CIArb News

The Complexity of Diversity in International Arbitration

05 Dec 2018

The event was kindly hosted by Mishcon de Reya LLP, and chaired by Irvinder Bakshi, immediate past president of the London branch.  The eminent panel comprised the Hon. Dame Linda Dobbs,  Professor Kate Malleson, Dr Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof, Director General of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) and Jonathan Wood QC.

The panel agreed that considerable progress had been made on gender diversity in the professions, but that there were still few female international arbitrators.  Neither did the body of regular international arbitrators display diversity in ethnicity and social background. 

The panel discussed possible causes of the lack of diversity, which included party preferences, barriers to entry that apply to the professions as a whole, and the dominance of London as an arbitral seat.  Means by which arbitral institutions such as the CIArb and the LCIA could improve diversity in international arbitration were considered.

There followed a very active brainstorming between the audience and the panel, including a possible role for general counsel in large corporates, which may be keen to promote diversity in their choice of arbitrators. 

A drinks reception was kindly hosted by Mishcon de Reya LLP.

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02 Oct 2018

International Construction Disputes

The international arbitration community has made great efforts in recent years to address diversity issues in arbitration, but anecdotal observations suggest that construction disputes – in arbitration, before dispute boards and in adjudication – are still decided by panels who do not reflect the diversity of those practising in this area.

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11 Oct 2018

2018 Product Development Survey Yields Positive Response

Congratulations to Nancy Okademi who was the beneficiary of our £100 Amazon voucher prize draw for her participation in the recent product development survey, for which CIArb is also delighted to announce was a resounding success.

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