Dr Colin Ong QC is a member of the Brunei, English and Singapore Bars. He has broad experiences as counsel and arbitrator in commercial matters, including banking and finance, construction and infrastructure projects (airports, bridges, pipe-lines; ports; roads), insurance, mining and minerals disputes, energy disputes (coal mining and supply disputes, production sharing contracts, electricity supply, gas contracts and oil exploration joint ventures), information technology, shipping, telecoms, technology transfer, and general commercial trade related matters. He qualified as a barrister in England and Wales in 1991 and is a master of the bench of the Inner Temple in England. He has acted as counsel in many arbitrations governed under civil law as well as under common law applying most major institutional rules as well as UNCITRAL rules. He was the first ASEAN national lawyer to be appointed silk.
Appointments & Memberships
He is the president of the Arbitration Association Brunei Darussalam; an advisory member of the China-ASEAN Legal Research Centre; vice president of APRAG; Governing Board member of the Indonesian National Board of Arbitration (BANI); Advisory Committee, PCERA and board member of Cambodia National Arbitration Centre. Colin is listed by Global Arbitration Review as one of the 45 leading international arbitration practitioners under the age of 45. He has been a consultant to the ASEAN centre for energy (2002 – 2003); and a panel member (nominee of Brunei Darussalam) of the ASEAN protocol on enhanced dispute settlement mechanism; a former vice chairman of the IBA arbitration committee; a former vice president of the LCIA Asia-Pacific users council; and a core drafting member of Malaysian PAM 2006 standard building forms of contract.
He is a visiting professor of law or has been a visiting professor at both civil and common law jurisdictions including the National University of Malaysia (UKM), the National University of Singapore, University of Malaya, Kings College (London), Universitas Indonesia, Padjajaran University (Indonesia) and Queen Mary, University of London.
He has conducted many arbitrations and also sat as arbitrator under BANI, CIETAC, HKIAC, ICC, ICDR, KLRCA, LCIA, LMAA, SIAC, UNCITRAL and WIPO rules under many applicable laws including English, Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Hong Kong, PRC, Singapore and Thai law.
He is a chartered arbitrator and holds several legal qualifications including an LLB (Sheffield), an LLM, a PhD in Law (Queen Mary, London), an FCIArb, an FMIArb, an FSIArb and a DiplCArb.
He is the author of several legal texts including chapters in leading books on the subject of advocacy and cross-examination and is on the editorial board of several international journals, including:
- Arbitration (CIArb)
- Asian International Arbitration Journal
- Business Law International
- Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law
- Badan Arbitrase Nasional Indonesia Journal
- China-ASEAN Law Review
- Dispute Resolution International
- Maritime Risk International.