Young ICCA Co-chair Elections: submit your expression of interest

Young ICCA will soon launch elections to replace its current co-chair Sylvia Tonova, whose term comes to an end on 1 June 2017. To that effect, Young ICCA is now accepting expressions of interest from potential co-chair candidates. Expressions of interest will be accepted through 26 April 2017.


Young ICCA co-chairs are elected in a unique two-stage process which ensures a balance of merit-based succession, geographic and institutional diversity and democratic legitimacy. Gender diversity is maintained by the election mechanism which requires that each leaving male co-chair be substituted by a female co-chair and vice-versa.


Stage 1

During the first stage, the current leadership of Young ICCA will select two male candidates from among the potential candidates who have submitted an expression of interest to replace Sylvia. The selection criteria include the candidates’ previous involvement in Young ICCA or similar organizations, their demonstrable appreciation of the organization’s aims of opening doors and promoting diversity in international arbitration, their capacity to dedicate the time and resources necessary to fulfill the day-to-day demands of the position, as well as considerations of geographic and institutional diversity.


Stage 2

During the second stage, the selected two candidates will then compete for the co-chair position in open elections, in which the Young ICCA membership is invited to participate. The elections are scheduled for May 2017 and will require each candidate to present his personal profile by filling in Young ICCA's version of a “Proust questionnaire” which will be circulated electronically to the Young ICCA membership for its consideration (and entertainment!). The election results will be announced before 1 June 2017.


Expressions of interest

Expressions of interest from potential candidates should be submitted by e-mail with subject line “Young ICCA Co-Chair Candidature” to the current co-chairs at,, and


Applicants should include a current CV and a short letter of motivation not exceeding 500 words addressing the selection criteria outlined above. Expressions of interest received after 26 April 2017 will not be considered. The decision of the co-chairs as to the selection of the candidates to proceed to the election phase is final.