On December 5, 2017, the Wilson Center Women in Public Service Project and the Institute for African Women in Law hosted a panel discussion on “Global Voices in International Law: International Courts and Women Judges.” The full report can be downloaded HERE.
This event was held on the heels of the then ongoing elections in New York for the new judges to the International Criminal Court which was held from December 4-14, 2017. Central to the mission of the Women in Public Service Project is the acceleration of global efforts to increase the number of women in public service and leadership. International courts are important arenas where judicial decisions can produce lasting effects on the lives of global citizens. Emerging scholarship has shown that women continue to occupy less than 20% of seats on international courts and tribunals. The desire to create inclusive and representative institutions at the domestic and global levels should not lose sight of the important roles women judges play on international courts. The panelists discussed the paucity of women judges on international courts, the role of international professional organizations such as the International Association of Women Judges, the role of governments in supporting the election of wom