Nicola Peart, an associate in the Washington, DC office of Three Crowns, will be a featured panellist on an Australian Arbitration Week session, “Diversity in arbitral proceedings: opportunities and challenges in the wake of remote work and virtual hearings.” The event, organised by the Australian Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (ACICA) and hosted by Corrs Chambers Westgarth, will take place on Thursday, 15 October, from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm AEDT (7:30 to 9:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, 14 October).

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Following the recent publication of the Cross-Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings Report, the panellists will discuss the current state of gender diversity in arbitral processes, not only among qualified arbitrator candidates, but also within the ranks of external and in-house counsel, parties who appoint arbitrators, and appointing authorities.  They will also explore the benefits of diversity, ways of increasing diversity, and the future of diversity – particularly in the time of remote working arrangements and virtual hearings.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Stocktake: where we are and how far we’ve come
  • Why diversity? Does it lead to better outcomes for Parties?
  • Barriers to achieving greater diversity
  • What steps can we take now to increase diversity
  • New opportunities in the time of remote work and virtual hearings



Peart, an English-qualified barrister, represents States and private parties before a variety of international courts and tribunals. She has acted as counsel in commercial, investment, and ad hoc arbitrations, and has appeared as counsel before the International Court of Justice (ICJ). She also advises and represents parties in arbitration-related court matters and has appeared before the UK Supreme Court.

Peart is a member of the Cross-Institutional Task Force on Gender Diversity in Arbitral Appointments and Proceedings and the Legal Secretary to the Ethics Commission of the International Tennis Federation (ITF). She has an active pro bono practice advising and representing developing countries and NGOs.

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