Last modified: 15 November, 2023

ArbitralWomen is an international non-governmental organisation which has existed informally since 1993, actively since 2000, and officially as a non-profit organisation since 2005.

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What is ArbitralWomen?

ArbitralWomen is the leading international network for women in alternative dispute resolution. It is an organisation of professional women working in this field in various roles, including but not limited to lawyer, arbitrator, mediator, neutral, expert, adjudicator, surveyor, facilitator, ombudswoman, forensic consultant, online dispute resolution professional, academic and educational competition coach.

The purposes of ArbitralWomen in the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) field are to:

  • advance the interests of women practitioners and promote women and diversity;
  • enable women to meet for professional, cultural, and academic purposes;
  • establish and maintain an international network of women involved in this field;
  • raise awareness about the role of women and diversity;
  • assist in the professional development of women;
  • provide mentoring for Members to advance their careers;
  • foster communications and exchanges of information of interest to Members and other ADR practitioners;
  • organise meetings, conferences, training seminars and other events in ADR or diversity topics;
  • publish information papers, notes of conferences or other research documents authored by women who practise in ADR;
  • provide informal coaching or financial sponsorship, to the extent possible and under the conditions established by the Board, for women law students or young women lawyers to participate in law competitions related to ADR;
  • promote and publicise the activities of ArbitralWomen and its Members through social media, digital communication and publications;
  • liaise with other professional organisations to further its purpose; and
  • conduct any other activities or initiatives in furtherance of the purpose of ArbitralWomen.

  • ArbitralWomen Practitioners

    Find appropriate and qualified female women ADR practitioners and speakers with our multi-search criteria tool.

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  • Gender Equality

    ArbitralWomen promotes pledges and charters launched by other organisations that promote women practitioners in ADR.

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  • Young ArbitralWomen Practitioners

    Find appropriate and qualified young women ADR practitioners and speakers with our multi-search criteria tool.

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  • Mentorship Programme

    ArbitralWomen offers a mentorship programme for members to share their experience and strengthen the role of women in ADR.

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  • Events

    ArbitralWomen organises and publicises formal and informal events and gatherings, often in conjunction with major international conferences.

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  • Partners and Sponsors

    ArbitralWomen cooperates with ADR organisations and benefits from corporate sponsors who provide invaluable support for our activities. If your firm or organisation would like to support or partner with ArbitralWomen, send us a message under 'Contact Us'.

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  • Newsletter

    ArbitralWomen publishes a quarterly Newsletter available online featuring articles on interesting ADR or diversity-related developments, interviews of women role-models, news about ArbitralWomen activities, and other matters of interest for the dispute resolution community.

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  • AW News

    Follow our News to learn about ADR and diversity initiatives, developments, events and other useful information from across the world.

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  • News about AW Members

    ArbitralWomen celebrates its Members’ successes in News Alerts and on the News about ArbitralWomen Members.

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  • AW-Kluwer Arbitration Blog

    ArbitralWomen posts ADR-related contributions from its Members who are encouraged to blog and share their views on current issues in this field.

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  • Publications

    ArbitralWomen Members add their publications under their profile for inclusion in the searchable Publications Database.

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  • Moot Competitions

    ArbitralWomen supports student teams in moot competitions, where students learn international commercial law and arbitration, based on a mock dispute.

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  • Capacity Building Programmes

    ArbitralWomen provides financial support to help the next generation of women practitioners and engages in capacity building in ADR programmes.

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  • ArbitralWomen Connect

    ArbitralWomen Members take advantage of exciting opportunities to connect with colleagues, attend in-person and online events worldwide, participate in SpeedNet sessions, and connect with fellow Members.

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