IAWJ’s 15th Biennial Conference: “Celebrating Diversity”

Hosted by the New Zealand Association of Women Judges (NZAWJ) 

Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand  |  May 7-9, 2021 (NZ time)


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If you are from New Zealand, please register here


The IAWJ Biennial Conference, which was postponed because of COVID-19, will now take place from May 7-9, 2021. As the New Zealand borders will likely remain closed for the whole of 2021, the conference will be virtual for most delegates. It will be live streamed and also recorded and available for registered delegates to view on the conference website until the end of 2021 in English, Spanish and French. Certificates of participation will be issued to registered delegates.

We are incorporating the usual format and components of past conferences as much as possible to make this a true IAWJ conference experience. We will have some very kiwi (NZ) entertainment and there will be virtual networking opportunities throughout the conference.

The conference opens on May 7 with a Pōwhiri (welcome) followed by a discussion about indigenous issues in New Zealand. The educational program, May 8-9, will include our usual glittering array of speakers and diverse perspectives on current and cutting-edge topics. Most of our keynote speakers for the postponed 2020 conference will be joining us virtually and we will have some very interesting panels dealing with topics such as refugees and trafficking, COVID-19, judicial leadership, indigenous issues, different court models and climate change. We have not forgotten the cultural and social aspects of IAWJ conferences. We are aiming to have the full program up soon on the conference website.

The fee for virtual attendance at the conference for IAWJ members is USD 275 earlybird and USD 400 standard. The fee for non IAWJ members is USD 475 earlybird and USD 600 standard. For the registration fees for New Zealanders, please see the conference website. The end of the earlybird period is April 12 , 2021.

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the conference team directly at iawj2021auckland@theconferencecompany.com.

We are sure the conference will be a fascinating and enjoyable event!


For more information about the conference, please visit the conference website


Previous conferences


14th Biennial International Conference: “Building Bridges Between Women Judges of the World” | Buenos Aires, Argentina
The 14th Biennial was hosted by the Asociación de Mujeres Jueces de Argentina (AMJA) in Buenos Aires from May 2 to 6, 2018. With its wide boulevards, elegant architecture, rich European heritage and the sound of tango, Buenos Aires welcomed all IAWJ members.

With every biennial, the IAWJ is able to bring together more judges from more countries and Buenos Aires was not the exception.  Around 1000 judges flew to Argentina for this Biennial. The topic of “Building Bridges Between Women Judges of the World” resonated with everyone present and gave way for an open-minded and productive conference. It showed our member’s commitment to IAWJ’s principles of justice, human rights, and equality.

The Conference held 10 different educational sessions on topics ranging from equal justice and tools on applying a gender perspective in the courts, to trafficking in persons and women’s access to technology and property rights. As always, these sessions were accompanied by social and cultural activities designed to bring our judges together in order to close cultural gaps and encourage international collaboration. Our favorite social session was the closing Gala in which our judges dressed in their national attire and danced together. You can see a little preview of it in the slideshow below. 


To see photos and videos from the conference, visit the 2018 Biennial Conference website.


13th Biennial International Conference: “Women Judges and the Rule of Law” | Washington DC, United States
879 IAWJ members from 82 countries attended with 121 accompanying guests to make this celebration a festive and global 25th Birthday for IAWJ. In a global voyage through diverse jurisdictions, our members led the educational sessions, sharing their definitive and, in many cases, leadership roles in addressing gender inequality, new developments in international human rights and humanitarian law, specific barriers to accessing justice and judicial advancement for women within the Middle East and North Africa, utilizing new restorative justice measures, and running courts in an emergency or crisis situation.



12th Biennial International Conference: “Justice for All” | Arusha, Tanzania
The 12th IAWJ Biennial International Conference, Justice For All, hosted by the Tanzania Women Judges Association, was held in Arusha, Tanzania, from May 5-9, 2014. Over 500 participants from 36 countries attended the conference.

Members discussed a wide variety of topics including justice for vulnerable witnesses, the global leadership of women, sextortion, results-based case management, judicial communication, justice in inter-state child abductions, and opportunities for judges beyond the bench.



11th Biennial International Conference: “Keeping safekeeping well’ | London, United Kingdom
Held in London from May 2-5, IAWJ had a record-breaking turnout of more than 600 participants from 50 countries. Hosted by the UKAWJ and convened by past IAWJ President Lady Brenda Hale, the conference focused on the theme: “keeping safekeeping well.”  Members discussed a wide range of topics including women, work and health, incarcerated women, human trafficking and forced marriage, sextortion, judicial health and safety, violence and the problem-solving court, services for victims of sexual violence, and women and girls as armed combatants.



10th Biennial International Conference: “Judicial Challenges in a Changing World”  |  Seoul, South Korea
The 10th Biennial Conference was convened by IAWJ and the Korean Association of Women Judges (KAWJ). Over 400 judges from 40 countries attended sessions discussing challenges and solutions to the evolving issues facing today’s modern courts. These issues included such topics as terrorism and security, the environment, aging, sextortion, judicial careers, and international service. Members also agreed to make the issue of human trafficking one of IAWJ’s priorities for the next two years.




Does your chapter want to host an IAWJ Biennial Conference?  If so, we encourage you to contact the IAWJ at office@iawj.org for more information. Applications are reviewed and accepted three years in advance.