Laura França Pereira and Raymundo T. Treves recently authored a blog piece, “Promoting Gender Representation at the International Court of Justice”, as part of the Symposium on Gender Representation, hosted by GQUAL, a global campaign body that works to overcome the underrepresentation of women in international tribunals and monitoring bodies, and Opinio Juris, a blog dedicated to the informed discussion of international law by and among academics, practitioners, and legal experts.

The symposium was one of the promotional activities organised by GQUAL around the United Nations Report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on “Current levels of representation of women in human rights organs and mechanisms: ensuring gender balance” (available here). A team from Three Crowns assisted with the preparation of the Report in conjunction with REDRESS, a leading human rights organisation, and GQUAL. The Three Crowns team included Liz Snodgrass, Penny Martin, Laura França Pereira, Raymundo T. Treves, and Elizabeth Chan.

The article looked at the Report in the context of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), exploring current practices from regional and international courts, the nomination and election process for judges at the ICJ, and possible actions to promote gender representation at the Court.

To read the blog piece, please click here.


Laura, an associate in the Washington, DC office, specialises in international commercial and investor-State arbitration. She has experience acting in complex and high-value disputes across a range of sectors, including banking and finance, energy, oil and gas, infrastructure, and retail. Laura has acted in proceedings under a number of arbitration rules, including ICC, ICSID, UNCITRAL, and AAA-ICDR.

Laura holds an LLM from Harvard Law School and an LLB from University of São Paulo, where she graduated first in her class. She studied at Sciences Po Paris, as part of her Bachelor’s degree program, where she graduated summa cum laude.


Raymundo is an associate in the Paris office. He has experience in State-to-State, international commercial and investment treaty disputes, acting in arbitrations under a range of rules, including UNCITRAL, LCIA, ICSID, and ICC.

He has lectured on international arbitration at the University of Milan, the London School of Economics, and the University of Geneva, and is the author of several publications in international procedural law, including: “Preserving the Respective Rights of the Parties to the Dispute – The Ghana v. Cote d’Ivoire Order for Provisional Measures”. Raymundo graduated summa cum laude from the University of Milan and has an LL.M from New York University School of Law.

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