As part of our commitment to the Indian arbitration community, Stewarts invites all arbitration professionals and organisations to commit to the India Promise, an initiative to address the under-representation of Indian arbitrators appointed to international arbitration tribunals across the world.

Though India is home to many highly skilled arbitrators, far too few of them have the opportunity to act on international arbitrations. The idea of the India Promise, first outlined at the London Court of International Arbitration Symposium 2023 in Mumbai, is to encourage the consideration, appointment and fair representation for Indians to sit as arbitrators in any international arbitration, regardless of it having an Indian connection.

Sherina Petit, Head of International Arbitration and India Practice at Stewarts, comments: “This much-needed and necessary initiative to boost the visibility of Indian arbitrators has been in the works since 2021. In the years since it has only become more apparent that despite the breadth and depth of excellent talent in India, Indians are not receiving sufficient opportunities to act on international arbitrations. The goal of the India Promise is to make this striking and conspicuous underrepresentation a thing of the past.”

Read the India Promise in full and sign up for more information here.

Any individual or organisation involved in international arbitration can commit to the India Promise. This includes but is not limited to arbitrators, counsel, corporates, arbitral institutions and experts or consultants involved in arbitrations.


Our India practice

Stewarts’ cutting-edge and preeminent India practice spans numerous sectors and has been built on decades of unparalleled experience.

We represent some of the largest conglomerates, state-owned entities, financial institutions, trusts and high net worth individuals in India, as well as foreign companies with interests in the country.

Head of India Practice, Sherina Petit has a wide range of experience in all key aspects of international arbitration, including a focus on India-related disputes. She has practised across multiple jurisdictions, including as an advocate in Mumbai. Sherina is on the board of the LCIA, is a member of the ICC Indian Arbitration Group and the Steering Committee of the Pledge for Equal Representation for Women in Arbitration, and the Chair of the India Pledge Committee.



You can find further information regarding our expertise, experience and team on our International Arbitration page.

If you require assistance from our team, please contact us.



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