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

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 iawj2020auckland@theconferencecompany.com. 

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 persons 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 membership@iawj.org 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 conference@iawj.org.

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 iawj2020auckland@justice.govt.nz.


Detailed Hotel Accommodations are 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 attire and danced together. You can see a little preview of it in the slideshow 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 safekeeping 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 safekeeping 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.