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Doug Jones Atkin Chambers

Professor Doug Jones

Chartered Arbitrator

He is regarded by many as "the leading construction arbitrator in the world"

Chambers & Partners

Doug Jones AO is a leading independent international commercial and investor / state arbitrator with over 40 years’ experience as an international and disputes projects lawyer. He is also a member arbitrator at Arbitration Place in Toronto and has an office in Sydney, Australia.

He has been involved in over 100 arbitrations which include construction, infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions around the world.

Doug has published and presented extensively and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London and Melbourne University Law School. He has held appointments at several international professional associations. He 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. He was a member of the Host Committee for the ICCA Sydney 2018 Congress. Doug is also the President of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers and the Immediate Past President of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2008-2014).

In 2018 Doug was awarded the John Shaw Medal, the Australian road industry’s highest accolade, which honours an industry champion who has made a lasting contribution to road transport, in Australia and internationally. In 2016, Doug was made one of four Companions of the CIArb. He is an Officer of the Order of Australia, having received the award in 2012 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for distinguished service to the law as a leader in the areas of arbitration and alternative dispute resolution, to policy reform, and to national and international professional organisations.


Doug has arbitration experience in both ad hoc and institutional arbitrations under the AAA, ACICA, AMINZ, DIAC, HKIAC, IAMA, ICC, ICDR, AIAC (formerly KLRCA), LCIA, SCC, SIAC, 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. He sits regularly as arbitrator in London in addition to many other jurisdictions, including Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, USA, Canada, UAE, Austria, France, Switzerland, and Korea.


Doug has acted as Arbitrator for disputes relating to power purchase agreements, share sale agreements, intellectual property and licensing, construction of power stations/generators, construction of oil infrastructure, mining projects, construction of roads, construction of offshore wind farms, construction of sewerage plants, construction of onshore and offshore gas pipelines and platforms, transport Public Private Partnerships, oil explorations and offshore oil production projects, manufacturing licenses, commodity Joint Ventures and trading, construction of petro-chemical plant, construction of rail and tunnel infrastructure, and telecommunications. The value of disputes arbitrated are up to over US$30bn.

Doug’s appointments have also included twenty-four matters in which a sovereign party or State-owned entity has been involved.


Doug’s experience as Arbitrator includes:

Arbitral Institutions / Rules No. of Appointments Positions Held
ICC 38 President, Member (3 person Tribunal)
LCIA 20 Chairman, Sole Arbitrator, Member (3 person Tribunal)
SIAC 15 Chairman, Sole Arbitrator, Member (3 person Tribunal)
UNCITRAL RULES 8 Chairman, Member (3 person Tribunal)
DIAC 4 Chairman, Member (3 person Tribunal)
Ad Hoc 8 Chairman, Sole Arbitrator, Member (3 person Tribunal)
ICSID 7 President, Member
KLRCA 4 President, Member (3 person Tribunal)
SCC 3 Chairman, Member (3 person Tribunal)
DIFC-LCIA 2 Chairman, Sole Arbitrator
KCAB 2 Member
HKIAC 2 President, Member (3 person Tribunal)
ICDR 1 Member
EDF 1 ICJ Chair appointee
ACICA 1 Sole Arbitrator


Doug has sat as arbitrator in arbitrations seated in Ankara, Abu Dhabi, Brisbane, California, Dubai, Geneva, Ghana, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, New Delhi, New York City, Paris, Qatar, Reykjavik, Seoul, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Toronto, Vienna, Washington DC, and Zambia.

His country experience includes, 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, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vietnam and Zambia.


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


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 Distillery Building 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
Cambridge Arbitration Day, Cambridge UK Presented on “Procedural Challenges in International Commercial Arbitration”
International Congress of Maritime Arbitrators XIX, Shanghai Presented on “The impact of the Prevention Principle on the enforcement of contractual rights in Common and Civil Law jurisdictions, particularly relating to the construction of ships and offshore structures”
Queen Mary College, London Lectured on “The agreement to arbitrate, typical arbitration agreements for construction contracts”

Lectured on “Underpinning concepts for the conduct of the arbitration, fairness and efficiency, seat of arbitration and role of national arbitration law”