We are pleased to present the program for the 2023 IAWJ Meeting. 

Overall theme: Women judges: achievements and challenge

9 May 

9:00am – 5:00pm IAWJ Board meeting (Board members only)
7:00pm Board dinner (Board members only)

10 May 

9:00am – 5:00pm Registration and drop off items for silent auction
IAWJ Board meeting continued (Board members only)

11 May 

8:00am – 9:30am Registration and drop off items for silent auction
10:00am – 12:00pm Opening Ceremony
Roll call of Nations
Welcome by IAWJ Executive Director and IAWJ President
Welcome by Union of Moroccan Women Judges and the Moroccan Judiciary
In Memoriam
12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 4:00pm Regional meetings and elections for regional IAWJ Board representatives
4:30pm Silent auction opens
7:00pm Dinner at Chez Ali

12 May: Sisterhood and Solidarity

9:00am – 10:30am Plenary Session 1: Celebrating success

Since the IAWJ last gathered in person four years ago, much has changed. Members have innovated, broken glass ceilings, and thrived. In this panel we will hear from members about successes in their courts or their careers; listen to their reflections on how that success was achieved; and discuss the lessons that were learned for the future. We will also hear about innovations that arose from COVID-19 and other crises and those that led to long term change.

10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea
11:00am – 12:30pm Plenary Session 2: Empowering women judges

In 2022, IAWJ received a Women in Leadership in the Law grant from Co Impact/New Venture Futures to promote the leadership of women in the judiciary. In this panel, IAWJ staff and grant partners will describe the work it is doing as part of this initiative; how is it currently working with five IAWJ members associations; and discuss the future of the partnership. Initiative partners will also speak about their experiences with the project thus far.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Plenary Session 3: Afghanistan and the IAWJ

The women judges of Afghanistan have long risked their lives to uphold the rule of law. With the return of the Taliban to power in the country and the fall of Kabul, their position became untenable; leaving Afghanistan was a life-saving necessity. In this panel you will hear from some of the Afghan women judges about their experiences and from the IAWJ Afghan Women Judges Committee about the efforts to rescue and support them.

3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm – 5:00pm Plenary session 4: Towards more inclusive justice

How have the courts responded to the needs of persons for whom they were not designed? In this panel, we will hear about initiatives from around the world designed to ensure inclusive justice for such persons, including those from minority groups, unrepresented litigants, youth, parties and witnesses affected by disability, and litigants who do not speak the court language.

7:00pm Own arrangements for dinner

13 May: Trauma and Resilience

9:00am – 10:30am Plenary Session 5: Trauma-informed courts

Many of those appearing before our courts as both witnesses and parties are suffering from trauma. This trauma can be individual, collective (such as from the long-term effects of colonization), or both. The most recent of our anti-human trafficking grants, in Kenya and Uganda, have focused on the impact of trauma on witness testimony and the strategies for making courts more accessible to traumatized parties and witnesses. This panel will share some of the lessons learned from those projects as well as hearing about how trauma has been accommodated in other contexts.

10:30am – 11:00am Morning tea
11:00am – 12:30pm Plenary Session 6: Gender based violence

This panel will cover innovations in dealing with gender-based violence in the courts, including in both criminal and family law cases. Topics to be discussed include the institutional abuse of those in care and cyberviolence.

12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm – 3:00pm Plenary Session 7: Trafficking and migration

Human trafficking can take place in a single country, but often migration and human trafficking are interrelated. Migrants may become trafficking victims at the hands of those they pay to get them across a national border and often lack the protective networks that might shield them from trafficking. This panel will examine how judges have responded and should respond to the intersections of migration and human traffciking and to trafficking more generally.

3:00pm – 3:30pm Afternoon tea
3:30pm – 5:30pm Visit to Palais de Justice
7:00pm Silent auction closes
7:30pm Gala dinner

14 May: Innovation and Leadership

9:00am – 11:00am IAWJ General meeting
Reports on programmes
Presidential Address
Presentation of Awards
Introduction of new board members

In this session you will hear from our Executive Office staff about the IAWJ programs and other projects they are working on, honor the recipients of IAWJ awards and be introduced to your new IAWJ officers and regional directors. Our President, Justice Susan Glazebrook, will present her Presidential address.

11:00am – 11:30am Morning tea
11:30am – 1:00pm Plenary Session 8: Judicial diversity

Judicial diversity at all levels of the judiciary is critical for perceptions of the constitutional validity of the courts and to ensure judges understand the parties appearing before them. This session will examine the innovative ways judicial diversity is being encouraged around the world and suggestions for future action.

1:00pm – 2:00pm Lunch
Payment for and collection of silent auction items
2:00pm – 3:30pm Plenary Session 9: Criminal justice innovations

In this session we will hear about alternative sentencing models and other innovations in how criminal cases are dealt with, including solution focused judging, the role of specialist courts such as drug and homeless courts and the involvement of communities in rehabilitation.

3:30pm – 4:00pm Closing and announcement of venue for next conference
4:00pm – 5:30pm Meeting of new IAWJ Board (Board members only)
Payment for and collection of silent auction items
7:00pm Optional: Farewell dinner (extra cost)