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Professor Doug Jones, AO, RFD, FCIArb, FIAMA, FAMINZ


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T: +61 2 9353 4120

F: +61 2 8220 6700


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


He has been involved in over 140 arbitrations which 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, KCAB, AIAC (formerly KLRCA), CRCICA, SIAC, VIAC, SCC, DIAC, ACICA, Resolution Institute, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules. He has experience as an arbitrator in arbitrations worldwide of values exceeding some billions of $US.


Doug is acknowledged as a leading arbitrator and is highly ranked in a number of leading publications. Chambers Asia-Pacific has testified that Doug “is regarded by many as ‘the leading construction arbitrator in the world’”. In 2020, he maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific International Arbitration category for a tenth consecutive year. In 2019, Who's Who Legal Construction identified Doug as a Top 3 “Thought Leader” in his area, while Who's Who Legal UK Bar identified Doug as one of the 10 most highly regarded arbitration practitioners. In 2017, Who’s Who Legal praised Doug as “one of the best construction lawyers and arbitrators in the world” as he is “unbelievably efficient” and for his ability to “handle the most acrimonious of disputes”. His other achievements include being named the Sydney Lawyer of the Year for Construction/Infrastructure Law in 2018 and the “Lawyer of the Year” for international arbitration in Sydney by Best Lawyers (2015 - 2017). His substantial contributions and leadership in the Australian legal profession was recognised when he was honoured with the Michael Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Lawyers Weekly Law Awards.


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, the doctrine of penalties, and innovation in international arbitration.


Doug has held appointments at several international professional associations. At the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) he has served as the chair of the board of trustees and president (2011), as well as chair of CIArb’s Centenary Celebrations, and in 2016 was made one of the four living Companions of the Institute. He is also the immediate past president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) (2014) and the president of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL). In 2018, Doug also chaired the International Council of Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Congress held in Sydney.


Doug 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. In 2018, Doug was awarded the John Shaw Medal in recognition of his lasting contribution to the road transport industry in Australia and internationally. He was elected an Honorary Bencher of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in 2020.


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