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<xTITLE>Heeding the Call: Committing to Racial Diversity in International Arbitration</xTITLE>

Heeding the Call: Committing to Racial Diversity in International Arbitration

by Colin Rule
July 2020 Colin Rule

Following the shocking killing of George Floyd, which sparked widespread protests internationally, a new spotlight has been shone on institutional racism. In response, several institutions, including law firms, have issued individual statements and announced plans to address racial diversity with at least 127 big law firms recently joining the Law Firm Antiracism Alliance.

This excellent webinar from the African Arbitration Alliance highlights the racial disparities that undermine the inclusiveness and diversity necessary for international arbitration to be the preferred global dispute resolution mechanism. It also discusses ways to ensure that the renewed calls for racial diversity are heeded in the practice of international arbitration.


Colin Rule is CEO of Resourceful Internet Solutions, Inc. ("RIS"), home of,,, and a number of additional leading online dispute resolution initiatives.  From 2017 to 2020, Colin was Vice President for Online Dispute Resolution at Tyler Technologies. Tyler acquired, an ODR provider that Colin co-founded, in 2017.  Previously, from 2003 to 2011, Colin was Director of Online Dispute Resolution for eBay and PayPal.  Further, Colin co-founded Online Resolution in 1999, one of the first online dispute resolution (ODR) providers, and served as its CEO and President.  Colin also worked for several years with the National Institute for Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. and the Consensus Building Institute in Cambridge, MA.

Colin is the author of Online Dispute Resolution for Business, published by Jossey-Bass in September 2002, and co-author of The New Handshake: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Consumer Protection, published by the ABA in 2017. Colin received the first Frank Sander Award for Innovation in ADR from the American Bar Association in 2020, and the Mary Parker Follett Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) in 2013. Colin holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in conflict resolution and technology, a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from UMass-Boston, a B.A. from Haverford College, and Colin served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Eritrea from 1995-1997.  You can read many of Colin's articles and see some of his talks at


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