Professor Doug Jones AO RFD is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and has been a lecturer in, and Advisory Board member of, the Law School’s construction law program since its inception nearly 20 years ago. He also holds professorial appointments at Queen Mary College, University of London.
Doug is a leading independent arbitrator with over 40 years' prior experience as an international infrastructure and disputes projects lawyer. Acting for owners (in both the government and private sector), financiers, contractors, consultants and subcontractors, Doug has advised extensively on major projects in the areas of project structuring and financing, telecommunications, buildings, airports, ports, road and rail infrastructure, power, mining infrastructure, potable and waste water, and on offshore oil and gas.
The arbitrations in which he has been involved in include infrastructure, energy, commodities, intellectual property, commercial and joint venture, and investor-state disputes spanning over 30 jurisdictions. He has extensive experience as an arbitrator under the ICC, LCIA, AAA, ICDR, KLRCA, SIAC, DIAC, ACICA, IAMA, AMINZ, European Development Fund Arbitration and Conciliation Rules, as well as the ICSID and UNCITRAL Rules, in disputes of values exceeding some billions $US.
Doug is recognised in a number of legal directories internationally as a leading arbitrator. In 2018, Doug maintained his Band One ranking in the Chambers Asia-Pacific international arbitration category for an eighth consecutive year. In the same year, Who's Who Legal UK Bar identified Doug as one of the ten most highly regarded arbitration practitioners.
Doug is the current President of the International Academy of Construction Lawyers (IACL) and the immediate Past President of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (2008-2014). Doug has held appointments to multiple international professional associations, including serving as the chair of the board of trustees, President (2011) and Chair of the Centenary Celebrations of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb). Doug also served as Chair of the Organising Committee for the ICCA 2018 Congress.
Doug was awarded the John Shaw Medal for outstanding contribution to the road transport industry in 2018. In 2016, Doug was made one of four Companions of the CIArb. He 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.