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search for female arbitrators

The Pledge calls for the appointment of female arbitrators on an equal opportunity basis. One of the key steps to achieving this is to ensure that wherever possible “lists of potential arbitrators or tribunal chairs provided to or considered by the parties, counsel, in-house counsel or otherwise include a fair representation of female candidates”.

Female Arbitrator Resources Tool
The Female Arbitrator Resources tool is designed to assist those involved in appointing arbitrators with finding and researching women arbitrators. It lists databases and other sources of information on women candidates, including those set out below, in an easily accessible, printable one-page format. Please share this with your colleagues and contacts to encourage those involved in putting together arbitrator lists to ensure those lists are sufficiently diverse with a fair representation of women.

Database of Women Arbitrators involved in the ERA Pledge
The ERA Pledge maintains a Global database of women arbitrators involved with the ERA Pledge, either through (a) sitting on the Global Steering Committee or one of the Pledge Subcommittees, or (b) having been featured at one of the many Pledge events that have taken place around the world to showcase leading female arbitrators.

Inclusion in this database is not intended to be taken as an endorsement or recommendation by ERA, but rather to ensure that the wider arbitration community can benefit from ERA’s extensive knowledge and growing community of female arbitrators, many of whom are based in regions that are under-represented in terms of arbitrator appointments in international disputes.

Sources of Female Arbitrator Profiles
Further women arbitrator profiles can be found via external arbitrator databases, including (but not limited to) the following:

Compendium of Unicorns – A Global Guide to Women Arbitrators
Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR)
Female arbitrators CV packs (London and New York) – Profiles of arbitrators featured in ERA “meet the female arbitrators” events in London and New York (March 2023)

General Sources of Arbitrator Profiles, including women
The ERA Pledge does not maintain its own list of female arbitrators. Female arbitrator profiles can be found via external arbitrator databases, including (but not limited to) the following:

AAA – Assistance with the selection of arbitrators with a US focus

Abu Dhabi Global Market Arbitration Centre (ADGMAC) – Search function forarbitrators with a focus on the ADGMAC

ACICA Panel of Arbitrators

Swiss Arbitration Association(ASA) Profiles – Database including Swiss and international arbitration specialists

Delos Arbitrator Database – International arbitrator database

Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC) List of Arbitrators – Search function prepared by the HKIAC

International Arbitration Institute (IAI) Member Directory – Search function prepared by the IAI

International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Membership Directory – Profile database of all ICCA members

JAMS Neutrals – Directory of mediators and arbitrators

Vienna International Arbitration Centre (VIAC) Directory – List of practitioners in international arbitration

Energy Arbitrators List (ICDR)- Panel of experienced arbitrators with demonstrated expertise in international energy disputes

ERA Search Committee
If you require additional assistance in your search for female arbitrators, the ERA Search Committee is pleased to offer assistance via the
ERA Female Arbitrator Search Tool hosted by ICCA. The information that you include in the online form on the ICCA website will be sent on a confidential basis to the ERA Search Committee, whose members comprise individuals from dispute resolution organisations who render their assistance on a voluntary basis. The ERA Search Committee does not comprise individuals from law firms. Recommendations are not endorsed by or made on behalf of ICCA.

The ERA Search Committee will not contact the suggested female arbitrators and they will not be aware that their names were proposed. The ERA Search Committee will only provide you with their contact details and hyperlinks to their profiles. The ERA Female Arbitrator Search Tool aims to provide proposals of female arbitrator candidates who, because of their relevant experience and profile, deserve to be considered for your case. No member of the ERA Search Committee will be proposed as a potential arbitral candidate.

The assistance provided to any person searching for female arbitrators is made without any commitment or liability whatsoever for ERA, its Steering Committee Members or its Search Committee Members. It is made to facilitate your search for potential female arbitrators. The proposals are made only to provide ideas of potential profiles and by no means constitute official recommendations.