GQUAL and the UK: Achieving gender parity within the judiciary at national and international level

13 April 2016

To book, please visit the Law Society website.

Date: 4 May 2016

Location: Law Society of England and Wales, 113 Chancery Lane, WC2A 1PL


The European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) is an independent organisation located within the School of Law of Middlesex University. EHRAC is at the frontline of safeguarding human rights and promoting equality and fairness by means of litigating serious human rights violations at international level. GQUAL is a global campaign that seeks to promote gender parity within international tribunals and monitoring bodies by helping to change the norms, guidelines, and practices that regulate the nomination and voting processes through which the composition of these bodies is determined.

This panel discussion is aimed at bringing together prominent experts and practitioners, academics and judges to discuss the challenges faced both domestically and internationally with respect to gender equality and gender balanced representation within the judiciary and other decision making bodies.

Topics covered will include: the GQUAL campaign for gender parity in international representation; current blocks to judicial diversity in the UK and potential solutions; why merit and diversity are not incompatible.


17:30 – 18:00 Registration
18:00 – 18:10 Introduction
18:10 – 19:00 Panel presentations
19:00 – 19:45 Questions and discussion
19:45 – 20:30 Drinks


Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of the Centre for Justice and International Law & GQUAL Campaign Secretariat

Mrs Justice Laura Cox DBE

Professor Philippe Sands, QC, Professor of Law at University College London and Director of the Centre for International Courts and Tribunals, and a practising barrister and co-founder of Matrix Chambers

Professor Christine Chinkin, Emerita Professor of International Law and founding Director of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at London School of Economics

Karon Monaghan QC, Deputy High Court Judge & Recorder

Chair: Joanna Evans, EHRAC Legal Director, Barrister, Recorder & Deputy District Judge

Why attend?

This high-level event will provide first-hand insight into the challenges of promoting gender equality and gender balanced representation within the judiciary and other decision making bodies at both national and international level.

Who should attend?

Law students
Human rights practitioners

To book, please visit the Law Society website.