13 Nov 2017

Asia arbitration quarterly - Issue 2

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Hot on the heels of the 6th HK Arbitration Week we are pleased to attach the second edition of Stephenson Harwood’s Asia focused Arbitration Quarterly Digest.

As part of Hong Kong Arbitration Week’s activities, Stephenson Harwood hosted two events focusing on gender diversity in international arbitration. The first was a deliberately provocative debate under the title “This House believes there is nothing wrong with being pale, male and stale”. The motion was very ably proposed by Juliet Blanch of Arbitration Chambers and Mariel Dimsey of Hogan Lovells. Speaking against the motion were Gavan Griffith QC of Essex Court Chambers, who confessed to being closer to 100 than 50, and the comparatively young, Ben Hughes of Seoul National University Law School. The debate was moderated by Louis Flannery, Stephenson Harwood’s head of international arbitration. It was a light-hearted debate but it allowed participants to tackle the serious issues of gender imbalance in arbitration tribunals and the lack of women in senior positions in law firms.

The second event was a breakfast seminar held jointly with Arbitral Women where leading women arbitration practitioners shared experiences and challenged both women and men in the audience in their approach to appointments and dispute resolution. The panellists were: Louise Barrington Prof. Dr. Nayla Comair-Obeid, May Tai and Nassim Hooshmandnia, with Vanina Sucharitkul.

Stephenson Harwood is a staunch supporter of equal representation in arbitration and a signatory to The Pledge. The Pledge seeks to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators in order to achieve a fair representation as soon practically possible, with the ultimate goal of full parity.

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