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Binta Nyako

Federal High Court Abuja, Federal Capital Nigeria 

Binta Nyako has been a Judge of the Federal High court of Nigeria since 2000. She has over 2 decades of combined experience in presiding over court proceedings, adjudication, delivery of judgements and rulings. Her expertise cuts across criminal, constitutional, and human rights laws. Justice Nyako was appointed as the first women chief judge of Bauchi State from 2014 to 2017 which has made her the first woman to head a high court bench in Nigeria. She was also the attorney general and commissioner for Justice of Katsina State from 1994 to 1996.


Mina Sougrati

Administrative Tribunal of Casablanca, Morocco 

Judge Mina Sougrati, President of the Union of Moroccan women judges, IAWJ Vice President , Expert in Human Rights

Vice President

Mandisa Maya 

Deputy Chief Justice, 

Republic of South Africa

Justice Mandisa Maya practiced as an advocate until her elevation to the bench in 1999. She has sat in various divisions of the High Court and the Labour Courts before advancing to the Appellate Court and has acted as a judge in the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the Supreme Court of Namibia and the Appeal Court of Lesotho. Justice Mandisa Maya became the Deputy President of the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2015 and the President of the Supreme Court of Appeal in 2017. She was the first woman to hold the positions of Deputy President and President of the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Vice President

Amy Lazaro - Javier

Associate Justice Supreme Court of the Philippines

Justice Amy Lazaro-Javier became the 182nd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines upon her appointment on March 7, 2019. Prior to her elevation to the High Court, she was an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals from September 13, 2007 to March 6, 2019 where she maintained a zero- backlog case docket. A true advocate of gender equality, she served as Chairperson of the Court of Appeals Gender and Development Committee from 2018 to 2019, and later as Chairperson of the Committee on Gender Responsiveness in the Judiciary (CGRJ), where she pioneered the drafting of the Judiciary’s own set of organic guidelines to expand, reinforce, supplement and contextualize gender-fair language for a more nuanced adaptation and application.


Robyn Tupman

District Court of NSW, Australia

Judge of the District Court of NSW, President of the Australian Association of Women Judges. Robyn Tupman has been a Judge of the District Court for 19 years and was a solicitor and barrister in private practice from 1978. She currently presides over criminal trials in Sydney and occasionally in regional NSW. She is the current President of the Australian Association of Women Judges and plays an active role in the International Association, which promotes women’s judicial leadership worldwide and advocates for gender equity and training programmes in its member jurisdictions, especially involving issues of domestic violence and human trafficking.

Immediate Past President (ex officio) 

Susan Glazebrook

Supreme Court of New Zealand

Justice Susan Glazebrook is a judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand/Te Kōti Mana Nui and the President of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). Since becoming a judge, Justice Glazebrook has served as a member of the Advisory Council of Jurists for the Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (from 2002 to 2010) and from 2007 to 2012 chaired the Institute of Judicial Studies, the body responsible for judicial education in New Zealand. She currently chairs Tomo Mai, a cross-bench committee looking at ways at make the courts in Aotearoa/New Zealand more inclusive.

Chair, Board of Managerial Trustees(ex officio) 

Ann Walsh Bradley

Wisconsin Supreme Court, USA

Justice Ann Walsh Bradley serves on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, having first been elected to the position in 1995 and twice re-elected in statewide elections. She currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Managerial Trustees of the IAWJ, an ex-officio member of the IAWJ Board, and is a founding member of the Global Network on Electoral Justice. She has served as the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Judicial Academy and as an international lecturer for organizations including the Academy, the American Bar Association’s Asia Law Initiative, the U.S. Department of State, the International Law Development Organization, the International Finance Corporation, the IAWJ and has served as an Associate Dean of the Wisconsin Judicial College.

Asia- Pacific Region 

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Maria Filomena D. Singh

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines

Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh is a highly accomplished jurist with a diverse background in law and extensive experience in the judiciary. She holds a Juris Doctor degree with Second Honors distinction from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law, a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies from the Washington College of Law of the American University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English major in Imaginative Writing from the University of the Philippines. In 2014, Justice Singh was appointed as an Associate Justice of the Court of Appeals, where she served in several capacities, including as Chairperson of the Committee on Continuing Judicial Education. She is known for her involvement in drafting and revising rules and guidelines related to judicial procedures and notaries public.


Nicola Mathers

Auckland District Court, New Zealand

Judge Mathers was appointed a District Court Judge in 2000 with a general and jury warrant, and held the role of Civil Liaison Judge for the northern region of New Zealand for a number of years. She has been the co-ordinator of and presented seminars by the Institute of Judicial Studies. Judge Nicola Mathers was appointed as one of the two IAWJ Regional Directors for the Asia-Pacific region in 2020. Judge Nicola Mathers was appointed Treasurer for the NZAWJ Te Kāhui Kaiwhakawā Wāhine o Aotearoa on its inception in 2006, and held the role of President from 2010-2015, and remains on the executive committee of the Association.

