On 18 May 2016, the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, of which Caroline Duclercq is a member of the Steering Committee, was launched.
The Pledge is signed by a group of counsel, arbitrators, representatives of corporates, states, arbitral institutions, academics and others involved in the practice of international arbitration, who are “committed to improving the profile and representation of women in arbitration“, including in arbitrator appointments.
They thus undertake to take the steps reasonably available to them “to ensure that, wherever possible:
- committees, governing bodies and conference panels in the field of arbitration include a fair representation of women;
- lists of potential arbitrators or tribunal chairs provided to or considered by parties, counsel, in-house counsel or otherwise include a fair representation of female candidates;
- states, arbitral institutions and national committees include a fair representation of female candidates on rosters and lists of potential arbitrator appointees, where maintained by them;
- where they have the power to do so, counsel, arbitrators, representatives of corporates, states and arbitral institutions appoint a fair representation of female arbitrators;
- gender statistics for appointments (split by party and other appointment) are collated and made publicly available; and
- senior and experienced arbitration practitioners support, mentor/sponsor and encourage women to pursue arbitrator appointments and otherwise enhance their profiles and practice.“
To take the Pledge, please clic here.
The website dedicated to the Pledge is available here.