8 September 2021

MEDIA RELEASE: Gender diversity and Singapore Convention both imperative for Resolution Institute

8 September 2021

The CEO of Resolution Institute, Ms. Amber Williams, has told the National Mediators Conference, to be held online this week, that determinative areas of dispute resolution, together with commercial mediation in Australia needs to improve gender diversity if it is to remain competitive with the rest of the world. She also told the conference that Australia must become a party to the Singapore Convention in order to improve Australia’s relationships with some of the world’s largest economies and trade partners.

As Singapore holds the “Singapore Convention week” this week, Resolution Institute believes that now more than ever the Convention will make international mediation a more attractive dispute resolution mechanism and will improve the profile and legitimacy of cross border mediations.

“Becoming a party to the convention will also mean joining the 54 signatories to the Convention including some of the largest economies in the world such as China and India. Not only will becoming a party to the Convention improve Australia’s global reputation as a place of international business, but it will especially improve Australia’s relationships in Asia,” said Ms. Williams.

“Gender diversity in Dispute Resolution is another important issue which needs urgent attention, and it is imperative that we focus on considering the diversity profile of our members, and dispute resolution community more broadly particularly in commercial mediation and arbitration and other forms of determinative Dispute Resolution,” said Ms. Williams.

Resolution Institute is taking active steps to improve diversity in nominations and appointments made by Resolution Institute and, pleasingly, is also seeing an increased use of female arbitrators by disputing parties. The issue is broader than appointments and extends beyond gender, but there is more that can be done to guide and promote best practice in this area including a pledge, similar to the global arbitration pledge, that could be drafted for dispute resolution providers in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand to sign up to. 

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