The AAA-ICDR® is the global leader in conflict management with core values of integrity and service. Our integrity demands impartial and fair treatment of all people with whom we come in contact, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, religion, sexual orientation, or other characterization. Our conflict management services put into practice our goal for the resolution of disputes between parties with different perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds. Because of the breadth of the ICDR's work and the global reach of its services, we recognize the importance and contribution of a diverse work force, a diverse Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, a diverse Board, and we commit to respect and increase diversity in all our endeavors.
The ICDR is a signatory to the Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge, which reflects a commitment to increase the number of female arbitrators in the international dispute resolution field. As a signatory to the Pledge and as part of the ICDR’s ongoing commitment to the equal representation of women in arbitration, the ICDR maintains and makes publicly available statistics regarding the number of female arbitrator appointments in ICDR arbitrations as well as the number of women on ICDR’s Roster.
- Specifically recruits and invites diverse arbitrators and mediators each year.
- Includes diversity as a default criteria for every list of arbitrators created for parties.
- Maintains diversity within its educational programs’ faculty and advisory committee members.
- Endorses and supports a number of organizations that promote diversity in the international dispute resolution community.
- Deliberately seeks to expand, invite, and include individuals who want to be a part of the international dispute resolution community.
The AAA® and the ICDR® created the AAA-ICDR A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. Fellows Program ("AAA-ICDR Higginbotham Fellows Program") in 2009 to provide training, mentorship, and networking opportunities to up-and-coming diverse dispute resolution professionals who historically have not been included in meaningful participation in the field of dispute resolution. The AAA-ICDR Higginbotham Fellows Program is a one-year program designed to offer the full breadth of the AAA-ICDR resources to emerging diverse dispute resolution professionals. The program has resulted in the addition of many alumni to panels of the AAA and ICDR.