Momentum has been building for some time to address the issue of increasing gender diversity on arbitral panels and in May 2016, building on this momentum, the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge was launched. It calls for the international arbitration community to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators. To date it has garnered well over 1,000 signatures from organizations and individuals.
The panel comprising a representative from an arbitral institution, in-house counsel and private practitioners will provide insights from diverse perspectives and will discuss the following questions: does gender diversity in arbitral appointments matter and, if so, why does it matter? What are the barriers to increased gender diversity on arbitral panels? How does the Pledge address these barriers? What concrete steps can be taken to implement the commitments set out in the Pledge? What can be done to address other areas of diversity on arbitral tribunals? Participants will have the opportunity to share their own insights with the panel.