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IAWJ Represented at the Second Pan-American Judges Summit on Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine Hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican

On June 3 and 4, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted the second Pan-American Judges Summit on Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine at the Vatican. Judges from North, Central, and South America that work on the effective implementation of social, economic and cultural rights were invited to the Summit. The goal of this conference was for participants to discuss how to realize people’s right
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IAWJ Represented at the Second Pan-American Judges Summit on Social Rights and Franciscan Doctrine Hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican

The National Association of Women Judges – USA Hosted Their Global Judicial Leadership Conference

The National Association of Women Judges – USA (NAWJ) hosted a two-day Global Judicial Leadership Conference this June in New York City. The conference was organized in collaboration with Columbia University School of Law and the School of International and Public Affairs. The program opened with an event to discuss the “UN Response for Sexual Harassment and Assault Against Women” at the UN
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The National Association of Women Judges – USA Hosted Their Global Judicial Leadership Conference

Canada is Considering a Bill to Make Sexual Assault Case Training Mandatory for Federal Judges

A bill introduced in 2017 to “require federal judges in Canada to undergo training about sexual assault law,” is being considered by the Canadian Senate. However, if the bill is not passed by June 21, it will be discarded. Global News Canada explains that the bill (Bill C-337: “The Judicial Accountability Through Sexual Assault Training Act“) was passed unanimously in the House, while the Senate
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IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, and IAWJ Members, Hon. Janet Nosworthy and Col. Linda Strite Murnane, participated in a panel in the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s 2019 Annual Conference

IAWJ President Judge Vanessa Ruiz moderated a panel: “Command Responsibility or Command Exemption? What the Bemba Case Tells Us About Sexual Assault as a War Crime” in the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s 2019 Annual Conference, on April 12. IAWJ members, Judge Janet Nosworthy, who serves at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and Col. Linda Strite Murnane, a retired US Air
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IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, and IAWJ Members, Hon. Janet Nosworthy and Col. Linda Strite Murnane, participated in a panel in the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s 2019 Annual Conference

Annual Report of the National Association of Women Judges

National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and Board Member, Hon. Lisette Shirdan-Harris, submitted NAWJ’s Annual Report during this year’s Board Meeting in New York. In the report, she highlighted NAWJ’s participation in national, regional and international conferences. She also informed about NAWJ’s programs, and past and coming events. Hon. Shirdan-Harris particularly underscored there of NAWJ’s programs: “From the Bar to the Bench,” “Color
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Hon. Lori T. Spivak Has Been Appointed to the Court of Appeal of Manitoba

Manitoba, Canada | The IAWJ congratulates its member, Hon. Lori T. Spivak, for her appointment to the Court of Appeal of Manitoba. “During her many years on the bench, Justice Spivak has presided over a full range of cases in criminal, constitutional and civil law. She is co-chair of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Judicial Education Committee, which is responsible for planning
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Hon. Lori T. Spivak Has Been Appointed to the Court of Appeal of Manitoba

IAWJ Delegation Goes to the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

New York, USA | The IAWJ was pleased to have a delegation of women judges at the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). This year, the theme was “social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.” Our delegation was comprised of 34 members from 17
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IAWJ Delegation Goes to the 63rd Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, represented us at the UN Conference on Contemporary Challenges on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective

New York, USA | Judge Vanessa Ruiz, IAWJ President, represented us at the conference on “Contemporary Challenges on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective, ” on February 9-11, 2019, organized by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, and the New York Office of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Foundation. The conference was called by the UN Special Rapporteur
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IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, represented us at the UN Conference on Contemporary Challenges on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers from a Global Perspective

NAWJ Takes Students to Court to Learn about the Judiciary for their Informed Voters Project

Fort Lauderdale, USA | The National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ), together with a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice and State Court Justices, has a project called the Informed Voters Project. The project consists of students from various high schools learning first-hand about the role of the judiciary. The workshop took place at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale in February. Read
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NAWJ Takes Students to Court to Learn about the Judiciary for their Informed Voters Project

IAWJ Member, Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy Will Deliver the 2019 Commencement Address for Penn State Law

New York, USA | IAWJ member Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy, who is a New York Supreme Court Justice, former supervising judge of Civil Court in New York County and a Penn State alumna, will deliver the 2019 commencement address for Penn State Law on Saturday, May 11, at University park. Justice Kennedy is the immediate Past President of the National Association of Women
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IAWJ Member, Hon. Tanya R. Kennedy Will Deliver the 2019 Commencement Address for Penn State Law