Herbert Smith Freehills Supports “The African Promise”

“International arbitration does not lack critics. A particularly common criticism is the absence of cultural and ethnic diversity among arbitrators. In the words of Sarah François-Poncet of Salans, some twenty years ago, the usual suspects are ‘pale, male, and stale’. Despite numerous initiatives to support and encourage diversity, and the diversification of the pools from.. read more →

Increasing the diversity of international arbitrators and lawyers

Statistics from the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes showed that 67% of the arbitrators appointed in cases were from Western Europe and North America, while only a combined 9% of arbitrators came from Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Africa and the Middle East (as of 31 December 2018). A recent article by the American.. read more →