Scottish Arbitration Centre supports Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge



Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, signing the Pledge at its launch in London
Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive of the Scottish Arbitration Centre, signing the Pledge at its launch in London

The Scottish Arbitration Centre has welcomed the introduction of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge and Andrew Mackenzie, chief executive of the centre, signed the pledge at its official launch in London on 18 May. The pledge aims to increase the representation of women in arbitration and to encourage the appointment of women as arbitrators on an equal opportunity basis.

Jackie van Haersolte-van Hof, director general of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), first called for such a pledge in 2014 at the ICCA Congress in Miami, at which Mr Mackenzie was present to hear her speak on gender equality in arbitration. Dr van Haersolte-van Hof was also the guest writer in the centre’s quarterly newsletter the following year. Her article on diversity can be viewed here.

The pledge aims to ensure that:

  • 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.

The full text of the pledge can be viewed here. A commentary on the pledge, including a list of the steering committee members, can be viewed here.

Mr Mackenzie said: “I am delighted to sign the Pledge on behalf of the Scottish Arbitration Centre and the International Centre for Energy Arbitration (ICEA), our energy arbitration project with CEPMLP at the University of Dundee.

“The Scottish Arbitration Centre is committed to improving diversity in arbitration. Our ICCA bid advisory panel has 30 per cent female members, including Rashda Rana SC, president of ArbitralWomen; we have 40 per cent women on our board; our Arbitral Appointments Committee for ad hocappointments has more than 50 per cent female members, with Juliet Blanch chairing the international sub-committee; and 75 per cent of our staff are women.”