SWAN is a professional network for women with an interest in arbitration. The focus of SWAN is to provide a platform for knowledge building and learning how to play the game.

SWAN is, as the name indicates, based in Sweden and welcomes members from any country.

Sweden has a long-tradition of agreeing to resolve disputes by arbitration. Building on this tradition, Sweden has etablished itself as a preferred seat in international arbitration.
Sweden is known for being a neutral, transparent and safe seat with a well-advanced arbitration law and arbitration friendly courts.

Swedish counsel and arbitrators are labeled as being professional and knowledgeable people with high integrity.

Given Sweden’s strong position in arbitration and its emphasis on equality, it comes as no surprise that the SCC is the first arbitral institution to promote a network for women.


A typical SWAN year will include a panel debate, after works, a number of inspirational lunches and a practical seminar.

Panel debates are open to members as well as non-members, men as well as women. Each debate engages well-known lawyers and arbitrators, who shares and discuss practical issues which can only be learned from others and from doing.

The practical seminars are two-fold in what they offer members; the seminars are educational and also provide a networking opportunity.
Inspirational lunches is a concept where members meet over lunch and are given a chance to speak with and listen to a person who shares his or her experiences in building a legal career, usually within the arbitration field.

After works is a more casual event where members can meet and build their professional network.

In addition to events, SWAN has a mentorship program which runs over the course of a year.