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.

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

Investor-State Mediation: Not Whether, Or Even When, But How

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It has long been suggested that public bodies are antagonistic to negotiating settlements with private investors. The supposed, underlying rationale is that government officials are reluctant to be seen as compromising the interests of the state, meaning that negotiating is unacceptable. The recently published International Mediation Institute Investor-State Mediation Criteria challenge that assumption. Continue reading

Ask An Expert: Eric Chang

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Eric Z. Chang, Founder and Principal of LA-based Chang Law, speaks about key topics in international arbitration and the future of dispute resolution.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

As counsel, I am a provider of dispute resolution. Although I act primarily in a counsel role, as with many practitioners in the international arbitration community, I also accept appointments as arbitrator.

My particular focus is on commercial international arbitration, and investor-state arbitration. I specialised in international arbitration because it is the pre-eminent dispute resolution mechanism in international transactions and international investment. International arbitration borrows from both civil law and common law concepts and practices, and clients from different legal systems also have different concepts of how dispute resolutions should be resolved.

I decided early on to focus my career from an international angle, and I hold law degrees from the United States and France, and have qualified in both legal systems (California, New York, Paris). My background thus lends itself to an international practice and, specifically, the hybrid nature of international arbitration. Continue reading

Ask An Expert: S.I. Strong

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S.I. Strong, Manley O. Hudson Professor of Law and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of Dispute Resolution at the University of Missouri and an international commercial arbitration specialist, speaks about her career and discusses the rise of international commercial mediation and the increase in multiparty arbitration.

What is your current role in dispute resolution?

As a full-time law professor and arbitrator, I would categorise myself as primarily an advisor.

I got involved in international dispute resolution my first year in practice in New York – I was very interested in private international and comparative law, but I didn’t want to go into transactional practice. My firm became involved in what was then the largest ICC (International Chamber Commerce) arbitration in history, and I had the opportunity to see how complex international arbitration was. From that moment, I was hooked.

In the last few years, I have also become interested in international commercial mediation, based on the work I am doing with the US State Department and UNCITRAL on the new proposed convention on settlement agreements arising out of international commercial mediations. Continue reading