The event will focus on discussing why a directory of women arbitrators is a useful tool to increase gender diversity in arbitration and what other tools can we use to achieve this objective.
- Lucy Reed, arbitrator based in New York specializing in investor-State and complex international commercial disputes. She is President of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) and a Vice President of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre Court.
- Dana MacGrath, Investment Manager and Legal Counsel at Omni Bridgeway with expertise in international arbitration third-party financing and she is President of Arbitral Women.
- Lucia Olavarría, ICC YAF Latin America representative, Partner at Quiñonez Alayza Abogados.
- Marianella Ventura, Secretary of the Lima Chambers of Commerce.
We will explore the topics described below:
- Welcome / Introduction by Moderator
- Topic 1 – Acknowledging the Problem
- Why is gender diversity a problem in international arbitration – what are the disadvantages of having a non-diverse panel? why is diversity important?
- Discuss the main initiatives taken globally like the Pledge, Arbitrator Intelligence, among others.
- What are the biggest obstacles to getting female appointed as arbitrators? implicit bias, lack of experience, etc.
- Topic 2 – Importance of Having a Database
- Do you think having a database of female arbitrators may help to promote diversity in arbitration?
- What is the role of arbitration institutions in helping to update and promote this database?
- What other information you think may be useful to include in the database?
- Topic 3 – Other successful initiatives
- What are the main factors that have proven to help to increase diversity in arbitration?
- How can we replicate those initiatives both in domestic and international arbitration?