July 01, 2021

In this article, Mealey’s International Arbitration Report asked industry leaders for their thoughts on diversity among the arbitrators seated on international arbitration tribunals. Jenner & Block Partner Elizabeth Shimmin observed that “whether and to what extent diversity on tribunals panels is important to perceptions of fairness is likely to depend on the nature of the dispute and the type of diversity in question.” She concluded by noting that “there is an intrinsic value in diversifying the pool of arbitrators. We need not correlate diversity and fairness absolutely in order to recognise that value and to see the merit in continuing to pursue increased diversity in the pool of arbitrators available to serve the needs of an international business community and beyond.”