5th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

Global Voices in International Law: International Courts and Women Judges

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The desire to create inclusive and representative institutions at all levels of decision-making should consider the importance of creating equal oppportunities for women's representation on international courts. International courts play an important role as arenas where judicial decisions can produce lasting effects on the lives of global citizens.

Many women are affected by many of the decisions made in international courts. However, emerging scholarship has shown that women occupy less than 19% of seats on international courts and tribunals. The lack of women’s voices prevents inclusive decision-making on issues that directly impact their daily lives.

Join the Wilson Center’s Women in Public Service Project and Africa Program, the Institute for African Women in Law, and the Center for Justice and International Law for a conversation on the importance of inclusion on international courts and strategies to achieve equal representation in these institutions.

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  • Josephine Dawuni

    Global Fellow
    Professor of Political Science, Howard University and Executive Director, Institute for African Women in Law