North America

National Association of Women Judges – USA Started a New Partnership for their Women In Prison Program

In their June 2019 Newsletter, the National Association of Women Judges – USA (NAWJ)’s District 6 announced a new partnership with the Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC), for their Women In Prison program. The partnership began on July 1. BPCC affiliated instructors will conduct classes allowing the women to obtain the requisite education to be able to obtain employment in a myriad of
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National Association of Women Judges – USA Started a New Partnership for their Women In Prison Program

Former IAWJ Executive Director and BMT Member Team Up on Human Trafficking Program

Since she retired from the IAWJ, former Executive Director Joan Winship has continued to work on equality and justice issues that she deeply cares about.  She was appointed to the Calvert County (Maryland) Commission for Women and has chaired that Commission since 2017.  The CCCW’s mission is to identify and advocate on issues affecting women and girls, to educate and inform the public and to
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Former IAWJ Executive Director and BMT Member Team Up on Human Trafficking Program

The United Kingdom Association of Women Judges Participated in a Wellbeing Event for Lawyers and Judicial Officers

In May, the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges (UKAWJ) participated in a Women in Criminal Law Midlands (WCLM) Wellbeing event at Leicester University. The event was co-hosted by 36Crime and the Midlands Asian Lawyers Association (MALA). As written in the UKAWJ’s June Newsletter, IAWJ member Hon. Sue Carr, “gave a speech in which she recognised the stresses and strains on practitioners, Court
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The United Kingdom Association of Women Judges Participated in a Wellbeing Event for Lawyers and Judicial Officers

Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges Celebrates their 25th Anniversary

The Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (CCIAWJ) celebrated their 25thAnniversary at a Conference and Dinner held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 29 – May 2, 2019. The CCIAWJ was established in 1994 at a meeting initiated by Claire L’Heureux Dubé a retired Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The theme of the conference was “The Modern Court:  Adapting to Judging
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Canadian Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges Celebrates their 25th Anniversary

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