We are delighted to share the news that the European Commission has signed up to the Arbitration Pledge in respect of its trade and investment dispute settlement activities. The Executive Vice-President Valdis Dombrovskis confirmed the European Commission's adherence to the Pledge in a letter to the founder and co-chair of the Pledge Global Steering Committee, Sylvia Noury. In its first concrete application of the principles of the Pledge, the European Commission has today launched a recruitment drive intended to attract arbitrators for State-to-State dispute settlement and experts for trade and sustainable development related disputes.
For more information on both the European Commission's commitment to gender diversity and the recruitment process, see here.
We are pleased to report on the latest initiative by the ERA Pledge, the launch of the Pledge Corporate Guidelines on 26 November 2020. The Pledge Corporate Guidelines are a set of guidelines specifically designed for corporates to use to implement the diversity aims of the Pledge. The Pledge Corporate Guidelines can be found on the ERA Pledge website.
Balancing speed and quality – while controlling costs – is the central ambition of arbitral institutions. In an interactive discussion Stefano Azzali (CAM), Alice Fremuth-Wolf (VIAC), Annette Magnusson (SCC) and Francesca Mazza (DIS) shared their experiences on how to balance speed and quality in arbitral proceedings administered under their rules.
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