Europe and MENA Region 

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Ita Farrelly 

District Tribunal Judge, United Kingdom

Judge Ita Farrelly is the youngest female full-time judge to be appointed in the UK (2018) and now UK leadership Judge in 2023. She was appointed as a diversity and communications judge and a board member of the UKAWJ since 2018. Educating the public and judiciary about the role of judges and equal rights and interests of women. In 2020, 2022 & 2023 she has promoted women’s access to the courts, speaking at the UK Law Society lecture series about career progression and fighting inequality for women (age, appearance, area, location, scholarly route). She had assisted in the resettlement of Afghanistan women judges initiatives, liaising and guest speaking at several international events.

Salima Rouhi

Commerce Tribunal Judge, Morocco

The honorable Judge Salima Rouhi is on the Trade Court of Casablanca and a member of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) and her Moroccan chapter the Union of Moroccan Women Judges (UMAWJ). She currently holds the post of secretary-general within the Union of Women Judges and the post of regional director for the Europe/MENA region among the IAWJ. Previously, she chaired the Chamber of tort cases, the Chamber of Violence against women and children and the Chamber of the Labor Law. She was a member of the Chamber of personal status of Moroccan expatriates (mixed-race marriage, exequatur).

Latin America and Caribbean Region

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Rosa Elena Gonzalez Tirado

Circuit Magistrate, Mexico

Magistrate Rosa Elena Gonzalez holds a law degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM 1982); she has completed a specialization in constitutional and administrative law at the postgraduate unit of the law school of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1984-1986), as well as a master's degree in law at the same postgraduate unit of the law school of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (1986), and a judicial specialization at the supreme court of justice of the nation (1990). She is currently a member of the regional plenary court in administrative matters of the central-north region with residence in Mexico City.

Sherlanne Pierre 

Master of High Court, Trinidad and Tobago

Master Sherlanne Pierre sits in the civil division of the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago. Prior to that, she sat in the Family and Children Division where she presided over matters concerning the welfare of children and the preservation of family life in unconventional ways. She sits on the Executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Women Judges and is former tutor at the Hugh Wooding Law School. Master Pierre remains involved in her local community where she teaches pre-teens about self-esteem and relationships and organises initiatives to provide companionship and support to senior citizens. 

North America Region

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Mona Lynch 

Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, Canada 

In 2002 Justice Mona Lynch was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Canada.  She serves as the International Director for North America from Canada on the Board of the IAWJ and is a member of the Afghan Support Committee.  She is the International Director and former President of the Canadian Chapter of the IAWJ. She is Vice-President of the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association (CSCJA) and Chairs the Judicial Conduct Committee of the CSCJA.

Lisa Walsh 

11th Judicial Circuit, United States

Judge Lisa Walsh has been a trial and appellate judge in Miami, Florida for 15 years. She is also an adjunct professor of appellate advocacy at St. Thomas Law School. She serves as International Director for the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) and Director for the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ). She was the 2015-2016 President of NAWJ. In 2016, she passed a national resolution calling on all judges to “make appointments that are consistent with the diversity of our society and the justice system.” She leads the US efforts to support refugees who were women judges in Afghanistan.

Sub-Saharan Africa Region

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Roli Harriman

High Court Judge, Nigeria

The Honourable Justice Harriman is a judge of the High Court of Delta State. She also is an ADR judge and Vice Chair of the Governing Council of the Delta State Multidoor Courthouse. She is a CEDR (UK) Accredited Mediator, holds a Diploma in International Commercial Arbitration and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators UK. She has had varied experience as a mediator in Nigeria and in the United Kingdom and a great advocate of forging peace worldwide through mediation. She served on the Panel of Neutrals of the Multidoor courthouses at the Abuja and Lagos High Courts, and was chairman of the National Committee on the Replication of Multidoor courthouses in Nigeria between 2004 and 2008. 

Henrietta Wolayo

High Court Judge, Uganda

Lady Justice Henrietta Wolayo is a judge of the High Court since 2013. She is the President of the IAWJ Africa Region and Director for East and Central Africa, on the IAWJ Board based in Washington .DC. She is the immediate Past of President of IAWJ Uganda Chapter since 2018 and was the chief host for the IAWJ Africa Region Conference held in Kampala, Uganda from October 26 to 29. She has worked in various parts of Uganda since her appointment in 2013 and before that when she was a magistrate and registrar. She holds a Masters in Business Association form ESAMI; a Master of Philosophy from the University of Zimbabwe and a Bachelor of Laws form Makerere University. 

  • Hon. Ann Walsh Bradley, Chair
  •  Hon. Anna Blackburne-Rigsby
  • Anita Botti
  • Judith W. Gilmore
  • Professor Judith Resnik
  • Hon. Marietta S. Robinson
  • Professor Joanne Rosen
  • Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, Vice Chair
  • Virginia Sloan
  • Hon. Carolyn Engel Temin
  • Justice Binta Nyako (ex officio)