Executive Director Shawna J. Wilson
International Association of Women Judges
Ms. Wilson is a lawyer with a wealth of international development and foreign policy experience. She has dedicated her career to promoting the rule of law and ensuring respect for human rights, which are central to IAWJ’s mission and programs. Prior to joining the IAWJ team, Ms. Wilson was the Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the Department of State’s Bureau of Counterterrorism (CT). She also served as the Deputy Director in the Office of Multilateral Affairs in the CT Bureau where she worked with multilateral and regional institutions regarding terrorism issues, policies, and programs, with a particular focus on criminal justice issues. She worked as the Justice Team Leader in the Office of Criminal Justice Assistance & Partnership Office (CAP) within the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), where she provided technical advice on a range of criminal justice issues and programs involving defense attorneys, prosecutors, and judges. She was selected for the highly competitive U.S. Supreme Court Fellows program and, from September 2008 to September 2009, worked as a Fellow at the International Judicial Relations Office of the Federal Judicial Center, where she conducted briefings for foreign judges on the U.S. legal system, completed research projects, wrote a handbook, and published multiple articles on the role of the judiciary in international development efforts. In addition, Ms. Wilson worked on human rights, rule of law, anticorruption and gender issues during her tenure at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). She served as the Senior Rule of Law Advisor for the Europe and Eurasia Bureau as well as for the USAID Mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina and as the Democracy and Governance Office Deputy Director in the Central Asia Regional Mission. Ms. Wilson also brings experience from the nonprofit and private sectors, having worked at the Eurasia Foundation as a regional director and at Frost Brown Todd LLC in Cincinnati, Ohio as a transactional attorney. She is the author of a chapter on international criminal justice programs, published in the American Bar Association’s Promoting the Rule of Law, A Practitioner’s Guide to Key Issues and Development. Ms. Wilson holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Russian Studies from George Washington University and a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University. She is a member of the Ohio and U.S. Supreme Court Bars.