First Report on gender diversity in arbitration

Gender diversity in arbitral tribunals is increasing and has doubled over the past four years. But there is room for improvement.

In July the Cross-Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings announced the release of its Report on Gender Diversity in Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings. It is published as the eighth volume of the International Council for Commercial Arbitration (ICCA) Reports Series.

The report shows that gender diversity in arbitral tribunals is increasing and has doubled over the past four years, mostly as a result of the efforts of arbitral institutions to increase the number of female arbitrators.  However, in 2019 women still comprise only just over 21% of all arbitrator appointees. There is room for improvement.

- This is the first comprehensive Report of its kind on the progress of women in international arbitration - and which shares a vision for how we move forward, says Chair of the Tast Force, Carolyn Lamm.
- I am tremendously grateful for everyone’s efforts and am confident the Report will make a difference on this issue of importance.

The Cross-Institutional Task Force, assembled in 2019, bringing together representatives of 18 leading international arbitration institutions. The SCC was represented in the Task Force by Patricia Shaughnessy, former vice chair of the SCC Board and Founder of the ICAL Master Program, Stockholm University.

The Report is a collaberation with initiatives like the the Pledge, ArbitralWomen and leading firms and institutions worldwide like Three Crowns, White & Case, Freshfields, ICCA and many others.

Annette Magnusson, Secretary General at SCC, welcomes the Report.

- This report is an important contribution towards a better balance in arbitrator appointments going forward, and also a reminder to all of us that there is still work left to be done.

Read the Report on Kluwer Arbitration




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