Debevoise & Plimpton LLP partner Wendy J. Miles QC has accepted the “Best Development” award from Global Arbitration Review (“GAR”) in her capacity as co-chair of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge (“the Arbitration Pledge”).
The initiative was recognised at the GAR Awards 2017 ceremony in Milan, Italy. The category is decided by a vote amongst GAR readers, and recognizes the most significant developments in the evolution of international arbitration around the world. The Arbitration Pledge beat a strong field of 17 other projects to take the accolade.
Ms. Miles is the current co-chair of the Arbitration Pledge. Formally launched in 2016, the initiative sees law firms, corporations, arbitral institutions and government bodies sign up to taking practical steps to improve the profile and representation of women in international arbitration. This includes seeking to increase, on an equal opportunity basis, the number of women appointed as arbitrators in order to achieve a fair representation as soon practically possible, with the ultimate goal of full parity.
As of the end of February 2017, 1,679 individuals and organisations were signed up to the pledge.
Ms. Miles has played a central role in the Arbitration Pledge from the outset, having been a founding member of its steering committee before taking up the role of co-chair of the initiative.
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