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

May 7 - May 10

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

Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand  |  May 7-10, 2021


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If you are from New Zealand, please register here.


We are pleased to announce that the 15th Biennial Conference of the IAWJ, postponed due to the global impact of COVID-19, will now take place from May 7-10, 2021 at the same venue: the Cordis Hotel in Auckland, New Zealand. We chose these dates because we hope the COVID-19 situation will stabilize within the next year. May is also the traditional time for IAWJ biennial conferences.

Given the uncertainties regarding COVID-19, we decided it was prudent, however, to set back-up dates of September 10-13,  2021 in case it is not safe to hold the conference in May 2021. We will make sure you have plenty of notice if we are forced to move to the back-up dates.

We hope you will be able to join us in Auckland on the new dates. Please also encourage as many of your colleagues to attend as possible so that the 15th IAWJ Biennial Conference will be the sparkling gathering we traditionally plan for with great enthusiasm.

Please stay tuned for more information regarding the rescheduled conference, including the registration fees and the date that registration will open.

If you are already registered for the conference, you should have received an email setting out the various options with regard to registration. If you have not received this, please email

We hope that you and your loved ones are and remain safe and well.


Vanessa Ruiz, IAWJ President

Susan Glazebrook, IAWJ President-Elect

Mary O’Dwyer, NZAWJ President

Shawna Wilson, IAWJ Executive Director

Registration fees:

  • Early bird: $875 USD (valid until January 31, 2020).
  • Regular: $1,150 USD.

The full registration fee provides access to the conference business sessions, the opening cocktail reception, and the gala dinner.

  • Accompanying person: $400 USD.

The accompanying person fee includes the opening cocktail reception and the gala dinner.


You will require a visa to enter New Zealand if your country is not on New Zealand‘s list of visa waiver countries. Please apply promptly as visas may take up to three months to process (although most are issued within a month of application). Please also remember, if you are transiting through another country on the way to New Zealand, you may require a visa for that country too.

If your country is a visa waiver country (other than Australia) , you will still need to apply for a NZeTA before travelling. Please allow up to 72 hours for your NZeTA to be processed. Apply for your NZeTA here.  


Membership Requirement: all conference delegates are required to be members of the IAWJ.  

  • To register for the conference, you must be a member in good standing. If you are unsure of your membership status or want to pay your dues, click hereIf you are a member of an IAWJ affiliated association, please pay your dues through them.  
  • If you do not find your membership information but believe that you are a current IAWJ member, please email the membership office at for assistance.
  • To become a member of the IAWJ, click here

If you have any questions about the registration process, please email the IAWJ team at

For more information about the conference, visit the conference website


May 7, 2021

  • 14:00 – 14:30         Pōwhiri briefing at the Cordis Hotel
  • 14:30 – 17:30         Pōwhiri at Orakei Marae (Limited numbers and pre-registration required)
  • 18:00 – 20:00         Welcome Cocktail Function

May 8, 2021

  • 08:30 – 10:30         Pōwhiri/Opening Ceremony
  • 10:30 – 11:00         Morning Tea
  • 11:00 – 12:30         Keynote speaker and panel
  • 12:30 – 13:30         Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00         Keynote speaker and panel
  • 15:00 – 15:30         Afternoon Tea
  • 15:30 – 17:30         Regional meetings
  • 19:00 –                       Optional evening activities (pre-registration required)

May 9, 2021

  • 09:00 – 10:30         Parallel Sessions
  • 10:30 – 11:00         Morning Tea
  • 11:00 – 12:30         Parallel Sessions
  • 12:30 – 13:30         Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00         Plenary session and keynote
  • 15:00 – 15:30         Afternoon Tea
  • 15:30 – 17:00         Plenary session and keynote
  • 19:00 –                       Gala dinner

May 10, 2021 

  • 09:00 – 10:30         Plenary keynote and panel
  • 10:30 – 11:00         Morning Tea
  • 11:00 – 12:30         Plenary keynote and panel
  • 12:30 – 13:30         Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:00         General Meeting and closing ceremony
  • 15:00 –                       Post-Meeting Excursion (pre-registration required)


The full conference program is available at the Conference Website here.

Information about pre and post-conference tours is available here.

Information about the activities available for accompanying persons is available here


For more information regarding immigration information, venue, and things to do in New Zealand visit the 15th Biennial Conference website or contact the organizers at


May 7
May 10
Event Category:


International Association of Women Judges


The Cordis, Auckland 83 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
83 Symonds St, Grafton
Auckland, Aotearoa 1010 New Zealand
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