The IAWJ Hosted its Webinar Series on the Impact of COVID-19

Addressing Domestic Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This month, the IAWJ hosted three webinar discussions in English, Spanish, and French regarding ways we can deal with the growing number of domestic violence cases. IAWJ members from all over the world talked about various initiatives aimed at ensuring the safety of victims during the pandemic.

The English discussion featured:

  • Judge Vanessa Ruiz (Opening Speaker), Senior Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and President of the IAWJ
  • Judge Lisette Shirdan-Harris (Moderator), Judge of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Member of the IAWJ Board of Directors and Member of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ)
  • Magistrate Taboka Mopipi (Discussant), Regional Magistrate and Administrative Head of the Northern Magisterial District of Botswana and Member of the Botswana Chapter of the IAWJ
  • Magistrate Caroline Kabugho Byakutaga (Discussant), Magistrate Grade One in Kampala, Uganda, and Member of the National Association of Women Judges – Uganda (NAWJ-U)
  • Judge Emma Nott (Discussant), Crown Court (Circuit) Judge at Reading Crown Court, United Kingdom, and Member of the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges’ International Sub-Committee (UKAWJ)

The video recording of the English webinar is available here.

The Spanish discussion featured:

  • Judge Vanessa Ruiz (Opening Speaker), Senior Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and President of the IAWJ
  • Judge Margarita Beatriz Luna Ramos (Moderator), Retired Minister of the Supreme Court of Mexico and Vice President of the IAWJ
  • Judge Analia Monferrer (Discussant), Legal Secretary of the Office of Domestic Violence of the Supreme Court of Argentina and Member of the Association of Women Judges of Argentina (AMJA)
  • Judge Cira Garcia Dominguez (Discussant), Judge in the First Albacete Court of Violence against Women and Member of the Association of Women Judges of Spain (AMJE)
  • Judge Norma Sandra Barrones Castillo (Discussant), Criminal Judge of the First Instance of the State of Hidalgo and Member of the Mexican Chapter of the IAWJ
  • Judge Susana Granado (Discussant), Justice of the Peace of Nueva Colombia and Member of the Association of Judicial Magistrates of the Republic of Paraguay (AMJRP)
  • Judge Elvira Alvarez Olazabal (Discussant), Supreme Judge member of the First Transitional constitutional and social Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Peru and Member of the Peruvian Association of Women Judges (AMPJ)

The video recording of the Spanish webinar is available here.

The French discussion featured:

  • Judge Saida Chebili (Moderator), President of the Court of First Instance of Sousse 2 and Regional Director of North Africa, Europe, and the Middle East within the IAWJ
  • Judge Françoise Canivet (Discussant), Advisor to the Paris Court of Cassation (retired) and President of the French Society of the IAWJ (SFAIFJ)
  • Judge Magarette Georges (Discussant), Investigative Judge at the Fort-Liberté Court of First Instance and Professor at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Management of Cap Haitien
  • Judge Sara Inès Mechria (Discussant), Vice-President of the Court of First Instance of Tunis and Member of the Tunisian Association of Women Judges (TAWJ)

The video recording of the French webinar is available here.


Guarantying Access to Justice During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This webinar was held in Spanish and discussed how Courts in different countries are responding to COVID-19. IAWJ members from the LAC region presented various initiatives to ensure justice during a pandemic.

The discussion featured:

  • Judge Vanessa Ruiz (Opening Remarks), Senior Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and President of the IAWJ
  • Judge Janet Tello Gilardi (Moderator), Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Republic of Peru and President of the Peruvian Association of Women Judges (AMPJ)
  • Judge Francisca Zapata Garcia (Discussant), Guarantee Judge of Santiago de Chile and President of the Association of Chilean Magistrates (MACHI)
  • Magistrate Carolina Isabel Alcalá Valenzuela (Discussant), Magistrate of the Federal Judicial Power of Mexico and Member of the Mexico Chapter of the IAWJ
  • Dr. Yolanda Morel (Discussant), Judge of Criminal Enforcement of the Capital of the Republic of Paraguay and Member of the Association of Judicial Magistrates of the Republic of Paraguay (AMJRP)
  • Judge Ana Lee (Discussant), Judge of Penalty Execution, National District, Dominican Republic and Member of the Association of Judges of the Dominican Republic (AJURD)

The video recording of the webinar is available here.


Comparative Discussion on COVID-19 and the Courts

The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly altered how Courts around the world operate. This webinar featured a comparative regional discussion about how Courts are responding to a range of issues associated with this pandemic. IAWJ members from Australia, Pakistan, the Philippines, and New Zealand discussed current court operations, plans to ensure courts follow public health guidelines and potential issues related to ensuring justice during the health crisis.

The discussion featured:

  • Justice Susan Glazebrook (Opening Speaker and Moderator), Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand and President-Elect of the IAWJ
  • Judge Robyn Tupman (Discussant), Judge of the District Court of New South Wales and President of the Australian Association of Women Judges (AAWJ)
  • Judge Mary O’Dwyer (Discussant), District Court Judge and President of the New Zealand Association of Women Judges (NZAWJ)
  • Justice Ayesha Malik (Discussant), Judge of the Lahore High Court in Pakistan and Chair of the Judicial Officers Female Supervisory Committee
  • Judge Evelyn Nery (Discussant), Regional Trial Court Judge – Family Court Designate and Member of the Philippines Women Judges Association (PWJA)

The video recording of the webinar is available here.


Judicial Responses to COVID-19 in Prisons and Other Custodial Settings

This webinar discussed how prisons and other custodial settings have emerged as ‘hot spots’ during the pandemic. Close congruent settings have put at harm those living in them, those working in them, and the communities in which institutions are located. Speakers discussed how Courts in different countries have responded to requests by people in detention and the relief they are seeking.

The discussion featured:

  • Judge Vanessa Ruiz (Opening Speaker), Senior Judge of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and President of the IAWJ
  • Professor Judith Resnik (Moderator and Discussant), Arthur Liman Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Member of the IAWJ Board of Managerial Trustees
  • Professor Leonard Rubenstein (Discussant), Lawyer and Professor of the Practice at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Justice Apple Newton-Smith (Discussant), Judge of the Ontario Court of Justice
  • Judge Joaquine Dominic (Discussant), Judge of the High Court of Tanzania and Chair of the Tanzanian Women Judges & Magistrate Association (TAWJA)

The video recording of the webinar is available here.