14-15 October 2019 The Saudi Center for Commercial Arbitration will be hosting a conference on ‘The Evolution of Arbitration in the Middle East and North Africa: Realities and Perspectives’, with a session on ‘Diversity in International Arbitration – Towards a More Inclusive Approach’. The aim of the session is to discuss the current practices regarding cultural, gender and other roots of diversity. The session will also explore the emerging markets for youth, female and other ethnical and cultural groups as arbitrators and the impact of these trends on the process. Speakers include Dr. Nayla Comair-Obeid, Mr. Ahmed Ouerfelli, Dr. Dalia Hussein and Ms. Chiann Bao. Click here for further details of the event. (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
4 September 2019 Clifford Chance hosted an event on developments in gender equality in international arbitration, with the aim of fostering active dialogue between all participants, and discussed the goal of increasing the number of female arbitrators in arbitration proceedings and ways in which we can get there. Experienced arbitrators offered their personal experiences, ideas and approaches. (Frankfurt, Germany)
20 June 2019 Linklaters hosted the most recent “Meet the Female Arbitrators” event, aimed at the financial services community, in conjunction with The Pledge. In a speed-dating-esque format, female arbitrators each sat at an individual table with attendees moving between the tables to talk to the arbitrators about their experiences and expertise. The event was joined by some very distinguished women, including Dame Elizabeth Gloster, and feedback from the attendees was very positive. Teresa Laboucarié-Polak (Partner in Linklaters’ International Arbitration Practice) delivered the opening remarks and it was a fun and inspiring evening. (London, UK)
10 June 2019 The Pledge was promoted at the inaugural Africa Arbitration Academy hosted by Freshfields in London. The day began with an opening address delivered by Sylvia Noury and Stephanie Mbonu, following by sessions on investment treaty arbitration (presented by Natalie Sheehan and Ella Davies), construction disputes in Africa (presented by Bryan Dayton and Mohamed Eid) and annulment and enforcement of arbitral awards (presented by Gisele Stephens-Chu and Maxence Rivoire). The day concluded with a mentoring session with Prof Dr Mohamed Abdel Wahab and Mrs Funke Adekoya, SAN during which various issues were discussed including improving the visibility of African arbitrators on the world stage, tackling diversity, and improving local judicial support for domestic and international arbitration across Africa. (London, UK)
23 May 2019 The Finland Arbitration Institute (FAI) hosted the 15th IFCAI Biennial Conference in Helsinki. The IFCAI Biennial Conference is an international arbitration conference arranged biennially by the International Federation of Commercial Arbitration Institutions (IFCAI). The conference is hosted in turns by arbitral institutions that are IFCAI members. Currently, IFCAI consists of 52 member organisations worldwide. (Helsinki, Finland)
9 May 2019 Diversity Drinks Reception supported by the Pledge and ArbitralWomen during LIDW. (London, UK)
29 April 2019 Panel discussion on the art of advocacy in international arbitration hosted by Baker McKenzie, ICDR Young & International (ICDR Y&I) and Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners (YAWP). (New York, USA)
15 March 2019 We were a supporting organisation at a conference on adjudication and arbitration being held at the Scottish Arbitration Centre, Edinburgh. (Edinburgh, Scotland)
15 November 2018 Burford Capital LLC hosted the official UK launch of The Equity Project, supported by ArbitralWomen, at Somerset House, London. The Equity Project is a ground-breaking initiative designed to help close the gender gap in law by providing an economic incentive for change through a $50 million pool of capital earmarked for financing commercial litigation matters led by women. (London, UK)
8 November 2018 ArbitralWomen hosted a Gala Dinner in New York City to celebrate the ArbitralWomen Jubilee and the launch of the ArbitralWomen Diversity Toolkit™ with Keynote by India Johnson (CEO of American Arbitration Association). The Gala also celebrated the launch of the Women Pioneers in Dispute Resolution, 2d edition. The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge was pleased to be an organisation sponsor of this event. (New York, USA)
8 November 2018 ArbitralWomen held a full-day diversity conference hosted by the American Arbitration Association for the launch of the AW Diversity Toolkit™. Led by esteemed panelists, discussions included: (i) identifying unconscious bias, how it impacts arbitration and arbitrators; (ii) the business case and moral case for diversity in international arbitration; (iii) not just a women’s issue – who is affected by unconscious bias and how; (iv) what institutions, corporations and organizations can do to increase diversity; (v) diversity by inclusiveness; and (vi) practical ways to recognize and deal with unconscious bias – pitfalls and how to overcome them. The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge was pleased to be an organisation sponsor of this conference. (New York, USA)
6 November 2018 Cleary Gottlieb, ArbitralWomen, and the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge co-hosted an event on diversity, inclusion, and the challenges and opportunities for arbitration, featuring commentary and insights from diversity consultants and in-house and outside counsel. (New York, USA)
25-26 October 2018 The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Nigeria Branch held its annual conference and gala night at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, with over 600 attendees. In her welcome address, Steering Committee member Doyin Rhodes-Vivour, of Doyin Rhodes-Vivour & Co., spoke about efforts to improve diversity and inclusion in the arbitration community, and encouraged participants to visit the diversity stand present at the conference and take the Pledge.
