Claudia creates history, elected first woman ICC International Court of Arbitration president
Claudia Salomon breaches the male domain that lasted for nearly a century, triggering hope of better gender equality in international arbitration
Independent arbitrator Claudia Salomon has created history after she was elected President of the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
The incumbent Vice President of the ICC Court will take over from Alexis Mouree at the beginning of July 2021.
She was in the past associated as a partner with Latham & Watkins and DLA Piper. She had set up her boutique arbitrator-only practice Salomon Arbitration earlier this year.
This is the first time in almost 100 years of history that the ICC world council elected a woman to become its president. Mouree had taken over as the ICC Court president in 2015 from John Beechey and was instrumental in introducing a limitation of term lengths during his tenure. Mouree will return to his practice as an independent arbitrator after handing over the charge to his successor.
Dual-qualified in New York and London, Claudia Salomon had also previously served as co-chair of the ICC Commission on arbitration, the ADR task force on financial institutions and international arbitration. As a partner in Latham & Watkins New York office, she acted as global co-chair of international arbitration. She had quit the firm at the start of this year to set up her boutique practice.
She had taken a stand on key issues last week in the run-up to her election when speaking at a fireside chat at the ICC's Africa arbitration conference, she emphasized that inclusiveness and diversity would continue to be "the highest priority" on her agenda and that of the ICC Court.
Salomon has said that she would lead through both action and investment, working to ensure women in arbitration see the possibilities the ICC offers and for it to emphasise diversity, including a greater focus on lawyers with disabilities.