MESSAGE FROM THE EDITORS
Dear Friend and Colleague,
Welcome to the second issue of the Racial Equality for Arbitration Lawyers (“R.E.A.L.”) Newsletter!
Yes . . . the R.E.A.L. Newsletter . . . so nice, we had to do it twice!
And now, for you, a haiku:
We strive to showcase
To champion and amplify
All diverse voices
Before delving into this edition of the Newsletter, it would be remiss of us to not acknowledge Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the devastating effects it has had on innocent people globally. If recent times have taught us anything, it would be to never underestimate the willpower and courage of humanity, especially where one’s racial identity is in jeopardy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the displaced individuals and families harmed or affected by the conflict — we hope you remain safe and well, and are all able to reunite with your loved ones soon.
It is common knowledge that there is no single path to forging a career in international arbitration; however, the hardest task is sometimes knowing where to start and how to navigate the wide range of issues one may face during the initial stages. To showcase diverse voices in international arbitration and explore the arbitration practice across different regions, each edition of the next few issues of the R.E.A.L. Newsletter will feature the #REALSpotlights: a new section highlighting the journeys of a few arbitration practitioners from a range of jurisdictions in a geographic region. This edition of the R.E.A.L. Newsletter displays the stories of three (3) dazzling arbitration practitioners from the Caribbean region. Also featured in this issue are: (i) an article on Shirley Chisholm’s life as a trailblazer and the lessons for enhancing racial equality in arbitration, (ii) a re-cap of R.E.A.L.’s First Anniversary Celebration, (iii) a short reflection from the Jus Mundi X R.E.A.L. Scholarship recipients, (iv) updates from each of the R.E.A.L. Committees, and (v) (your favorite) #R.E.A.L.Trivia.
Through this quarterly publication, we continue to construct a more equal, inclusive, and cooperative international arbitration practice by showcasing and championing underrepresented groups in international arbitration. The Newsletter (with the R.E.A.L. Blog) will amplify the many voices of underrepresented international arbitration professionals, increase accessibility to the arbitration field, and continue to lay the groundwork for making arbitration more equal for new generations of international arbitration practitioners and scholars.
And R.E.A.L. has been able to accomplish this because of you and your support. We are tremendously grateful and blessed to have YOU as a member of R.E.A.L.! We hope you consider contributing to the next issue! If you are interested in submitting content or providing feedback on the R.E.A.L. Newsletter (or the R.E.A.L. Blog), please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
R.E.A.L. Newsletter & Blog Committee
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