Welcome to UKAWJ

UK Association of Women Judges

Since its formation in 2003, the UKAWJ has welcomed members of both sexes and from all levels of the judiciary, including salaried and fee paid judges in courts and tribunals, and from all jurisdictions in the United Kingdom. Our focus is, of course, on matters of particular concern to women, principally the issues they face in the law and the justice system as well as issues of particular concern to women judges. But our inclusive membership gives us a perspective which other associations do not have. Our conferences, where there is always an impressive array of speakers, are open to all judges, whether or not they are members, and focus on subjects which are of interest to us all.

Full members of the Association are automatically members of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), which holds biennial world conferences attended by judges from all over the world. It also has an impressive training programme on the jurisprudence of equality which has proved particularly valuable in developing countries. Lady Hale was President of the IAWJ between 2010 - 2012 and the UK Association was proud to host the world conference in London May 2012, an important international judicial event.

The meetings of the Association address particular matters of general interest to the members. The UKAWJ has adopted the theme of “Religion, Culture and the Law” for its events over the next 2 years, which will allow for consideration of issues and subjects across a range of jurisdictions.

We are pleased to have the support of the senior judiciary, a number of whom have joined as members.

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