One year after the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge* was launched, statistics are showing an increase in the number of women arbitrators appointed. The International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) reported a marked growth in the number of women arbitrators appointed in ICC arbitrations. The number of women arbitrators appointed in 2016 was 209 compared to 136 in 2015: a rise of 4.4 per cent to 14.8 per cent of total appointments. (Source). Lucy Greenwood of Greenwood Arbitration puts these figures into context by publishing the results of her research into the data which reveal that in 2010, only 6 per cent of appointed arbitrators were women. (Source)

Since the launch of the Pledge, the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA) has also reported a marked rise in awareness of gender diversity and instigated various activities to support the Pledge. For example, the LCIA suggests that counsel send profiles of potential arbitrator candidates to their client without disclosing gender; or that encouragement be given to those who hold databases to make sure that women are represented and to present women’s profiles in the same manner as men's.

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This article was co-authored by Dan Boyle, partner in the International Arbitration Team and Tracey Summerell, practice development lawyer in the Construction Team.