How pale male and stale is the world of international dispute resolution
In this edition of the University of Portsmouth's Interdisciplinary Webinar Series Research Futures Leïla Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Director of the University of Portsmouth Thematic Area in Democratic Citizenship hosts a presentation by Lise Alm, Head of Business Development, Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce.
Arbitration is the foremost international method of resolving commercial disputes. Disputes worth billions of dollars are each year resolved in arbitration and access to this tool facilitates and enables cross-board investment and international trade. The world of arbitration is a heavily male dominated world, and the vast majority of the actors, most notable the arbitrators (judges), are white men.
One of the leading international institutions for arbitration is the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce (the SCC). The SCC has long since integrated a diversity perspective in its work. A new SCC survey on diversity in arbitrator appointments, reviewing 1251 appointments in 690 disputes, showed a positive trend and momentum. But it also showed that we have a long way to go before we reach equality in arbitrator appointments. Lise Alm will share insights from the report and discuss what can and is being done to increase diversity in this field, both when it comes to gender and other diversity markers.
Speaker’s BioLise Alm is a lawyer and business developer with a background in the tech community. She is Head of Business Development at the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce working with innovation, product development and communication. Her role includes analysing the future of international dispute resolution with a special focus on the intersection between dispute resolution and emerging technologies. With an M&A background both as external counsel and in-house at Spotify, business background heading the business department at other tech start-ups, and as a co-founder of two companies, she has spent most of her professional life navigating a male dominated world.