Lewiatan Court of Arbitration organized three seminars for women - prospective arbitrators. The seminars were a part of the project entitled “Promotion of Amicable Methods of Commercial Dispute Resolution” being carried out by the Lewiatan Arbitration Court. The seminars were conducted by Miréze Philippe, Special Counsel of the International Court of Arbitration of the ICC and President of ArbitralWomen.
Even though there are no national qualification or licensing requirements for arbitrators, being an arbitrator requires some experience and knowledge regarding arbitral proceedings, examination of arbitration clauses (e.g. identifying jurisdiction) and of arbitration disclosures, aspects of independence of arbitrators, or drafting of decisions - all these issues are “a must” for every prospective arbitrator. The seminar had the interactive character of a workshop, drawing upon the experience of the Lewiatan Arbitration Court and the International Chamber of Commerce. It is addressed to women so as to enhance their involvement in arbitration.
The seminars were held in Warsaw on 12 March 2010, 12 May 2010 and in Cracow on 27 September 2010. They were led by Miréze Philippe, Special Counsel at the ICC Court of Arbitration and the Co-President of ArbitralWomen (www.arbitralwomen.org) and by Dr Beata Gessel-Kalinowska vel Kalisz, arbitrator and Vice-President of the Lewiatan Court of Arbitration and partner at GESSEL Attorneys at Law. Due to truly interactive character of the seminar, the attendance must have been limited to a maximum of ten participants.
The seminars were addressed to women lawyers – practitioners as well as academics – with knowledge of dispute resolution and a minimum of five years of professional experience who wish to purse arbitration practice. Participation in the seminars was free of charge; it was financed by the European Social Fund of the European Union.