercial Arbitration”|
|ICCA Mauritius Conference||Presented on “International Arbitration and its Conformity with the Rule of Law”|
|IACL Conference||Presented on “Normative Rules Related to the Fair Use of Expert Witness Testimony”|
|International Arbitration Club Lunch||Presented on “Lost in Translation – some fraught issues in translation of documents and evidence”|
|Leading Arbitrators’ Symposium||Presented on “Tribunal Deliberations and Dynamics”
|Dublin Law Library
|Presented on “The History and Development of Statutory Adjudication”|
|Canadian College of Construction Lawyers Conference – Washington DC||Presented on “Evolutionary stages of PPPs” (the Australian and English experience)|
|CIArb Lecture – Brisbane||Lectured on “Introduction to International Arbitration”|
|CIArb Centenary – KLRCA||Delivered the keynote speech on “Looking Back – Moving Forward” identifying the key events in the Institute’s history, challenges in international arbitration in the years ahead|
|ACICA Dubai Roadshow||Presented on the new Practice Directions issued by Chief Justice which provide for court orders being converted into arbitral awards|
|CIArb Australia Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration Sydney||Lectured at the Diploma of International Commercial Arbitration 2015|
His expertise in International Arbitration and Construction has regularly been recognised by his peers.
Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific – Doug has been recognised as a star individual in the Australian legal community for many successive years. Doug is the only construction lawyer in Australia to receive this endorsement.
- 2020: Doug retained his Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, and was recognised as a “superb chairman – very decisive and authoritative” who commands a “worldwide reputation” as an arbitrator of construction-related disputes.
- 2019: Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most in Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Doug was described as a “leading international arbitrator for construction and engineering disputes” in the Asia-Pacific region. Noting his proactive handling of arbitrations, sources comment he is “very much in control of proceedings, will intervene and ask questions and makes decisions.”
- 2018: Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Doug was recognised as an arbitrator “whose name is a byword in the Asia-Pacific.” Doug was also praised for his “phenomenal turnaround rate” and considered to be “a delight to sit with because he absolutely knows what he’s doing and is totally on top of everything.”
- 2017: Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Doug was recognised as “without question the leading Asia-Pacific-based arbitrator for construction disputes. Whether serving as co-arbitrator or chair, he knows his role and plays it to perfection“.
- 2016: Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Chambers stated of Doug that “[h]e is regarded by many as “the leading construction arbitrator in the world”” and recognised his increasing activity in the Asian region across the infrastructure and energy industries.
- 2015: Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Doug was recognised for commanding “great respect for his eminence in construction law and as a highly experienced and very well-regarded general arbitrator.”
- 2014: Receiving a Band 1 ranking in the “Arbitration (International): Most In Demand Arbitrators – Asia-Pacific Region” category, Doug was recognised as a “highly experienced and revered arbitrator” for his expertise in infrastructure disputes.
- 2013: Receiving a Band 1 ranking, Doug Jones was noted by peers as “an excellent arbitrator who’s grown in stature over the years.” He has an outstanding construction practice and is undoubtedly a leading arbitrator in the field.
- 2012: In addition to his star individual ranking, Doug was recognised as one of the most in demand arbitrators and received a band one ranking in the International Arbitration Category. He was also ranked in the projects category and was ranked band one for dispute resolution (arbitration) in Australia.
- 2011: In addition to his star individual ranking, Doug received a band one ranking and was recognised as a “most in demand arbitrator” in the international arbitration category in the Asia-Pacific region. He also received a band 1 ranking in dispute resolution (arbitration) in Australia.
Who’s Who Legal
- 2020: WWL Thought Leaders Global Elite (Arbitration) identified Doug as “an absolute star among construction arbitrators”, with an exceptional international reputation. Doug was lauded as “one of the best arbitrators there is” when it comes to construction matters.
- 2020: WWL Global Leader (Arbitration) observed that Doug 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.
- 2020: WWL Construction identified Doug as a “brilliant arbitrator” with considerable experience in high-value disputes.
- 2020: WWL UK Bar (Construction – Silks) said that Doug was “an impressive arbitrator” and is “perhaps the best in the world for construction disputes according to impressed peers”.
- 2019: WWL Construction (Australia and UK) observed that Doug “is lauded as ‘one of the best arbitrators there is’ when it comes to construction matters”. Doug was described by interviewees as “an absolute star among construction arbitrators“, with an “exceptional international reputation“.
- 2018: WWL Arbitration (Australia and UK) again identified Doug as among the world’s leading commercial arbitration experts and said that “Douglas Jones is “among the best out there” according to respondents, who consider him a standout name globally for his superlative work”.
