DIS-ERA Pledge Gender Champion Initiative

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The Initiative

The DIS-ERA Pledge Gender Champion Initiative was brought into being by DIS and Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge (ERA Pledge) in October 2019. Based on the work of ERA Pledge, the pilot project aims at encouraging gender equality in international arbitration.   

Participating firms and organisations are asked to nominate a person acting as Gender Champion within their organisation. The Gender Champions monitor the appointments of female and male arbitrators made upon nomination by their firms. The statistical data collected by the Gender Champions remain within their firms and will not be recorded or published.  

The idea behind the Gender Champion Initiative is the effectiveness of statistical self-monitoring, aiming to raise awareness for gender equality in international arbitration. The Gender Champions exchange their experiences in conference calls regularly held with DIS and ERA Pledge. The goal is to set up a global network of Gender Champions, thereby increasing awareness for gender equality on an international level.

A number of Gender Champions have already signed up for the initiative. The kick-off call launching the initiative took place at the beginning of February 2020.

DIS Statistics on Arbitral Appointments for 2023

DIS is signatory to the ERA Pledge and collects and publishes statistical data on arbitral appointments in DIS-administered arbitration proceedings. Find out more about DIS’ engagement with equal representation in arbitration here.

You can find the statistics in the section "About us - Our work in numbers".

The Gender Champions

The following Gender Champions are already on board of the DIS-ERA Pledge Gender Champion Initiative:

Linklaters Anke Krause 
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Gräfin Franziska Grote 
GSK Stockmann                                           Karen Papenfuß
Baker & McKenzie                                        Lisa Reiser and Jürgen Schramke
Seven Summits Arbitration                          Gebhard Bücheler and Martina Magnarelli
Allen & Overy                                                  Eileen Loebig
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer                  Carsten Wendler and Stuti Gadodia
Heidbrink                                                         Alfried Heidbrink
White & Case                                                 Christian M. Theissen and Natalia Filandrianou
Noerr                                                                Jennifer Bryant and Lucie Gerhardt
Gleiss Lutz                                                       Andrea Leufgen
Hogan Lovells                                                  Liv Jores
Schmitt Reichert Partners                             Nathalie Lengert
Taylor Wessing                                               Donata Freiin von Enzberg
Clifford Chance Jan Conrady and Ann-Kathrin Wieland-Fröhlich
Clyde & Co Europe Georg Scherpf, Anna Falk, Styliani Ampatzi and Katia Rener
Mayer Brown Marjorie Viera
Gantenberg Dispute Experts Ulrike Gantenberg and Céline Brune
Airbus SAS Alma Forgó
ADVANT Beiten Helena Thiel and Tobias Pörnbacher
LALIVE Nina Melzer
DLA Piper Christine Merkel
Rose & Partner Caroline von Götz
Baumann Resolving Disputes Kathrin Asschenfeldt

The ICCA Task Force’s Report

The DIS-ERA Pledge Gender Champion Initiative is also included in the Report of the ICCA Cross-Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings which has just been published on Kluwer Arbitration. The Report shares a vision of how gender diversity can progress in the field of international arbitration. DIS is a member of the Task Force and has contributed its own statistics to the Report. For more information on the Report please find the ICCA Press Release here „ICCA Press Release dated 28 July 2020“. The Report itself can be found here.


The concept paper of the DIS-ERA Pledge Gender Champion Initiative can be found here.

In case of questions or remarks please contact:

Mariana Candido de Oliveira Monteiro

Website of the ERA Pledge: http://www.arbitrationpledge.com/

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