IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Room 209, Level 2

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Men of quality respect women’s equality

Tuesday 1 November (1115 - 1230)

Room 209, Level 2
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IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council (Lead)
IBA Legal Policy & Research Unit


DiversityInclusionRuleOfLawThis session seeks to explore issues of gender parity in the legal profession following the launch of the ground breaking IBA & LexisNexis Rule of Law Foundation nine year global gender project - ‘50:50 by 2030’ - in 2021. 

Discussion will centre on the results of the study in England and Wales, Spain and Uganda, (in addition to seeing where we are in other jurisdictions underway), exploring the early findings. The discussion will delve into the root causes of gender inequality at senior levels of the legal profession, (looking at challenges such as child care, work life balance, menopause support, culture) and consider whether specific diversity initiatives yield meaningful impact. More broadly it will explore the situation of women lawyers post pandemic and in the context of wider sustainability concerns. It will consider whether there can be any real gender parity at the most senior levels in sectors where billing time and time spent at work may equate to longer term success.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Sara Carnegie International Bar Association, London, England; Member, IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council


Almudena Arpon de Mendivil Gomez-Acebo & Pombo, Madrid, Spain; IBA President
Michelle Behnke Michelle Behnke & Associates, Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Professor Ian McDougall LexisNexis, London, England
Judge Winfred Naigaga Judiciary, Kampala, Uganda
Christopher Watson CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, London, England; Co-Chair, IBA Diversity & Inclusion Council
Emma Watson UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, London, England