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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 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.

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 (he is an Australian Government nominee on the ICSID Panel of Arbitrators) 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, 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. He was elected an Honorary Bencher of The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in 2020.

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London Bar > International arbitration: arbitrators

(Leading arbitrators)Ranked: Tier 1

Doug JonesAtkin Chambers ‘Doug is very efficient, responsive, smart and commercial. He maintains control over the proceedings and does not tolerate procedural gamesmanship. For all of these reasons and more, Doug is an ideal arbitrator (especially as Chair).’

Atkin Chambers is a top choice for international construction and engineering disputes, and this experience feeds into its arbitrator offering. Clients benefit from a good range of former judges, and practicing and retired counsel. The full time arbitrators include Doug Jones, a leading light major international commercial and investor-state disputes, and former Technology and Construction Court (TCC) judges Sir Robert Akenhead and Her Honour Frances Kirkham. The high profile arrival of Stuart Catchpole KC from 39 Essex Chambers adds weight to the bench of counsel as arbitrators, which also includes Andrew White KC.