Published 24 April 2017
(revised 08/05/2017, updated stats to include end of April 2017) The international dispute resolution community is well aware of ArbitralWomen’s efforts related to gender equality and to raising awareness about biases, and of the Equal Representation in Arbitration (ERA) Pledge launched in 2016. Last year, the major dispute resolution organisations published statistics about female arbitrators appointed by their organisations, including ICC. It is fascinating to see how rapidly minds have evolved in the last three years and how the gender issue is, in addition to no longer being taboo, an important issue that dispute resolution stakeholders have clearly assimilated. To keep up with this evolution, the dispute resolution community must continue raising awareness about under-representation of female dispute resolution practitioners and making efforts towards change.
The only way to measure change is to collate and publish statistics year after year. In spite of the extremely slow progress that the author has criticised when discussing on various occasions the evolution of female representation in the last thirty years, progress has been increasingly visible in recent years as demonstrated by the statistics published by the major dispute resolution organisations. The statistics reveal the efforts undertaken and are encouraging.
Measuring the progress of diversity and transparency will first be discussed with the statistics on female arbitrators appointed by ICC in 2016 (I), and second through other initiatives recently celebrated (II).