BLP seeks views on tribunal diversity

BLP seeks views on tribunal diversity

Businesswoman typing on laptop at workplace Woman working in home office hand keyboard.Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP (BLP)’s International Arbitration Group has issued its latest survey on arbitration user perceptions on various issues affecting the arbitration process. This year, the survey considers the issue of diversity among appointed arbitrators.

There has been an increased awareness of this issue in recent years, particularly in relation to gender imbalance. However, the diversity debate does not begin and end with gender. Not only are the majority of international arbitrators male, they are also perceived to be predominantly white and from a relatively small number of jurisdictions.

BLP are seeking views on these and other related issues by requesting responses to 16 short questions in a survey. The survey can be found here. All responses will be treated as confidential and a report on the results of the survey will be circulated to all participants.

BLP’s 2015 survey considered the use of arbitral secretaries. Carol Mulcahy discussed the survey’s results in an article for our service—see here.

Source: Press Release: Diversity on arbitral tribunals: your views

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Barry specialises in international arbitration and commercial litigation. He trained and practised at Jones Day before joining Pinsent Masons. At LexisNexis, Barry is Head of Arbitration and Head of the Lexis®PSL Dispute Resolution Group.

In practice, Barry’s work included commercial, aviation and technology arbitrations pursuant to international arbitral rules, involving UK and international clients. He also has a background in general commercial, civil fraud and IT litigation, including experience before the High Court. While in private practice, Barry worked with a broad range of clients from the private and public sectors.

At LexisNexis, when not focused on the strategic development and operational requirements of the Dispute Resolution Group, Barry’s content work focuses on the law and practice of international commercial arbitration and investment treaty arbitration. In addition to his work for Lexis®PSL, Barry contributes to the LexisNexis Dispute Resolution Blog and New Law Journal on litigation and arbitration matters