Check out the latest episode of The Arbitration Conversation where Amy Schmitz interviews Ben Davis about diversity in arbitration. One of Ben's quotes from the interview:
"Last week [ICCA (the International Council of Commercial Arbitration)] announced they have a Diversity and Inclusion policy with several documents and a press release... so when I saw that this came out... I snickered, because I've known ICCA for a long time, and I really really felt that, how to put it this way, the best way to describe my reaction to this is to say -- what is the comment -- get your knee off my neck! OK? Get your knee off my neck for any blacks in international commercial arbitration."
Thank you, Ben, for your frankness and honesty on this important topic for the future of the international arbitration field.
Professor Benjamin Davis, a faculty member at the University of Toledo School of Law since 2003 and tenured since 2008, is a graduate of Harvard College (B.A.), Harvard Law School (J.D), and Harvard Business School (M.B.A.) where he was articles editor of the Harvard International Law Journal. Professor Davis teaches in the areas of Contracts, Commercial Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Arbitration, Public International Law, International Business Transactions, and 3L Extended Bar Preparation. Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Davis was an associate professor at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (now Texas A&M University School of Law). Between 1983 and 1986, he worked in Paris, France as a development consultant in West Africa, and as a strategic business consultant with Mars & Co in Europe. In 1986, he became the American Legal Counsel at the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) where he supervised directly or indirectly over 5000 international commercial arbitration and mediation cases, made filings before courts around the world on behalf of the ICC, assisted with the drafting of arbitration laws in countries such as India and Sri Lanka, and led conferences in Eastern and Western Europe, North America, and Asia. In 1996, he was promoted to director, conference programmes and manager of the Institute of World Business Law where he organized training sessions on international contracts, dispute resolution, project finance, and electronic commerce. He is the creator of fast-track international commercial arbitration and the creator of the International Competitions for Online Dispute Resolution (ICODR) by which students from around the world competed in online negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation (2000-2005). He is also a former chair of the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.
Professor Amy Schmitz joined the University of Missouri School of Law and the Center for Dispute Resolution as the Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor of Law in 2016. Previously she was a Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law for over 16 years. Prior to teaching, Professor Schmitz practiced law with large law firms in Seattle and Minneapolis, and served as a law clerk for the U. S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit. Professor Schmitz teaches courses in Contracts, Lawyering, Online Dispute Resolution (ODR), AI, Data Analytics and the Law, Arbitration, International Arbitration, and Consumer Law. She has been heavily involved in ODR teaching and research for a long time and is a Fellow of the National Center for Technology and Dispute Resolution, as well as the Co-Chair of the ABA Technology Committee of the Dispute Resolution Section and the ODR Task Force. She serves on the Association of American Law Schools Executive Committee on Commercial and Consumer Law, was an External Scientific Fellow of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, and is a researcher with the ACT Project exploring AI and ODR. Professor Schmitz has published over 50 articles in law journals and books, and a book, The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, with Colin Rule.