2020 Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution

The Key to the Diversity Paradox in International Arbitration

Featuring Professor Catherine A. Rogers
February 4, 2020, at 12:10 pm
Saxbe Auditorium

Despite concentrated attention and concerted efforts, international arbitration still suffers from an acute lack of diversity among arbitrators. The international dispute resolution market has broadened to include newer and more diverse parties and counsel, yet the market for arbitrators remains stubbornly constricted. This talk will explore the reasons for this diversity paradox and identify the key to unlocking it.


About Professor Catherine A. Rogers

Catherine A. Rogers is a scholar of international arbitration and professional ethics at Penn State Law, with a rogersdual appointment as Professor of Ethics, Regulation, and the Rule of Law at Queen Mary, University of London, where she is also Co-Director of the Institute for Ethics and Regulation. Her scholarship focuses on the convergence of the public and private in international adjudication, the intersection of markets and regulation in guiding professional conduct, and on the reconceptualization of the attorney as a global actor. Professor Rogers teaches, lectures, and publishes on these topics around the world, including as an invited participant at two Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Fora.

Professor Rogers is a Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration. Among other appointments, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Lagos Court of Arbitration, the International Advisory Board of the Vienna International Arbitration Centre, the Geneva Center for International Dispute Settlement (CIDS) Academic Forum on ISDS, and Oxford University Press’ Investment Claims Advisory Board.  Professor Rogers co-chaired the ICCA-Queen Mary Task Force on Third-Party Funding in International Arbitration, and is the founder of Arbitrator Intelligence, a global information aggregator and legal tech start-up that aims at improving transparency, fairness, and accountability in arbitrator selection. Professor Rogers also regularly engages in capacity-building activities to promote international dispute resolution and the rule of law in developing and emerging economies.

Before entering academia, Professor Rogers clerked for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and practiced international litigation and arbitration in New York, Hong Kong, and San Francisco.

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The Schwartz Lecture on Dispute Resolution was established in 1992 as a result of the generosity of the late Stanley Schwartz Jr. (a 1947 Moritz College of Law graduate) and the Schwartz family. Each lecture is published in the interdisciplinary Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, in keeping with Mr. Schwartz’s interest in the promotion of scholarly publication in the area of dispute resolution.

Previous Schwartz lectures can be found here