- 2018: WWL UK Bar (Construction) commented that Doug “is a leading light as an arbitrator in construction disputes worldwide.” Doug is perceived as “very well organised in dealing with procedural matters and very knowledgeable on international construction matters.”
- 2018: WWL UK Bar (Arbitration) 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.” Doug is described as “extremely diligent and responsive to parties,” as well as “always well prepared, efficient and on top of proceedings.”
- 2018: WWL Construction Analysis 2018 identified Doug as a Top 3 “Thought Leader” in his area. He is viewed as “one of the leading international arbitrators in the market today.” It was observed that “one source says, ‘Doug is an internationally renowned arbitrator; he has vast experience and understands the key issues immediately.’”
- 2017: WWL Australia: Arbitration 2017 ranked Doug as the “Most Highly Regarded” in the arbitration field and stated that he is recognised as “one of the pre-eminent practitioners in the field.”
- 2017: WWL Arbitration Analysis 2017 identified Doug as a “Thought Leader” in the arbitration field and commented that he “boasts near-unmatched experience as an arbitrator and is “rated extremely highly” by sources around the world”.
- 2017: WWL (Construction) England and Australia described Doug as ““one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world”. Sources praise him for being “unbelievably efficient” and for his ability to “handle the most acrimonious of disputes””.
- 2017: The UK Bar (Arbitration) observed that “One respondent sums up market sentiment by commenting that Douglas Jones is “an incredibly efficient chairman who is well organised and extremely responsive, no matter where he is in the world”.
- 2017: The UK Bar (Construction) observed that “Douglas Jones is described by one source as “a first-class arbitrator and my first choice for anything complex – he’s no-nonsense and gets things done.””
- 2016: Doug was recognised by the UK Bar as one of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in the “Leading Juniors” category for his “calm manner” combined with a “pragmatic, sensible and very thorough” approach to cases.
- 2015: Doug was recognised for his “formidable expertise in infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property and joint venture-related arbitrations, having managed claims of up to US$1 billion in value”. Doug was ranked in the list of 15 of the “Most Highly Regarded Individuals” in the world (and the only one in Australia) in the Construction Law category.
- 2013: Doug was awarded the Global Construction Lawyer of the Year Award. “[Doug] is described as having a ‘formidable reputation’ for construction work… He is a specialist in construction-related dispute resolution, particularly arbitration and is selected for this award based on his extensive international reputation among lawyers and corporate clients“.
- 2020: Doug was again selected for inclusion in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.
- 2019: Doug was again selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Australia, in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.
- 2018: Doug was named the Best Lawyers 2018 Sydney Construction/Infrastructure Law “Lawyer of the Year”. Doug was also selected for inclusion in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.
- 2017: Doug was named the Best Lawyers 2017 Sydney International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”, marking the third consecutive year he has been the recipient of this honour. Doug was also selected for inclusion in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.
- 2016: Doug was named the Best Lawyers 2016 Sydney International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”. Doug was also selected for inclusion in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.
- 2015: Doug was named the Best Lawyers 2015 Sydney International Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year”. Doug was also selected for inclusion in the fields of Alternative Dispute Resolution, Construction/Infrastructure Law, International Arbitration and Transportation Law.
Lawyers Weekly Law Awards 2014 – Doug was awarded the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognises legal leaders that have made a substantial contribution to the Australian legal profession as well as overall leadership and influence on the Australian legal sector. The editor of Lawyers Weekly said Doug’s many professional achievements made him a stand out choice for the award: “Doug has left a lasting legacy not just on the Australian legal profession, but the international legal community. No one in the Australian legal sector has done more to promote Australia as a viable destination to hear international commercial arbitration matters than Doug. His tireless energy and devotion in promoting Alternative Dispute Resolution here and abroad has ensured Australia has a credible international voice in major discussions and developments on the global commercial dispute resolution scene.”
GAR 100 2014 – Doug was recognised as a “driving force” and was noted for “head[ing] the practice at Clayton Utz, one of the few Australian firms with a real name in [arbitration]“.
Energy Arbitrators’ List – In recognition of his experience and expertise in the energy industry and in international arbitration, Doug was appointed to the Energy Arbitrators’ List in July 2013.
QUALIFICATIONS AND AWARDS
2018 John Shaw Medal
2016 Companion of the CIArb
2012 Officer of the Order of Australia
1977 Master of Laws, University of Queensland
1974 Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland
1972 Bachelor of Laws, University of Queensland