Pool of Arbitrators

Thomas John

Thomas John, Independent accredited Mediator and Arbitrator

Thomas John is a common and civil law trained, fully bilingual (English and German) accredited mediator and arbitrator who focuses on international commercial, art, trade, finance, investment and sports disputes. He is the director of Resolution2Resolve; a founding partner of Grotius Chambers (The Hague); and a lecturer at Sigmund Freud University (Vienna), teaching courses in mediation and international regulatory frameworks at graduate and LLM levels. Thomas is a widely published author and a frequent speaker on issues related to international private and procedural law as well as (online-) dispute resolution.

Thomas has advised governments in international art disputes as well as in international and domestic arbitrations and mediations since 2002. In early 2021, he commenced his practice as an independent mediator and arbitrator, drawing on more than 20 years of advisory and advocacy experience. Thomas was a member of the Appeals Board of an international organisation and has been appointed to the panels of the Arbitration Centre of the RSPP (Russia); the ADR Group (UK); and the ADR Registry International (NL). He is a Member of the Swiss Arbitration Association (ASA), the German Arbitration Institute (DIS), the Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC); the Dutch Mediators’ Association (nMV) and the German Centre für Mediation (CfM). Thomas was appointed to the CAfA Abritration Pool April 2021. He trained extensively in online dispute resolution and is a member of the International Council for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR).

Thomas is the co-chair of the Commercial Law, Arbitration and Litigation Practice Group of the German-Australian-Pacific Lawyers Association (GAPLA); the founder / past Chair of the European Focus Group of the Law Council of Australia (LCA); the founder of the Young Diplomats’ Club (YDC) The Hague; and he has been a member of supervisory boards for research grant recipients. Thomas is an associate editor of The Netherlands International Law Review (NILR) and regularly participates as assessor and judge at major international arbitration and mediation competitions, mentoring junior mediators and arbitrators.

Thomas’ educational background includes: Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) (accredited mediator); University of Queensland and CIArb (GradDipl in Arbitration); U of Queensland (LLB); University of Konstanz (LLB).

Jurisdiction: Australia, Germany