Upcoming event: International Women’s Day (CIArb)

IMI are delighted to be a supporting organisation for CIArb’s upcoming International Women’s Day event. While naturally its focus is on arbitration, we are sure that mediators and other dispute resolution professionals will be able to both contribute to the conversation and learn valuable takeaways for their own practice.

This year’s keynote speech will be delivered by Amanda J. Lee FCIArb and is entitled Children of the Revolution: Boldly going towards new gender diversity frontiers in international arbitration. The keynote lecture will be followed by a panel discussion.

The creators of Star Trek dared to imagine a future in which gender and race were non-issues – a future in which anyone could take their place on the bridge and reach (for) the stars. That future is within our grasp, but the path to gender equality in international arbitration is one with many steps. This lecture will reflect on some of the hard-won victories achieved by the pioneers of gender diversity in international arbitration and explore where the remaining challenges lie as we head towards our final frontier – true gender equality. How can the next generation of arbitration leaders and the generations that follow, the ‘children’ of the gender diversity revolution, make sure that hard-won progress is not lost and keep us moving boldly forward?  

Laura Skillen

Posted by Laura Skillen

Laura is part-time Executive Director at IMI. She is also a full-time PhD Researcher in International Relations at the University of Kent in Brussels, where she investigates 'how blame makes villains in politics', encompassing work on rhetoric, emotions, and polarisation.

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