Changes Afoot, But Work Remains For Diversity In Arbitration

By Caroline Simson (April 5, 2017, 3:47 PM EDT) -- Gender diversity took center stage nearly a year ago when stakeholders in international arbitration signed a pledge to increase the number of female appointed arbitrators, and while diversity proponents say there's been improvement in recent years, work still remains.

International arbitration was historically perceived as an "old boys' club" since male arbitrators received the vast majority of appointments and a woman working as lead counsel in an international arbitration proceeding was a rarity. And, perhaps uniquely in the legal realm, the lack of gender diversity in international arbitration remains a concern even today.

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