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Celebrating the contribution of great women judges to our legal life  - on 21st March 2019 at 6pm at the Supreme Court – the  launch event for our lecture series celebrating  100 years of Women in Law


The Association of Women Judges began  its open lecture series 2019/2020 marking the centenary of women’s entry to the legal profession.

The lecture series launch took the form of discussions between individual judges and academics exploring the work and jurisprudence of each judge, who was then  invited to reflect on her career and consider the extent to which gender has made a difference to her contribution to the law. Our launch took  place at the Supreme Court, Little George St, Westminster, London SW1P 3BD.

 We were honoured to be joined by:

Brenda Hale, Baroness Hale of Richmond – the first to be a woman Law Lord and first woman President of the Supreme Court who will be in discussion with Professor Erika Rackley, Professor of Law at the University of Kent, author of Women, Judging and the Judiciary: From Difference to Diversity (2013).


Baroness Elizabeth Butler-Sloss –the first woman on the Court of Appeal, first woman President of the Family Division and author of the Cleveland Report who will be in conversation with Her Honour Judge Sonia Harris, former Professor of Law at the University of Birmingham and co-author of Family Law (3rd ed, 2015).


Justice Teresa Doherty CBE – international jurist, human rights lawyer and former Presiding Judge of the Special Court for Sierra Leone who will be in discussion with Professor Rhona Smith, Head of the Law School at the University of Newcastle and author of International Human Rights Law (8th ed, 2017).


Read a full report here


On May 8  2019 in Oxford there was a discussion between Professor Sandra Fredman and Dame Laura Cox with the title, “Sexual harassment at work: unacceptable, unlawful but unremitting: Reflections on its nature and persistence and on the changing legal landscape”  They were joined by Judge Jennifer Eady as moderator



Before her appointment as a High Court Judge in 2002, Dame Laura Cox practised as a barrister specialising in employment law, discrimination and human rights. Since her retirement she has, amongst other things, chaired the Fawcett Society's Sex Discrimination Law Review in 2017 and prepared the report for the House of Commons on bullying and sexual harassment which was published in 2018.  Sandra Fredman QC is a Professor of Law at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Pembroke College and of the British Academy.   She has written and published widely on anti-discrimination law, human rights law and labour law.

A full report is below

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