With robust legislation, an independent and supportive judiciary, and effective arbitral institutions, Australia has emerged as a competitive seat for arbitration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. In this lecture, Professor Doug Jones AO explores the developments that have allowed Australian arbitration to flourish, identifies challenges which remain, and suggests how by working together Australians can ensure that Australia's domestic and international arbitration regimes not only retain, but enhance, their competitiveness in the future.
Professor Doug Jones AO is a leading international commercial and investor/state arbitrator. He has recently been appointed an International Judge of the Singapore International Commercial Court, a role which he will be combining with his International Arbitrator Practice.
Doug has experience in both ad hoc and institutional commercial arbitrations under the AAA, ACICA, AMINZ, DIAC, HKIAC, IAMA, ICC, ICDR, ICSID KLRCA, LCIA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and other international rules. He sits regularly as an arbitrator in London; in addition to many other jurisdictions, from Singapore to California, Dubai to Kuala Lumpur.
Doug Jones has also acted as counsel and mediator in numerous ADR procedures in infrastructure related disputes. He uses a flexible approach as the key to success in ADR procedures.
The arbitrations in which Doug has been involved include infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions around the world.
Amounts in dispute in arbitrations in which Doug has sat as arbitrator are in excess of some billions $US.
In June 2012 in the Queens Birthday Honours List, Doug was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, 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 published and spoken extensively and holds professorial appointments at a London university and two Australian universities.
He has an office in Sydney, Australia and chambers in London, UK and Toronto, Canada.