New SCC statistics on appointments of female arbitrators

SCC now presents statistics on the share of women being appointed as arbitrators. The figures for 2015 show that the SCC in almost 27% of the cases appointed a woman as arbitrator.

The statistics are based on 279 appointments. In cases where the parties themselves appointed an arbitrator, a woman was appointed in 6.5% of cases. In one of the ten cases in which appointments were made by fellow arbitrators, a women was appointed (10%). In 2015, a total of 39 female arbitrators were appointed, and 70 % of these appointments were made by the SCC.

Statistics - appointment of female arbitrators at the SCC 2015 

Last Month, the SCC Chairperson Kaj Hobér and SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson jointly signed The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, an initiative to enhance diversity in international arbitration. Annette Magnusson is also a Member of the pledge's Steering Committe.

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The Appointment process

Decisions on the appointment of arbitrators are made by the SCC Board. SCC appoints both the chairperson, sole arbitrator, and the tribunal depending on the parties' agreement and preference. In deciding on the appointment, consideration is given to the party’s requests, arbitrator’s competence, and the scope and character of the dispute.