Dubai Arbitration Week

The Pledge puts the spotlight on our unconscious bias


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  • Registration12.30pm – 1pm
  • Welcome address – The Pledge – where are we and what steps can we take towards achieving its objectives1pm – 1.30pm
    • Caroline Kehoe, Partner Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Key note address – Unconscious bias and its impact on decision-making, a practical insight to mitigating these biases1.30pm – 2.30pm
    • Farah Dahabi, Clinical Social Worker The LightHouse Centre for Wellbeing

    The Equal Representation in Arbitration Pledge highlights the issue of unconscious bias and the need to diversify the pool of arbitrators. Raising awareness around issues of diversity is the first step in navigating our deep-rooted biases.

    This session aims to heighten awareness of how unexamined assumptions and tendencies influence decision-making and explores the impact of unconscious bias on the commitments made in The Pledge to the standard of equal opportunity in arbitral appointments.
    • Recognise what unconscious bias is and why everyone has it
    • Understand how it influences behaviour and decision making
    • Consider how you can mitigate the effect of potential unconscious bias
  • Four Seasons Hotel DIFC
  • Dubai International Financial Centre


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