For years, there has been much lip service paid to diversity, without very much actually being done. In May, all that changed – with the launch 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.
This edition covers the launch of the Pledge at GAR Live London, with those who spearheaded the project explaining the thinking behind it. It may lead to longer queues for the ladies’ at arbitral hearing centres – which is currently not a problem, according to Sylvia Noury of Freshfields – but “we owe it to women and the future of the law”.
The month of May also saw a major step forward for diversity with the holding of the first ICCA Congress in Africa, in Mauritius.
Africans made up a high proportion of the speakers and delegates, and many of them, it was noted, were women.
ICCA Mauritius had as its theme the confluence of international arbitration and the rule of law. Our coverage features the major keynote addresses and focuses particularly on how international arbitration has contributed to building the rule of law in Africa – and rebuilding it in conflict-torn states.
Among the keynote speakers were UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and former director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mohamed El Baradei, whose eminence reflects how international arbitration is emerging from being an area of esoteric legal and academic interest to being a significant talking point in world affairs.
As Lord Hoffmann noted at the congress, the controversy over the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership means being involved in arbitration now leads to interest – or possible vilification – at dinner parties.
In our news section, we look back at the most staggering development of this year, the set aside of the US$50 billion Yukos arbitration awards by a court in The Hague. Years of appeals and wrangling over the enforceability of arbitral awards set aside at the seat look set to follow. GAR will follow every twist and turn.
In this magazine:
- The Pledge
- Welcome to AfrICCA
- Sergei Lebedev
- Robert von Mehren
- New energies and new rules
- Treaty-making in an era of treaty bashing
- Has the Supreme People’s Court resolved the rift between CIETAC and its former subcommissions?
- Removing an arbitrator for apparent bias – insights into the Cofely case
- Law shows potential for court network
- How is an agreement to arbitrate formed?