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

Hosted by the New Zealand Association of Women Judges (NZAWJ) 
Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand  |  
May 7-10, 2020

Auckland is a beautiful city built around a stunning waterfront which has been developed into a vibrant entertainment area with a host of upmarket restaurants, bars and shops and its waiting to welcome all IAWJ members!


May 7, 2020

  • 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, 2020

  • 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, 2020

  • 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, 2020 

  • 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


Registration will start in June!


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 iawj2020auckland@justice.govt.nz.


Detailed Hotel Accommodations will be available at the Conference Website.

Venue: The Cordis, Auckland
83 Symonds St, Grafton, Auckland 1010


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 attires and danced together. You can see a little preview of it in the sideshow 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 safe – keeping 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 safe – keeping 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.