Podcast For Parity With Mirèze Philippe

MicrophoneTo celebrate International Women’s Day this year, the GQUAL campaign – which focuses on achieving gender parity in international tribunals and bodies – created a podcast series entitled Podcast for Parity in collaboration with the American University’s Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the Washington College of Law.

In this particular podcast, GQUAL speaks to Special Counsel at the Secretariat of the ICC International Court of Arbitration and ArbitralWomen co-founder, Mirèze Philippe, about her organisation’s work, raising awareness and tackling unconscious bias.

To listen to the podcast please click here or on the picture above.

This podcast was first aired on 9 March 2017, you can find the original post here.

Ask An Expert: Lucy Greenwood

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Lucy Greenwood, an independent International Arbitrator based in Houston, Texas, provides her insight into the the issues of transparency, data and diversity in the international arbitration field.

What is your current role?

After spending the past 20 years in practice with two major international law firms, I have recently transitioned to become a full time arbitrator.

I joined Linklaters as a trainee in 1996, qualified as a litigator in London in 1998 and rather fell into the practice of international arbitration shortly thereafter. The firm needed an associate to relocate with a partner to the Paris office to establish an international arbitration presence there and asked me to go.  Continue reading

Celebrating International Women’s Day: Battling Unconscious Bias At Work

mike-wilson-162526As the world celebrates International Women’s Day through a wide range of activities, the central theme this year covers women at work. The UN has published a comprehensive infographic on gender disparity globally, highlighting the low proportion of women in leadership positions. An issue not unique to a particular industry, including law.

What is particularly striking in the field of dispute resolution, is the under representation of women in international arbitration. But what are the barriers to women becoming successful international arbitration practitioners? Continue reading

Matching Arbitrators To Party Expectations

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Reacting to a discussion at Vienna Arbitration Days 2016, Lucy Greenwood, Michael McIlwrath and I published an article ‘Puppies or Kittens – How To Better Match Arbitrators to Party Expectations’ calling for better-informed choices in appointing arbitrators.

We analysed the arbitrator selection process, and proposed that the lack of available information on arbitrator’s soft skills and procedural preferences often leaves parties disappointed. Continue reading

It’s A Numbers Game: Diversity And Inclusion In International Dispute Resolution

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As a largely private mechanism for dispute resolution, international commercial arbitration has been shielded from scrutiny in relation to the composition of its arbitral tribunals. For years, the arbitration institutions did not publish data in relation to the gender, nationality or race of arbitrators appointed to hear disputes. However, this situation is changing. Continue reading