Employment & Immigration + Women Business Lawyers Diversity, Equity, Inclusion – how this concept intersects with national law and custom

Thursday, April 25
Location (Room)
Le soleil

The recent surge of discrimination and harassment legislation and high court decisions in many parts of the world creates legal issues that are not easy to tackle. While being obliged by their home jurisdiction to strictly follow numerous anti-discrimination laws (e.g. regarding gender and sexual orientation) the views and laws often are completely different in other parts of the world. We will discuss the diverging understanding of key terms in international agreements and national laws as well as possible solutions for globally operating companies and their legal advisors.

*This is a Roundtable Session.



Roland Falder

Senior Counsel, emltc Llc Dubai/Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Roland Falder recently left the German employment law firm EMPLAWYERS, a boutique focusing solely on the representation of employers and labour and employment law. Previously he had spent more than 20 years in two international law firms.

As of January 2024 he continues to advise clients in cross-border employment issues and (international) employment compliance.

Further he is a founder of ESG-Network, focused on supply chain compliance and a senior counsel at emltc Llc. In Dubai /Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, where he focuses on employment law in the Middle East and South Asia.

Recently he co-published one of the first book (in German) on the new Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz (German Supply Chain Due Diligence Act). Upcoming publications deal with audit in emerging economies and international secondments.



Yoko Maeda

Yoko Maeda is a partner of the Dispute Resolution Practice of City-Yuwa Partners in Tokyo, Japan.

She has an active practice as counsel in both arbitration and litigation across a wide spectrum of matters such as construction, energy, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, automotives, etc. She regularly represents parties in major arbitration institutional rules, including AAA/ICDR, ICC, KCAB, JCAA, SIAC, etc.

Besides being an alternate court member of ICC Court of Arbitration from Japan since 2018, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2019.

She is regularly selected as a leading lawyer by publications such as Chambers Global, Who’s Who Legal, and Legal 500.

Ms. Maeda is qualified both in Japan and New York. She received an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and an LL.B. from Tokyo University.