Colin Ong is a member of the Brunei, English and Singapore Bars. He is the senior partner of Dr Colin Ong Legal Services and an associate member barrister at Stone Chambers in London. He has broad experience both as arbitrator and as counsel in many areas of practice including aviation, banking, construction, corporate, cross-border litigation, energy law (including coal mining and coal supply matters), oil and gas (upstream and downstream disputes), infrastructure projects, international trade, insurance, investment arbitration; shipping disputes (shipbuilding, charter parties, etc.), telecoms and technology transfer disputes.
He is frequently appointed as arbitrator and has been instructed as counsel by international law firms, foreign governments and leading multinationals in matters of Bruneian, Chinese, English, Indian, Indonesian and Singaporean law matters. He has been instructed as lead counsel by many lawyers and energy companies to assist in complex arbitration cases. He has extensive experience in acting both for and against governments, state-owned enterprises, multinationals and foreign corporations in resolving complex and international disputes. He has conducted arbitrations as arbitrator or acted as counsel in arbitrations under ICC, UNCITRAL, LCIA, LMAA, BANI, CIETAC, KLRCA, SIAC, TAI and WIPO rules involving parties from many countries.
He was listed by The Global Arbitration Review in 2011 as one of the 45 leading international arbitration practitioners worldwide under the age of 45. He is a Master of the Bench of the Inner Temple in England.
He holds several legal qualifications including an LLB (Sheffield), LLM, PhD in law (Queen Mary, London), FCIArb, FMIArb, FSIArb and DiplCArb. He is visiting professor of law or has been visiting professor at various universities including University of Hong Kong; National University of Malaysia (UKM); National University of Singapore; University of Malaya; King’s College (London); Padjajaran University (Jakarta); Universitas Indonesia; and Queen Mary, University of London.
He is the author of several legal texts on advocacy and arbitration. He is on the editorial board of several international journals including Arbitration (CIArb), Asian International Arbitration Journal, ABLR, Business Law International, Butterworths Journal of International Banking & Financial Law, Dispute Resolution International and Maritime Risk International.
He is the president of the Arbitration Association Brunei Darussalam (statutory default appointing body); vice-president of APRAG; vice-president of the IPBA Arbitration committee; advisory board member to the Indonesian National Board of Arbitration; appointing council of the Cambodian National Commercial Arbitration Centre; Vice-President Appointments Council, Thailand Arbitration Center (THAC); advisory committee member of the China-ASEAN Legal Research Center; and panel member, ASEAN Protocol on Enhanced Dispute Settlement Mechanism (nominee of Brunei Darussalam). He was a former vice-president of the London Court of International Arbitration (Asia-Pacific Users’ Committee), former principal legal consultant of the ASEAN Centre for Energy and a former vice chair of the arbitration committee of the IBA.