find the latest legal job
Senior Associate - Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Category: Litigation and Dispute Resolution | Location: Melbourne CBD & Inner Suburbs Melbourne VIC
· Come work for a firm ranked in Lawyers Weekly Top 25 Attraction Firms
View details
Associate - Workplace Relations & Safety
Category: Industrial Relations and Employment Law | Location: Brisbane CBD & Inner Suburbs Brisbane QLD
· Employer of choice · Strong team culture
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Banking and Finance Law | Location: All Perth WA
· Freelance opportunities through Vario from Pinsent Masons
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Adelaide SA
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Freelance Lawyers
Category: Other | Location: All Melbourne VIC
· • Qualified lawyer with a strong academic background
View details
Clayton Utz partner to head global arbitration body

Clayton Utz partner to head global arbitration body

A Clayton Utz partner has become the first Australian to lead the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

A Clayton Utz partner has become the first Australian to lead the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a global organisation for the training and accrediation of alternative dispute resolution.

An international arbitration specialist, Clayton Utz partner Doug Jones AM has been elected president of the institute, whose membership comprises eminent practitioners, policymakers, academics and business leaders from the UK, the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australasia.

“As an Australian, I am deeply honoured to be elected as president and see this as an opportunity to advance Australia’s position as a major player in the lucrative cross border dispute resolution market.”

A Member of the Order of Australia for Services to Dispute Resolution and Construction Law, Professor Jones AM is also president of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration, director of the Australian International Disputes Centre, and is the only Australian member of the Court of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

The appointment has been warmly received by members of the arbitration world including eminent jurists.

Retired Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia and Patron of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Australia, the Hon Murray Gleeson AC said: "Professor Jones has made a major contribution to local and international arbitration and mediation, and his election is testimony to the esteem in which he is held in Australia and overseas."

Director of the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration and retired High Court Justice, the Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG who sits on the Arbitration Panel of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes for the World Bank said: “Until now, we in Australia have liked to think of Doug Jones as our own special treasure. No one has worked harder or more successfully over many years to put Australia on the map of international commercial arbitration.

‘No one has been more effective in securing updated national and transnational laws for Australia. But now our secret is out. His professional reputation has won him the much prized position of President of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. We must now share him with the world. His election will be a great encouragement and boost for us in Australia, the Hon Kirby said.

Commenting on the increasing importance of arbitration, Professor Jones AM said demand for arbitration and dispute resolution services was growing around the world, particularly in the Asia Pacific region.

“International arbitration has emerged as the process of choice for international businesses in the global economy. Investors want to avoid the uncertainty of litigation in a foreign court system with the associated lack of familiarity over processes and uncertainty of enforcement outside local jurisdictions,” he said.

Professor Jones AM will mark his presidential term with a series of initiatives and global events. They include Investment and Innovation: International Dispute Resolution in Asia Pacific which will be held in Sydney (27 – 28 May).

Marking the first major event since the enactment of the long-awaited reform to Australia’s international and domestic arbitration regime, the conference is being jointly organised by the North American, East Asia, Thai, Indian, Malaysian, Singapore and Australian Branches of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators with support from major arbitral bodies and global professional associations.

Former UK Attorney General and Westfield Director, Lord Peter Goldsmith QC, and Royal Dutch Shell Legal Director, Peter Rees QC, are just two of the confirmed headline speakers and will join leaders in the Australian government and eminent members of the judiciary and the legal profession.

Like this story? Read more:

QLS condemns actions of disgraced lawyer as ‘stain on the profession’

NSW proposes big justice reforms to target risk of reoffending

The legal budget breakdown 2017

Clayton Utz partner to head global arbitration body
lawyersweekly logo
Promoted content
Recommended by Spike Native Network
more from lawyers weekly
Oct 20 2017
Podcast: One of law’s most infamous alumni – in conversation with Julian Morrow
In this episode of The Lawyers Weekly Show, Melissa Coade is joined by The Chaser’s Julian Morrow....
Oct 20 2017
High Court overturns ‘excessive’ anti-protest legislation
Bob Brown’s recent victory in the High Court over the Tasmanian government was a win for fundament...
Oct 20 2017
Changes to Australian citizenship laws blocked
Attempts to beef up the requirements to obtain Australian citizenship were thwarted this week, after...
Allens managing partner Richard Spurio, image courtesy Allens' website
Jun 21 2017
Promo season at Allens
A group of lawyers at Allens have received promotions across its PNG and Australian offices. ...
May 11 2017
Partner exits for in-house role
A Victorian lawyer has left the partnership of a national firm to start a new gig with state governm...
Esteban Gomez
May 11 2017
National firm recruits ‘major asset’
A national law firm has announced it has appointed a new corporate partner who brings over 15 years'...
Nicole Rich
May 16 2017
Access to justice for young transgender Australians
Reform is looming for the process that young transgender Australians and their families must current...
Geoff Roberson
May 11 2017
The lighter side of the law: when law and comedy collide
On the face of it, there doesn’t seem to be much that is amusing about the law, writes Geoff Rober...
May 10 2017
Advocate’s immunity – without fear or without favour but not both
On 29 March 2017, the High Court handed down its decision in David Kendirjian v Eugene Lepore & ...