ICC YAF: Redressing the Balance: the Path Ahead for Gender Diversity on Arbitral Tribunals

London, United Kingdom, • English

The ICC Young Arbitrators Forum (ICC YAF) is co-organizing with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer a conference entitled “Redressing the Balance: the Path Ahead for Gender Diversity on Arbitral Tribunals” to be held in London on 19 September 2016.


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.


5:30pm – 6:00pm Registration

6:00pm – 6:15pm Welcome remarks

Sylvia Noury , Partner, Freshfields, London
Ania Farren , ICC YAF Representative, London

6:15pm – 7:45pm Panel Discussion/ Q&A

7:45pm Drinks reception


Leilah Bruton, Senior Associate, Freshfields, London

Panel members:
Samantha Bakstad, Counsel, BP Legal, London
Kate Davies, Partner, Allen & Overy, London
Chris Parker, Partner, Herbert Smith Freehills, london
Mir├Ęze Philippe, Special Counsel, ICC International Court of Arbitration, Paris

Logistial notes


Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 28 Tudor Street, London, EC4Y 0BQ

Time and date:

19 September (5:30pm – 7:45pm)


Please note this event is free of charge, however you are requiered to register as the space in the room is limited. To register please send your contact details (full name, firm/institution, email) to elizabeth.smillie@freshfields.com

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