Niamh Leinwather
Secretary General, Vienna International Arbitral Centre of the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber
Niamh Leinwather

In 2023, we have still not broken the glass ceiling. It is high time that we make real progress. We need to strengthen and support women throughout their careers. Each and every stakeholder has a duty to contribute to closing the gender gap. Unfortunately, international arbitration still has a long way to go before sustainable progress has been made. In my tenure at VIAC gender will play an important role.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

Organise a training to support young arbitration practitioners growing and developing into their role as “seasoned arbitrators” with emphasis on emotional intelligence, stress management, personal growth, empowerment, and self-worth. Create this training in collaboration with a psychologist/psychotherapist/mental health professional/coach.
I commit to organising an event in 2023 that highlights the lack of gender parity in the legal service as a whole but in particular in international arbitration.