Claudia Salomon has begun her term as President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration following formal election in June.
Ms Salomon, who takes the reins from former ICC Court President Alexis Mourre, was formally elected on 11 June by ICC’s supreme governing body, the World Council.
Ms Salomon is supported in her role by the ICC Court – comprising 195 members from 121 countries and including 17 Vice-Presidents – which begins its 2021-2024 mandate under Ms Salomon’s leadership.
The new ICC Court includes 68 new members and 12 new Vice-Presidents also elected during the World Council meeting of 11 June.
Her Salomon’s election marks a milestone in the ICC Court’s almost 100-year history as the first woman to become President of the world’s preferred arbitral institution.
Addressing members of the ICC World Council upon official election, Ms Salomon thanked the ICC Executive Board and World Council for placing their trust in her to lead the Court into its next century.
Ms Salomon said: “It is my commitment to you to do everything I can to ensure ICC remains the world’s leading arbitral institution. It is because of our connections with the international business community and our reflection of their values that we are considered a true, trusted partner of business. I look forward to working with you to build on the strength and foundation undertaken to date to assure not only the quality of service we are providing today but investing in the future to ensure the strength of the institution into our next century.”
ICC Secretary John W.H. Denton AO said: “Claudia has a well-documented track record as an accomplished and effective counsel and arbitrator. I have no doubt that she will make a stand-out President of our ICC Court, driving innovation and inclusion to ensure ICC dispute resolution works for everyone, every day, everywhere.”
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Alexander G. Fessas said: “I look forward to working closely with Claudia, building on the progress and successes of the Court under the leadership of Alexis. Claudia takes over at a challenging but exciting time as we drive the Court’s growth and excellence forward into our next century. She will have the Secretariat’s full support in delivering on her vision.”
ICC Ghana Secretary General Emmanuel Doni-Kwame said: “We look forward to working with her in building the capacity of International Commercial Arbitrators in Ghana.