The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge (the Pledge), conceived as a call to action to address the historical under-representation of women in international arbitration, is celebrating reaching a milestone 3,000 signatories since its launch in May 2016. This blog post discusses the breakdown of these signatories, marks the Pledge’s progress to date and looks ahead … Continue reading The Pledge reaches 3,000 signatures
On 22 November 2017, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer’s International Arbitration Group hosted its 32nd annual arbitration lecture in conjunction with Queen Mary University of London’s (QMUL) School of International Arbitration. This year’s lecture was delivered by the Rt Hon Lady Justice Gloster DBE on the subject of “Symbiosis or Sado-Masochism? The relationship between the courts and … Continue reading 32nd Annual Freshfields Arbitration Lecture: “Symbiosis or Sado-Masochism? The relationship between the courts and arbitration”
This month, a new arbitrator search tool has been introduced via the Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge website to help arbitration practitioners and parties identify qualified female arbitrators to hear their cases.
Next month marks 15 years since I joined the counsel team for the claimant in Loewen v United States. I recall clearly my excitement on receiving the US government brief to which I was to respond. It was a powerful document, thoroughly researched and citing everything from mixed claims commission decisions of the 1920s to 19th-century … Continue reading Islands in anarchy: investment arbitration awards as precedent
Last week saw the launch of a new gender diversity initiative: the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge. The campaign for gender diversity in arbitration is not a new one. But it is hoped that the Pledge will create renewed impetus for change by rallying the arbitration community and mainstreaming the issue.