Previous IA Lectures

2020: A Response to DFAT’s Review of Australia’s Bilateral Investment Treaties 2019: Arbitration in Australia – Rising to the Challenge 2018: "The Need for Speed – Is International Arbitration Becoming Overly Fixated with Efficiency?” 2017: How worldly is it?” by The Hon Sir Bernard Eder2016: “International Arbitration and Independence – Off the Beaten Track” by Elliott Geisinger2015: “Dynamics, discretion and diversity - A recipe for unpredictability in international arbitration?” by Hilary Heilbron QC2014: “Commercial Courts and International Arbitration– Competitors or Partners?” by Michael Hwang SC2013: The authority of the arbitrator - its sources, limits and importance2012: The Impact of International Arbitration on the Rule of Law2011: Islamic influences on international arbitration2010: 仲裁 - Speaking your language? What is the language of resolution in the Asia-Pacific region?2009: The Day Before Tomorrow: Future Developments in International Arbitration2008: Inside Out: A User's View of International Arbitration2007: When Arbitrators Facilitate Settlement: Amiable Imposition or Actual Solution?2006: Enterprise v State: The New David and Goliath?2005: Litigate, Arbitrate, Mediate, Frustrate? Breaking the Dispute Deadlock2004: Apes, Neanderthals and Missing Links: Evolution in International Business Arbitration2003: East meets West: Tradition, Globalisation and the Future of Arbitration2002: Arbitration, Imagination and the Culture of Compromise: The Inaugural Clayton Utz International Arbitration Lecture

2019: Arbitration in Australia – Rising to the Challenge
by Professor Doug Jones AO

About the lecture

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.

About the speaker

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. 

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