Elizabeth Chan has recently been appointed as a Member of the ICC Task Force on Disability Inclusion in International Arbitration. The Task Force will be led by Simon Maynard and Todd Weiler. Its purpose will be to develop a set of guidelines to enable disability inclusion in international arbitration and to look at the ways in which the ICC can accommodate or adapt for anyone in the international arbitration community with specific needs for the way they work.

The guidelines, which are expected to be launched in 2022, will underscore the imperative to shift the burden from the person with a disability to ensure equal participation in conversations on how to advance inclusion, at all stages of the arbitration process as well as in other international arbitration activities and events.

This Task Force is one of the first initiatives of the President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration, Claudia Salomon, and represents the first effort by an arbitral institution to make dispute resolution more inclusive for people with disabilities.

On her appointment, Elizabeth stated, “I hope to contribute effectively to the Task Force as an ally to those whose lives are touched by disabilities in all its forms, and especially to support those in our profession who have significant care responsibilities for family members and friends with disabilities. I am passionate about building an international arbitration community that is truly accessible and inclusive for all”.

To find out more about this initiative, click here.


Elizabeth, an associate in the London office, specialises in international commercial and international investment treaty arbitration. She has represented both investors and States across various jurisdictions and has practised international arbitration in London, New York, and Hong Kong.

Elizabeth holds roles in several organisations focused on gender diversity, thought leadership in dispute resolution and prevention, and Asia, including as a Board Member of ArbitralWomen, a Committee member of the Asia-Pacific Forum on International Arbitration, a member of the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge’s Young Practitioners Subcommittee, Secretary to the European Advisory Board for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), and member of the CPR’s Young Leaders in Alternative Dispute Resolution Steering Committee.

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