17 October 2018 Norton Rose Fulbright Shipping Arbitration Pledge networking evening. The event continued Norton Rose Fulbright’s Arbitration Pledge series, and commenced with a speed networking roundtable where attendees had the opportunity to meet with a number of female shipping arbitrators.
18 September 2018 Pledge and ArbitralWomen hosted breakfast in Salvador, with panel discussions on gender differences in relationships of professional subordination, and unconscious bias in the appointment of arbitrators.
4 July 2018 HFW, Quadrant and 20 Essex Street hosted an Arbitration Pledge event, facilitating the introduction of female commodities arbitrators to those law firms likely to appoint them. It was the second in a series of ‘Meet Female Arbitrator’ events. The first focussed on IA, the next will focus on the shipping sector.
14 June 2018 The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge hosted another Quantum Experts Seminar Series, sponsored by Debevoise & Plimpton and ArbitralWomen, on 14 June 2018 at 4 Place de L’Opera, 75002 Paris. The discussion topic was Valuation fundamentals in the context of loss assessment, and was led by Battine Edwards (Deloitte) and Delphine Sztermer (Accuracy).
24 May 2018 The Pledge had an exhibition stand at the 7th Helsinki International Arbitration Day held in the Finnish capital and the topic of the day was ‘Shaping the Future of International Arbitration’. The seminar gathered leading international arbitration experts from Finland and around the world to discuss the future of international arbitration and how dispute resolution can be tailored to continue to meet the users’ expectations of speed, efficiency and technology.
9 May 2018 Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer hosted GAR’s Who’s Who Legal Future Leaders: Arbitration Conference, at its London office on 9 May 2018. The Pledge had an exhibition space and signatories were collected at the event. The first session of the conference included a fireside chat with leading arbitrator and Steering Committee member Juliet Blanch, who spoke about future trends in arbitration, including the need to strive for greater diversity (of all kinds) in arbitration. The event was co-chaired by Pledge signatory and Freshfields Counsel, Leilah Bruton.
6-8 May 2018 The 6th ICC MENA Conference was held in Dubai on 6-8 May 2018, where the Pledge hosted an exhibition space, and a significant number of new signatories were collected from amongst attendees. (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
25-27 April 2018 On April 27, the Peruvian Arbitration Institute hosted a panel discussion in Lima, on the Evaluation of Diversity in International Arbitration in light of the Second Anniversary of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge. Lupe López moderated the panel which addressed, among other things, the impact of diversity on the legitimacy and acceptance of arbitration as a method of dispute resolution, the main actors responsible for ensuring greater diversity and recent efforts undertaken in Latin America to bring about equal representation in arbitration. The other panelists were Claudia Benavides (Baker McKenzie Colombia, Partner), Lucía Olavarría (Ministry of Energy and Mining in Peru, Advisor), and Javier Robalino (Ferrere Abogados Ecuador, Partner). A team consisting of Lupe López, Rafael Sánchez Ríos, Kathy Ibarra, and Rosina Muller Bernar assisted with organizing the panel discussion.
23 April 2018 The Arbitrators’ and Mediators’ Institute of New Zealand held an event to celebrate its commitment to ensure equal representation and opportunity in dispute resolution. Pledge Steering committee co-chair Wendy Miles QC addressed attendees. (Wellington, New Zealand)
4 April 2018 The Institute for Transnational Arbitration (ITA) Academic Council and the American Society of International Law (ASIL) held their annual half-day conference in Washington, DC, and this year’s theme was “Diversity and Inclusion in International Law.” Conference attendees included noteworthy arbitrators, representatives of various arbitral institutions, private practitioners, third-party funders, and students. A number of conference participants – approximately 75% of whom were women – shared their thoughts on the Pledge initiative, and keynote speaker Lucy Reed as well as panelist Lucy Greenwood and conference co-chair Caroline Richard, were among those who actively encouraged all attendees to sign the Pledge. The conference organizers generously provided a Pledge exhibition space near the general registration area, and Pledge signatures were collected throughout the event.
2 April 2018 The NYU International Law Society hosted a panel discussion on the Past, Present, and Future of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge. Among many points of discussion, the panelists addressed the history of women in arbitration and the Pledge, what do institutions and firms do to fulfill their commitment to the Pledge, and goals for the future. Panelists include Steering Committee members Mirèze Phillipe (ICC Paris, Special Counsel) and Noiana Marigo (Freshfields, Partner), as well as Giovanna Micheli (ICDR, Director), Dana C. MacGrath (Sidley Austin LLP, Counsel), Christina L. Beharry (Foley Hoag LLP, Counsel), Ulyana Bardyn (Dentons US LLP, Senior Managing Associate), Elliot Friedman (Freshfields, Partner), Rafael Carlos del Rosal Carmona (ICDR, International Case Counsel), Preeti Bhagnani (White & Case LLP, Associate), and Lupe López (Freshfields, Senior Associate). The discussion was live-tweeted from the Pledge’s twitter account (@ERAPledge), signatures were collected, and a reception followed.