REAL - Racial Equality
for Arbitration Lawyers

What is REAL ?

Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers (REAL).

REAL is a group of global lawyers practicing in international arbitration and striving to achieve racial equality for arbitration lawyers.

We posit to you: If not here, then where?

This is one of the most dynamic, international and diverse fields to work in law – where our love of international law and cross-border disputes naturally mix an array of identities, cultures, and languages, in addition to many other factors.

Race and REAL stand at the center of this roundabout, where each member is an anchor.  Together we will achieve dialogue, action, and change.


We are open to everyone! Please consider joining us!

We are an organization looking at the representation of underrepresented groups in international arbitration. If you fall into one such category, feel free to join us 😊.

The good news? Since we are a body advocating for “access” we do not charge a membership fee. All we request is that you become an active member and help facilitate the cause for greater representation in international arbitration.

We are especially focused on issues of intersectionality (i.e., possessing more than one attribute of diversity).

So, have you signed up for REAL? If not, please sign up.  Remember, everyone is WELCOME!!!


We also welcome all allies. If you fall into this category, you are most welcome 😊.
To sign up,please provide your information below


  • #letsgetreal (who we are, what we do)
  • #therealdeal (member profiles)
  • #realtalk (interviews, honest dialogue) / #real-ly?
  • #realchoice (diversity materials, state of play, shifting norms) / #real-ity
  • #realopportunity (mentorship, scholarships)
  • #realsuccess (member success stories)
  • #realinclusion (intersectionality, diversity defined broadly)

Mohamed S. Abdel Wahab

Partner, Zulficar & Partners (Egypt)

San Funke Adekoya

Partner, ÁELEX (Nigeria)

Cecilia Azar Manzur

Partner, Galicia Abogados (Mexico)

Crina Baltag

Senior Lecturer, Stockholm University (Sweden)

Chiann Bao

Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Chambers (Hong Kong)

Louise Barrington

Independent Arbitrator, Arbitration Place (Canada)

Christopher Campbell

Visiting Counsel, Baker Hughes (United States)

Eleonora Coelho

Secretary General, CAM-CCBC (Brazil)

Earl Rivera-Dolera

Independent Arbitrator, The Arbitration Chambers (Singapore)

Kabir Duggal

Senior International Arbitration Advisor, Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP (United States)

Mélida Hodgson

Partner, Jenner & Block LLP (United States)

Mansi Karol

Director, AAA-ICDR (United States)

Sara Koleilat-Aranjo

Senior Associate, Al Tamimi & Co (United Arab Emirates)

Jaroslav Kudrna

Legal Advisor, Ministry of Finance, Czech Republic (Czech Republic)

Dana C. MacGrath

Investment Manager and Legal Counsel, Omni Bridgeway Limited (United States)

Tafadzwa Pasipanodya

Partner, Foley Hoag (United States)

Mirèze Philippe

Special Counsel, International Chamber of Commerce Court of Arbitration (ICC) (France)

Rekha Rangachari

Executive Director, NYIAC (United States)

Rana Sajjad Ahmed

President, CIICA (Pakistan)

Nancy Thevenin

General Counsel, USCIB (United States)

Fernando A. Tupa

Partner, Curtis Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP (Argentina)

Salim Sleiman

Senior Case Manager, BCDR-AAA (Bahrain)

Garima Tyagi


Mohit Mahla



• SG1: To focus on racial equality and representation of other unrepresented groups within any country that deals with international arbitration.


• SG3: To consider the special problem posed by intersectionality when it comes to diversity and inclusion.
• SG5: To collaborate with and support other initiatives that deal with diversity and inclusion towards making international arbitration equitable for all participants.
SG2: To focus on racial equality and representation of other unrepresented groups in international arbitration at an international level more generally.
• SG4: To create a platform to recognize and address issues of systemic discrimination and implicit bias in international arbitration.


• SG6: To create a safe space for under-represented groups in international arbitration to discuss problems and challenges they face.


• Incorporation & Governance

• Community Building & Networking
- Pipeline Initiatives & Mentorship
- Arbitral Appointments

• Newsletter & Blog

• Conferences & Events

• Website & Content Clearinghouse.

• Marketing & Social Media Campaigns

• Membership

• Fundraising


Access to this “arbitration club,” where we each represent different racial platforms across different jurisdictions, to open the door to more practitioners. One avenue is to address the socio-economic limitation for many entering our field with a focus on community building for young and mid-level practitioners.

To this end and unless deemed necessary, we will not charge a membership fee to join REAL.

We have a series of initiatives to enable “access” to international arbitration:

We are in the process of creating a scholarship for our members to attend arbitration events and training courses.  {to be developed here}



To create a level-playing field, we want to share knowledge on international arbitration.  {we can have the opportunities below built out to separate pages}

To go ahead in life it is necessary to have mentors.  We therefore are in the process of developing a mentorship program.  {to be developed here}

We want to share events that deal with diversity and where our members participate {we can build all the links on a separate page that we add here}

{list events here}

If you have a show case an event relating to diversity or where our members are speaker, please contact us.

Representation and inclusion in all forms are important.  Together we are stronger. 

We want to share all other local, regional, and global efforts dealing with international arbitration.  {we can build all the links on a separate page that we add here}


{to add links to other initiatives with their URL.  Below are some more to add:

  • ADR Inclusion Network
  • ArbitralWomen (AW)
  • Committee for Racial Inclusion in International Arbitration (CRIA)
  • NY Group
  • ABA Women in Dispute Resolution (WIDR)
  • Equal Representation Pledge in International Arbitration
  • Blacks in American Society of International Law BASIL}


If you have a diversity initiative that you would like us to share, please contact us. 

Advocacy to build awareness and spotlight the absence of racial diversity in our field. A second avenue is to address the lack of racial parity in arbitral appointments with a focus on community building with stakeholders — arbitral institutions, law firms, clients, third party funders, expert shops, and onwards.

Where we conceive of a relevant nexus, we build cooperation, and create change therewith.

#REALPARTNERS {institutional partners} {law firm partners}

Creating an inclusive environment requires participation from everyone involved.  Institutions have generally been on the forefront of supporting diversity initiatives.  REAL is proud of collaborate with the following institutions and law firms to deal with representation of underrepresented groups in international arbitration:

{to add institutions and their logos}

{to add law firms and their logos}



We are open to everyone! Please contact us!

To sign up,please provide your information below


We are open to everyone! Please sign up!