Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf LL.M.

Dr. Alice Fremuth-Wolf LL.M.


Where did you study law?

University of Vienna, University of Utrecht, London School of Economics and Political Science

In short, please describe your career steps.

Alice Fremuth-Wolf is Secretary-General of VIAC as of January 2018; before she has been VIAC’s Deputy since 2012. Having studied law at Vienna University (Mag. iur. 1995, Dr. iur. 2002), Utrecht University (1994) and the London School of Economics and Political Science (LL.M. 1998), she served as assistant professor at the Department of Civil Procedure Law at the Law Faculty of Vienna University. Before opening her own practice in 2004, she worked with major Austrian law firms and acted as party representative and arbitrator in international commercial arbitration cases. Alice Fremuth-Wolf has authored articles and books on arbitration and also serves as a lecturer for arbitration at the Law Faculty of Vienna University, where she was coach of the Vienna team for the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot from 2004-2009. She is also a qualified mediator and is a co-organizer of the CDRC IBA-VIAC-Elsa Consensual Dispute Resolution Competition in Vienna.

What were the obstacles in your career path (if any)?

none

What is your (current) legal profession?

lawyer/solicitor

In which position/company/institution are you currently working?

Secretary General of VIAC

Which effects does (un)conscious bias have on women in the legal professions?

In law schools, men and women percentage is equal and so is it on a junior level at universities and law firms. But it is a fact that women are (significantly) underrepresented at senior levels in international arbitration, at both (senior) counsel and arbitrator level. unconscious bias is one of the main obstacles to achieve or improve diversity

How can we counter the negative effects of bias?

Individual strategies to address unconscious bias include:

– Promoting self-awareness: recognizing one’s biases is the first step.

– Understanding the nature of bias is also essential. The strategy of categorization that gives rise to unconscious bias is a normal aspect of human cognition. Understanding this important concept can help individuals approach their own biases in a more informed and open way.

– Opportunities to have discussions, with others (especially those from socially dissimilar groups) can also be helpful.

– Facilitated discussions and training sessions

– Developing concrete, objective indicators & outcomes for hiring, evaluation, and share information about successful initiatives among institutions to reduce standard stereotypes.

What was your motivation to become involved with The Women in Law Initiative?

A personal invitation

Which challenges/difficulties do women in legal professions face today?

They face similar challenges as male colleagues but have thei impression that they need to Always outperform, i.e. be better, faster,smarter in order to be taken serious.

Please describe your personal motivation to strive for / point of view on women and equal opportunities in the legal professions.

The proposition that having diverse teams will enhance the quality of the process, and produce better Outcomes, calls for more women in the legal profession. And: there are simply not enough female role models