When the first six names and the corresponding information were released in June 2016, the snapshot of arbitrator appointment at the time was surprisingly young, and surprisingly female: At that point in time, six sole arbitrators had been appointed, three of them were women. Looking at the biographies on the website of the arbitrators, the majority – both male and female – of them struck me as young (at least by the standards of the arbitration community, and using graduation and bar admittance dates as proxies for age).
It certainly was not a result I had expected. On the other hand, it was hardly a surprise that the first cases all featured sole arbitrators. Almost by definition, the appointment process for a sole arbitrator must be faster than in the case of a three member tribunal.
From a statistical point of view, that first set of cases clearly was not a robust representation of any trends. I rather arbitrarily decided to do some number crunching, once the threshold of 50 arbitrators has been exceeded. This is now the case: As of today, data is available for 30 ICC arbitration proceedings and 54 arbitrators. My analysis has been published today over at the Kluwer Arbitration Blog. I looked at who appointed whom, at arbitrator nationalities and backgrounds, and of course at the share of women arbitrators – check it out!