Gender on the International Bench
How to increase gender balance at international adjudication institutions? SCC will join the discussions at a conference on the theme “Gender on the International Bench” in the Hague in January 2018.
The conference is a part of the Workshop Series “Identity on the International Bench” hosted by Leiden University in collaboration with the University of Oslo. The aim is to analyse causes and effects of the lack of women judges on international benches. Among the topics are:
- Generating incentives to appoint women on the international bench
- Achieving gender diversity for party-appointed adjudicators
- Explaining gender gap in international arbitration
- Women in ISDS and their Impact on Human Rights Analysis
- Gender on the Agenda: Perspectives from African Women Judges
The speakers represent women who have served or are serving on prominent international benches, among others Rosemary Barkett, judge for US-Iran Claims Tribunal, Valerie Hughes, former Director of the WTO Appellate Body Secretariat, Fatumata Dembélé Diarra, former Judge at the International Criminal Court. Meanwhile, SCC Secretary General Annette Magnusson will be sharing SCC experiences on bridging the gender gap from arbitral institution’s perspectives.
The SCC is involved in various initiatives aiming to increase gender balance in the field of international arbitration. One example is the Swedish Women in Arbitration Network (SWAN), a network for women with an interest in arbitration. Another is the signing of The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, a call for the international arbitration community to commit to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators.