Doug Jones, AO


Doug Jones, AO

Doug Jones, AO
Independent International Arbitrator, International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court

Offices at Toronto Arbitration Chambers, Toronto, Ontario, Canada and Atkin Chambers, London, Greater London, England.

Main office: Sydney Arbitration Chambers, Sydney, New South Wales, AT (Austria)

VanIAC Panel(s) : International Arbitration

Practice Areas : Accounting, Construction, Corporate Commercial, Government, Insurance and Reinsurance, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Securities, Transportation

Professional Experience

Doug Jones AO, is a leading independent international commercial and investor-state arbitrator. Doug has an office in Sydney and Toronto, and is a door tenant at Atkin Chambers in London. He is also an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court.

He has been involved in over 140 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, Resolution Institute, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes of values exceeding some billions $US.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Doug has had over 40 years prior experience in project work, as an international transactional and disputes project lawyer. As an Arbitrator, Doug has been involved in over 140 arbitrations as Chair, party-appointed and sole. Doug 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.

Recent arbitral appointments include (Please refer to for complete listing)

Position – Seat – Rules – Dispute
Chairman – New York – ICC – Civil engineering and construction dispute
Chairman – Singapore – UNCITRAL – Power station construction dispute
Member 3 Person Tribunal – London – LCIA – Supply of goods dispute
Chairman – Singapore – SIAC – Thermal power plant dispute
Member 3 Person Tribunal – Washington – ICSID – Mining dispute

Professional and Other Activities

Doug has published and presented extensively and holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London and Melbourne University Law School. Some of the highlights of Professor Jones’ professional career include (Please refer to for complete listing)

  • President, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (London) (2011)
  • Immediate Past President, Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA)
  • Honorary Fellow, Canadian College of Construction Lawyers
  • President, Dispute Resolution Board Australasia (2009 – 2014)
  • President, International Academy of Construction Lawyers
  • Honorary Bencher, Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

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’s expertise in International Arbitration and Construction has regularly been recognized by his peers.

  • In 2020 Doug received the GAR Award for Best and Most Responsive Arbitrator
  • Who’s Who Legal 2021 Arbitration recognised that Doug has “great depth of experience and significant analytical skills” and “the ability to crystallise complex issues in a way that is comprehensible to even those less experienced in the arbitration sphere”. Further, Doug was identified as “very focused, very experienced and very collegial” as well as “energetic, passionate about arbitration and an articulate proponent of the need for adoption of international best practice to enhance procedural efficiencies”.
  • In Chambers and Partners Asia-Pacific 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.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2020 Thought Leaders Global Elite 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.
Academic Qualifications

B.L., University of Queensland, 1972
B.A., University of Queensland, 1974
M.L., University of Queensland, 1977