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

Ask An Expert: Joe Liu

joe-liuJoe Liu, Managing Counsel at the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, speaks about transparency, education and trends in Asia’s dispute resolution market.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

The Hong Kong International arbitration Centre (HKIAC) is a service provider. We provide a wide range of dispute resolution services – arbitration, mediation, adjudication and domain name dispute resolution. I was previously in private practice and throughout my career I have specialised in international commercial and treaty arbitrations. Continue reading

Community Mediation – Improving Access to Justice

bppxrv1fo4s-igor-ovsyannykovThe denial of justice through delay is the biggest mockery of law! Considering the fact that it takes an average of 15 years to resolve a civil or commercial dispute in India, it is not limited to mere mockery – but the delay in fact kills the entire justice system of the country. The legal system is simply not equipped to handle the number of cases filed. It is often said that litigation is an unwelcome houseguest that stays for years or even decades. Continue reading

A Brief Look At The Empirical Findings On International Arbitration: A Summary

ilsnkt1imxe-mari-helin-tuominen.jpgThe original article Empirical Findings on International Arbitration: An Overview by Christopher R. Drahozal from the University of Kansas, discusses newly (and not so new) available international arbitration data generated through arbitration institutions, scholarly research, or commentator analysis Continue reading

Ask An Expert: Diego Gosis

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Diego Gosis, an Arbitrator and a Florida Foreign Legal Consultant at GST LLP in Miami, speaks about the digitalisation of dispute resolution and the benefits of increased cultural diversity in the field.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

I am a provider and an advisor of dispute resolution services. I work as counsel and arbitrator in international commercial and investment disputes.

I became interested in developing a career in dispute resolution when I realised that it was an area of practice where your success most depends on your legal skills, as opposed to the size of your firm or other non-legal factors. Also, it is one of the most international areas of practice, and the prospect of learning about and arguing issues under a variety of legal regimes was an interesting challenge. 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

Ask An Expert: Andi Daze

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Andi Daze, Partner at D & D Partners in Lagos, Nigeria – where he was also instrumental in organising the Lagos GPC event. Here, he discusses the importance of data gathering in dispute resolution, his motivations and his experience as an organiser.

Would you primarily describe yourself as an advisor, user or provider of dispute resolution?

As an attorney, I would categorise myself as an advisor under the GPC’s stakeholder groups. Having trained and qualified as a lawyer in Nigeria, New York, as well as in England and Wales, I have been involved in both contentious and non-contentious legal practice across all three jurisdictions.

Currently based in Lagos, Nigeria, I have developed a track record in both transactional and general legal advisory. I have anchored a wide range of transactions on behalf of local and multinational public and private organisations from legal audits and corporate restructuring to sports and entertainment transactions. Continue reading