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Publication Date: 24 October 2022
Language: English
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    Alexis Mourre and diversity

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    At the close of Alexis' presidency of the ICC Court, many innovations which he launched sprang to the mind which, as Heracles' labours, appeared if not impossible, at least quite difficult at the outset. Among these, the enhancement of diversity was one Alexis set his mind on, long before it became today's fashionable topic for publications, lectures and panel discussions. And he promptly put his money where his mouth was.

    Upon taking office in 2015, he immediately doubled the number of female vice-presidents of the Court, creating in a single move gender parity in his Bureau. Striving to increase also the number of female arbitrators, he encouraged national committees and groups of ICC to favour gender diversity in their proposals of arbitrators. In spring 2016, the Court for the first time included in its annual statistics figures on the gender balance in ICC tribunals— transparency being another action field of Alexis—and became one of the first signatories of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge. The 2020 statistics show that the Court (which generally appoints only 25% to 30% of all ICC arbitrators), appointed in that year 40% of all women sitting in ICC arbitrations. According to the Report of the Cross-Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings, the number of female appointees in ICC arbitrations more than doubled during Alexis' presidency between 2015 and 2019, from 10% to 21%. The latest statistics indicate that this latter percentage increased further in 2020 to 23%.

    In parallel, Alexis also worked on the rejuvenation of the Bureau and of the pool of arbitrators, specifically inviting the national committees to propose new and/or young arbitrators. The fact that an arbitral appointment implies quality and experience of the appointee and trust of the nominating party or appointing institution, cannot be an excuse to bar the entrance to newcomers: every arbitrator has received a first

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